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Legal News Roundup: September 30

Here’s a roundup of recent legal stories in the news.

Charges Against Former Solon High School Band Director

19 News – A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted 50-year old Edward Kline with 17 counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition. Documents state the nature of Kline’s alleged crimes, including sexual abuse of a then 12-year-old. Kline spent over 10 years as a band director at Solon High School. Between 2003 and 2014, Kline had several incidents where the victims accused him of molestation and abuse.

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New Law in California Based on Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash

Helicopter crash scene

A helicopter crash killed nine people earlier this year in California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Associated Press – There is a new law in California prompted by the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others. It makes it illegal for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime. Reports surfaced after the January 26 crash that graphic photos of the victims were being shared. Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, filed a lawsuit over the leaked photos.

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TikTok Remains for Now

The Hollywood Reporter – A D.C. federal judge provided TikTok a temporary reprieve from the U.S. government’s ban of the popular video app. A partial injunction order came after an emergency court hearing on Sunday. The U.S. government is seeking to separate the app from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, in order to protect U.S. user data and curb potential interference by the Chinese government.

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President Trump Announces His Supreme Court Nominee

Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett is the president’s pick for the vacant Supreme Court seat.

NPR – President Trump said he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, the 48-year-old judge will solidify the court’s conservative majority. Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, say whoever wins in November should pick the next justice.

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Drug-Testing Alternative in Northwest Ohio

Court News Ohio – A northwest Ohio court is experimenting with a nontraditional drug-screening method in an effort to cut thousands of dollars spent annually on tests for illegal substances. Lucas County Common Pleas Court is conducting a pilot program for its drug court participants that uses a retinal scanner to detect prohibited substances. The ocular scanning process is similar to a vision exam at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or an optometrist’s office, where a person looks into goggles connected to a machine.

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