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1st District Court of Appeals Summaries

Print November 17, 2023 First District Court of Appeals Summaries
 
 
FIRST DISTRICT
COURT OF APPEALS
        
THESE SUMMARIES ARE NEITHER APPROVED IN ADVANCE NOR ENDORSED BY THE COURT.  THEY ARE NOT HEADNOTES OR SYLLABI.  INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD OBTAIN COPIES OF THE ACTUAL DECISIONS FROM THE CLERK OF THE COURT OF APPEALS.
 
DATE: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
CAPTION: STATE V. MORRIS
APPEAL NO.: C-230108
TRIAL NO.: B-2202366
KEY WORDS: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW/CRIMINAL– RIGHT TO COUNSEL – WAIVER – ATTACHMENT – STATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS – INTERROGATION 
SUMMARY: Defendant’s right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio Constitution attached at his arraignment, where defendant was brought before a judge who set bond, informed him of the nature of his charges, determined probable cause, and appointed defendant counsel.
Defendant’s right to counsel under Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio Constitution is broader than the right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution and defendant’s uncounseled waiver of the right to counsel under Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio Constitution at a state-initiated interrogation was invalid. [See CONCURRENCE: Because the state Constitution may provide more protections for the accused than the federal Constitution, litigants are encouraged to continue to develop arguments under the Ohio Constitution.] [But see DISSENT: Interrogation is valid where there was no infringement on defendant’s right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution; the right to counsel under Article I, Section 10 of the Ohio Constitution is comparable to the right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment, not broader; and no compelling reason exists for why Ohio constitutional law should differ from federal law in this area.]
JUDGMENT: AFFIRMED
JUDGES: OPINION by BOCK, J.; CROUSE, P.J., CONCURS SEPARATELY and WINKLER, J., DISSENTS.
 
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