June 5, 2019
Today the City of Cincinnati released additional secret text messages between members of council discussing the Harry Black firing. The Court of Claims ordered the City to produce these documents as part of a lawsuit filed by Angenette Levy and Channel 12. The text messages are searchable below and here.
April 17, 2019
Perry Township in Montgomery County, Ohio, has been in the news recently regarding a mass resignation of police officers and the controversial hiring of a new police chief. One concerned citizen contacted our office after she felt township officials were attempting to intimidate her when she sought information and spoke out against the hiring. In … Continue reading Finney Law Firm Files Public Records Suit against Perry Township
March 28, 2019
Finney Law Firm attorney Brian Shrive filed suit on Thursday against the Columbus Ohio Historic Resources Commission, seeking to enjoin violations of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act. The Commission routinely fails to create minutes of its meetings and has failed to locate audio recordings of its meetings. Our client is a Columbus resident whose efforts to … Continue reading Finney Law Firm Files Open Meetings Suit in Columbus
March 27, 2019
Pursuant to the Agreed Entry and Order by Judge Ruehlman, Cincinnati Councilmembers Tamaya Dennard, Greg Landsman, Chris Seelbach, PG Sittenfeld, and Wendell Young – the self-proclaimed “Gang of Five” turned over emails between them. What stands out is the substantial amount of public business being discussed and conducted in secret emails using private accounts rather … Continue reading Gang of Five Emails Produced
March 26, 2019
The Ohio Channel has the video of today’s oral argument before the Ohio Supreme Court in State ex rel. Meade v. Village of Bratenahl, et al. available online. Click on image below to view the oral argument.
March 25, 2019
On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Curt Hartman, of counsel attorney with Finney Law Firm, will represent Pat Meade before the Ohio Supreme Court. This suit seeks enforcement of Ohio’s Open Meetings Law (R.C. 121.22) to prohibit local governments from voting by secret ballot. Meade brought suit in 2016 against the members of the Village of Bratenahl’s … Continue reading Finney Law Firm Heads to Ohio Supreme Court
March 7, 2019
Cincinnati’s self-proclaimed “Gang of Five” turned over text messages exchanged between them as part of the agreed order issued today in our litigation to expose the secret communications between the majority of the Cincinnati City Council. Read the text messages below or online here.
November 20, 2018
Attorneys for Cincinnati’s Gang of Five informed us today that Wendell Young and Tamaya Dennard have destroyed text messages responsive to our public records and discovery requests. Dennard claims to have accidentally dropped her phone in a swimming pool and Young simply and intentionally deleted his text messages. It is our understanding that the messages … Continue reading Gang of Five Destroy Text Messages
Attorneys for the City of Cincinnati today gave the Court of Appeals copies of the text messages responsive to our April 9, 2018 public records request. Our request seeks communications between members of the self-proclaimed “Gang of Five” (Councilmembers Landsman, Sittenfeld, Dennard, Seelbach, and Young) and any other council member related to the official business … Continue reading Gang of Five Submits Text Messages to Court of Appeals for In Camera Review
November 9, 2018
Finney Law Firm’s lawsuit on behalf of Brittney Heitman against Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval has been remanded back to the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Readers will recall that Heitman filed suit in August to have a non-disparagement clause declared unenforceable under Ohio law. Heitman was fired from the clerk of court’s office … Continue reading Pureval Lawsuit Returned to State Court