News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Akron bar pushes high court to find Beacon reporter in contempt
The bar association calls the newspaper arrogant in fighting its subpoena in a lawyer discipline case
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

The Akron Bar Association has filed a motion with the Ohio Supreme Court laying out the reasons the state high court should find a Beacon Journal reporter in contempt. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a case that has drawn national attention:

LISTEN: Akron bar arguments

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:09)


The bar association insists it is not harassing the reporter, Phil Trexler. It says it simply wants him obey its subpoena, and testify and answer questions under oath about the accuracy of a story he wrote. 

That accuracy is key to a dispute between a Summit County judge and a lawyer whose 80-year-old client was arrested after he failed to appear for a hearing in a civil case. Trexler’s story quoted the lawyer saying he had never been notified of the hearing nor received the arrest warrants for his client.
The judge in that civil case said the lawyer was disparaging him and took a complaint for disciplinary action to the bar association. 

The lawyer said he was partially misquoted. And the bar association says it needs to question Trexler about that – and that written statement by Trexler verifying the accuracy of his story is not enough.

The Beacon Journal has challenged the subpoena, saying forcing a reporter to undergo cross-examination by a quasi-judicial body is a dangerous precedent. But the bar association says its job – disciplining lawyers and upholding the integrity of the legal system – is “of at least as much public importance as civil proceedings.”

It accuses Trexler of a “baseless refusal” to testify. It also calls the Beacon Journal’s attitude “arrogant and insulting” to the court.

Here are links to the Akron Bar Association's filings with the Supreme Court:

http://www.wksu.org/news/attachments/38296/Relator-Response-for-Mtn-Contempt-2-13-14.pdf 

http://www.wksu.org/news/attachments/38296/Relator-Motion-to-Hold-Phil-Trexler-in-Contempt-of-Court.pdf

http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Boards/BOC/default.asp


Related WKSU Stories

Beacon Journal fights contempt threat from bar association in lawyer discipline case
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Akron Beacon Journal and reporter could be held in contempt
Friday, February 7, 2014

Beacon Journal fights contempt threat from bar association in lawyer discipline case
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

What's it take to take control of cancer?
In the case of bowel/colorectal cancer, the surest method of prevention is to have a colonoscopy, during which pre-cancerous "polyps" are removed - https://t.co...

Western Stark Free Clinic is set to close but to continue its role
WHAT OTHER DENTAL CLINICS AND MEDICAL CLINICS ARE IN THE CANTON AND MASSILLON, OHIO AREAS?

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University