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Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies Transferring Evidence in Juvenile Cases to Adult Court


In a unanimous decision, Ohio’s Supreme Court upheld an involuntary manslaughter conviction of a 16-year-old, as it clarified how evidence is transferred from juvenile to adult court, reports Dan Trevas for Court News Ohio.

Before transferring a minor to face criminal charges in adult court, a juvenile judge must decide if prosecutors delivered enough evidence to show more than mere suspicion of guilt. However, the judge does not decide between the prosecution and defense theories. Since judges do not way the theories, the court said the ruling in the case was not subject to “manifest review,” which appeals courts use to decide whether a jury or judge adequately weighed all the evidence before determining guilt.

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