By Csaba Sukosd | March 13, 2019 – Court News Ohio
The Ohio Supreme Court initiative that brought eight states together to fight the opioid epidemic is being replicated by the six New England states.
Chief justices from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont have formed the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (NE RJOI).
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and fellow chief justices, government, law enforcement, health officials and academics from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia convened in Cincinnati in August 2016 to create the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI).
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Can Oakland County confiscate a citizen’s personal property for $8.41 in unpaid taxes? This question will likely be answered by the Michigan Supreme Court later this year.
The case at hand involves Uri Rafaeli, who failed to pay the interest owed on property taxes for a rental property in Southfield several years ago. Oakland County eventually foreclosed on his property for the $8.41 plus $277 in additional interest and fees. Similarly, Oakland County seized Andre Ohanessian’s property in Orchard Village for a $6,000 tax debt.
The county proceeded to auction Rafaeli’s property for $24,500 and Ohanessian’s property for $82,000 — and then kept the surplus proceeds. Lower state courts have agreed the officials acted properly under Michigan’s General Property Tax Act, which requires officials to take property for any amount of unpaid taxes and keep all the proceeds if they sell it.
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By Joe Barnett, Detroit News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2019
Lancaster, Ohio – Kathryn Cornelius-Blume has joined Dagger Law where she’ll focus on criminal defense, juvenile law, and general civil litigation.
Prior to starting in private practice, Cornelius-Blume was a staff attorney at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services where she practiced all areas of civil litigation. She found her passion for litigation while in law school and gained valuable first-hand experience as a certified legal intern at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She was also a law clerk at Gerhardstein and Branch Co. LPA and a judicial extern for Justice Sharon Kennedy at the Ohio Supreme Court.
“Kathryn’s unique experiences and legal expertise is a tremendous asset to our team” said Jeff J. Spangler, co-managing partner at Dagger Law. “She is a passionate advocate for our community and clients.”
Cornelius-Blume received her a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the senior article editor of Human Rights Quarterly.
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