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August 3, 2006

The Ohio Supreme Court announced yesterday that the Code of Professional Responsibility will be replaced, effective February 1st of next year, with the Code of Professional Conduct.  You can find a copy of it here, and a summary of the changes it represents from the old Code here.  Of course, you might want to wait until it's out on video...

I gave it a quick glance-over, and in the coming months I'll look over it in more detail and probably do some posts about the changes.  Rest assured that if you're a regular reader here, by February 1st you will be ready to go forth into a new day and age with the certainty that your record of ethical probity will remain unblemished.

The 8th District dealt a blow a few months back to the movement to get rid of the traffic cameras in Cleveland, but it was only a glancing one.  The Court denied a writ of prohibition stopping the program, largely on the basis that it wasn't clear whether the city had authority to do it; considering that a "clear entitlement to relief" is one of the requirements for prohibition, that pretty much took care of that.  (The opinion also noted that since anyone getting a ticket can appeal to the common pleas court, there was also an "adequate remedy at law.")

This isn't the final word, of course.  Courts in Trumbull County and Jefferson County have ruled against the schemes, and the Ohio House has passed a bill requiring a police officer to be on duty to write tickets for all the cameras, which will pretty much put the kibosh to the whole thing.  As one whose wallet was lightened (by a heavy foot) just recently, if those things go, I will not be the one mourning their passing.

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