Murder-for-hire case goes to Ohio Supreme Court

A murder-for-hire conviction out of Erie County made its way to the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 25, 2013

 

Thomas Ricks, 27, formerly of Detroit, was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 after he was convicted in the aggravated murder of Calvin Harper Jr. during a drug deal gone bad in 2008.

Ricks' case made it to the Supreme Court after Sixth District Court of Appeals judges issued a split opinion on the case. One judge contended the entire case should have been sent back for a retrial, because of hearsay testimony that was admitted, but shouldn't have been.

Prosecutor Kevin Baxter and Ohio Public Defender Kristopher Haines argued the point before Supreme Court justices Wednesday.

Watch a video of the proceedings below and pick up a copy of Friday's Register for more.

 

 

 

 

Comments

wiredmama222

who was the judge in this case?

OMG.LOL.WT_

Prosecutor Kevin Baxter and Ohio Public Defender Kristopher Haines argued the point before Supreme Court JUSTICES Wednesday.
There are 7.

wiredmama222

I KNOW that, I mean in the original case? Who was the judge in the original case hearing this?

Julie R.

@wiredmama: It either had to be Tone or Binette. More than likely it was Binette.

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Julie R.

The recordered police interview of the suspect also went missing.

http://www.morningjournal.com/ar...

wiredmama222

TY Julie. The reason I was asking is that the 6th Circuit court was split down the middle on this and one justice stated he felt NONE of the "hear-say" evidence from the police officer should have been admitted. AND that a new trial should be granted. If that is the case, and the supreme court abides by THAT ruling, this whole case will get re-tried, when will THAT go on the docket? Before or after Clinton?

That means Baxter has to try TWO high profile cases almost back to back, right? And when an appeals case comes up, doesn't the judge who heard the first case have to recuse himself? (does anyone know?)

Doesn't that mean that whether Tone or Binette will have to step aside while the other is doing the trial? Baxter HAS to try the appeals case, yes? (does anyone know?)

I had a ton of questions about this. It seemed to me that Baxter sort of forced this to the Supreme Court and didn't want to take the Circuit courts word on this, did he? Or did I miss something?

What affect on the date of the Clinton trial will this new appeals trial have ????? I guess I am thinking the this appeal will take presidence over the other? Will it?

Julie R.

"And when an appeals case comes up, doesn't the judge who heard the first case have to recuse himself?"

Remember the case where Citizens Bank foreclosed on a Sandusky factory and then years later filed a lawsuit saying the deceased former factory owner's estate should have to pay for the removal of the oil drums from the site? Binette ruled in favor of Citizens Bank but the 6th District Court didn't agree and told Binette to review the case again ...... so I would assume the answer to that question is NO. (unless the rules differ in civil cases)