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U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals holds oral argument at Akron Law

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Students and educators at The University of Akron School of Law recently got a rare chance to observe a three-judge panel of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in action as the appellate judges heard oral argument inside the David and Ann Amer Brennan Courtroom at the McDowell Law Center.
The event took place on Sept. 24, ... (full story)

Portage County trial court’s band camp hazing decision affirmed

Two Streetsboro High School music teachers sued the school system for defamation after they were fired over hazing accusations at band camp.
The 11th District Court of Appeals recently determined a Portage County trial court did not err by granting the school district’s motion to dismiss the case.
Plaintiffs Gretchen ... (full story)

Infrastructure matters for wildlife too – here's how aging culverts are blocking Pacific salmon migration

(THE CONVERSATION) As the Biden administration prepares to make the biggest investment in U.S. infrastructure in more than a decade, there's much discussion about how systems like roads, bridges and electric power grids affect people's daily lives. Here's an angle that's received less attention: Wildlife depends on infrastructure to ... (full story)

Organized crime top driver of global deforestation and beef, soy, palm oil, wood

(THE CONVERSATION) Every year the world loses an estimated 25 million acres (10 million hectares) of forest, an area larger than the state of Indiana. Nearly all of it is in the tropics.
Tropical forests store enormous quantities of carbon and are home to at least two-thirds of the world's living species, so deforestation has d ... (full story)

9th District reverses Summit Cty. trial court’s warrantless search decision

A Summit County trial court erred by finding the state conducted a warrantless search of a parolee’s vehicle, according to the 9th District Court of Appeals.
Anfenee Crandall was under the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority when several warrants were issued for his arrest. At the time, he was living in an apartment ... (full story)