News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Greater Akron Chamber

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Ohio Supreme Court dismisses contempt case against the Beacon Journal
Akron Bar Association wanted reporter held in contempt for refusing to answer questions. 
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

A Beacon Journal reporter will not be found in contempt for refusing to testify in disciplinary case against an Akron lawyer. 

This morning, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed the case in which the Akron Bar Association wanted the court to find reporter Phil Trexler in contempt. The bar is investigating a dispute involving attorney Larry Shenise, who was quoted in the Beacon as saying Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher had failed to notify him of a hearing in a civil lawsuit. That later led to his 80-year-old client being jailed. The judge said Shenise had besmirched him. The lawyer said he was misquoted. 

Trexler and the Beacon had offered to file a sworn statement on the facts of the story, but the bar association wanted him to testify. In a 4-3 decision last month, the state high court ordered the newspaper and Trexler to file arguments on why they should not be found in contempt.

They responded that compelling reporters to testify – especially before quasi-judicial bodies like the bar – should only be done in extremely serious cases because of the importance of the First Amendment.


Related WKSU Stories

Akron bar pushes high court to find Beacon reporter in contempt
Friday, February 14, 2014

Beacon Journal fights contempt threat from bar association in lawyer discipline case
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue
Get Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos! He's fantastic and seems like a great person.

Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
That makes no sense at all... why not let cities determine driving codes as well? Maybe Cincy want's folks to drive on the left side of the road. What could go ...

Exploradio: Autism in the workplace
I would love to get more information re: Autism on The Town and other such programs in Northeast Ohio. Thanks!!

Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
It is about time this is presented to proceed with a plan of prevention..to protect our youth.And very necessary to inform communities through school, churches ...

Fermented food company aims to preserve Cleveland's farm-to-table movement
This is terrific! I make my own sauerkraut and consider it vital to good health. Well done, I wish you all success.

Ohio doctors get new guidelines for prescribing certain painkillers
I would gladly smoke pot to get off pain killers but its not legal.It would save the hassle of doctor visits for pill counts,pee tests,blood tests,driving to pi...

Ohio unemployment cuts are nearing a Statehouse vote
What about those that are laid off seasonally? My husband has been employed by the same company for 26 years and has been laid off (for the last 17) mid-Januar...

Ban on microbeads is a big step in fighting plastic pollution
What a bunch of liberal "so open minded their brains fell out" tree huggin yuppies. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Biggest joke everm these people are evil they know marijuana is harmless they rigged the polls last nov everypne kmows it

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
Police to fast with the trigger finger and not the brain.A lot of police officers out here judge by color first instead of accessing the situation first. If a p...

Copyright © 2016 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University