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Ray Tensing Trial
Tensing Trial Update: Media Access to Jury Selection ProcessLast week the Cincinnati Enquirer, WCPO Channel 9, WLWT Channel 5, WKRC Channel 12 and WXIX Channel 19 filed lawsuits in the First District Court of Appeals against Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Leslie Ghiz, who is presiding over the Ray Tensing Trial. The lawsuits concerned Judge Ghiz’ Order not to release the completed Jury Questionnaires until after the Tensing Trial is complete and her Order concerning various media restrictions during the jury selection process, including but not limited to:
(1) only allowing limited media in the room through a lottery system; and
(2) prohibiting their use of any electronic devices during the jury selection process.
On Friday May 26, 2017, the Court of Appeals issued an Order preventing the enforcement of Judge Ghiz’s Order because she failed to first hold an evidentiary hearing, as required by Ohio law, according to the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals was scheduled to hold a full hearing on all of the media’s pending Motions and Complaints tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. But, today, Judge Ghiz has vacated her own Order and will conduct an evidentiary hearing tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in her courtroom. With that said, all Motions, Complaints and Writs pending in the Court of Appeals were dismissed as moot.
In light of the above, the jury selection process is suspended for today.
In addition, today Judge Ghiz has released the blank jury questionnaires which the potential jurors were required to complete last week. A copy of the blank jury questionnaires is attached for your convenience. They appear to be nearly identical to the questionnaire used during the first trial.
We will have more updates as they become available.
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