Special to 1808Delaware
The Delaware County Public Defender Commission has announced the hiring of John Cornely as the County’s first Public Defender. The Public Defender Office provides legal representation for indigent defendants in the Delaware County judicial system, who cannot afford to hire attorneys themselves.
Cornely, a resident of Lewis Center, comes to the PDO after serving as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Ohio Public Defender for the last three years. Prior to his tenure there, Cornely was the Director of Ross County’s Public Defender Office and was an Assistant Public Defender in Athens County. He is a 1993 graduate of Olentangy High School, as well as a graduate of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.
“I am excited to start the Public Defender Office,” said Cornely. “I thank the Public Defender Commission and the County Commissioners for choosing me to lead the Office.” More…
When $7.7 million in criminal justice agencies across Ohio was announced this week by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), Delaware County was well represented among the recipients.
Local grants were obtained both from the Edward J. Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and the Violence Against Women Act grant programs.
The former grant, described by OCJS as allowing “… local and state governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on the needs and conditions of the jurisdictions and supports multijurisdictional drug task forces, school resource officers, drug, veteran and mental health courts, corrections projects, and justice technology initiatives in Ohio,” gave funding to: More…
by David C.DeWitt, Ohio Capital Journal
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a formal opinion Wednesday that courts may suspend jury trials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and that they may do so consistent with state and federal speedy-trial obligations, a press release announced.
“Only the trial court can continue a case,” Yost said. “This opinion is a review of the law under which prosecutors can request such continuance based on the public health emergency.” More…