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Prosecutor Tim McGinty
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The Ohio Supreme Court says five Cleveland police supervisors may face trial in East Cleveland on misdemeanor dereliction of duty charges. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Nick Castele reports the supervisors were charged in connection with a 2012 cross-town chase that ended in 137 gunshots.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors accused the supervisors of failing to control the chase. It involved dozens of police cars and ended with the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist and his passenger, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

MAUREEN O'CONNOR
OHIO SUPREME COURT

A two-year-old state law that limits the use of traffic cameras went before the Ohio Supreme Court today, in a case filed by cities who claim the law amounts to a ban on those devices. 

More than 20 cities put up cameras to catch drivers running red lights, speeding or committing other traffic violations.

A few of those camera programs were repealed by voters. Most other cities shut off their cameras after the state law passed, saying it has such severe restrictions it basically outlawed those cameras.

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A city is not immune in the case of a crash involving a stop sign that was obscured by a tree. That’s the finding of the Ohio Supreme Court.

In May, 2011, a driver ran a stop sign in Findlay and caused a crash. She was cited, but said she didn’t see the stop sign until it was too late because it was blocked by leaves and branches from a tree.

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DAN KONIK

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled an experienced police officer’s testimony is sufficient to prove a driver was under the influence of drugs. 

The ruling comes from a 2012 case in Dayton, when Clinton Richardson rear ended a car.

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