On May 15th, 2019, the Ohio Supreme Court granted review of Case Number 2019-0295 captioned Bey v. Rasawehr. Out of 57 discretionary appeals filed, this was one of only 3 accepted. This case is on appeal from Mercer County Court of Common Pleas Case numbers 10-18-02 and 10-18-03 – and the ensuing Third District Appeal in 2019-Ohio-57. The Ohio Supreme Court accepted the Appeal on Appellant’s Proposition of Law No. II – and will undertake to consider whether prior restraints on the exercise of free speech are unconstitutional and presumptively invalid, as applied to the facts in this matter.
The law firm of Sawan & Sawan filed a Memorandum in Support of Jurisdiction with the Ohio Supreme Court on February 27th, 2019.
Professor Eugene Volokh, a distinguished Professor at the UCLA School of Law filed an Amicus Brief in this matter in support of jurisdiction. Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, tort law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic at UCLA School of Law. Before teaching at UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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The law firm of Sawan & Sawan looks forward to arguing this matter before the Ohio Supreme Court in the upcoming months.