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.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Metro RTA


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
Crime and Courts


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

Another Indians season opens with Chief Wahoo under scrutiny
The picture you have for Robert rocha is not him. He has long hair. No idea who that guy is in that picture

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Copyright © 2014 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