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Guam Catholic church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Guam Catholic church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes announced recently that mediation efforts that began in September led the chur ... (full story)


Michigan voters bring legal recreational pot to the Midwest

Michigan voters bring legal recreational pot to the Midwest

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters last Tuesday made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug and putting conservative neighboring states on notice.
Three other states had marijuana-related measures on their ballo ... (full story)


Legal Aid receives $1.2M in grants to help local DV victims

AKRON -- Community Legal Aid has been awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help local domestic violence victims.
Specifically, Legal Aid was awarded a shared grant of nearly $635,000 for its Justice for Victimized Families project in Trumbull County. Legal Aid also received $600,000 from the Office on Violence Ag ... (full story)


Northern Ohio gasoline distributor’s tax refund claim rejected

The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a Sunoco gasoline middleman’s argument that the company was entitled to a $417,000 commercial activities tax (CAT) refund. The Court found the company is not exempt from paying state tax on the more than 11 billion gallons of fuel it sold to northern Ohio retail stations annually.
The Supreme ... (full story)


Trial judge’s inspection of secret Grand Jury proceedings cannot be immediately appealed

A court reporter cannot immediately appeal a judge’s demand to privately review sealed grand jury materials, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court indicated that a Cuyahoga County court reporter’s attempt to quash a subpoena duces tecum to turn over grand jury records for a judge& ... (full story)