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Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C. - Civil-Rights Groups, Lawyers Applaud Nomination of Marisa Darden as U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio 

November 17, 2021

Civil-rights groups and attorneys are hailing the nomination of Marisa Darden as U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio. Attorney Ian Friedman, said Darden “possesses all of the attributes and experiences that make her the best person for this position.”

Court TV - The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery & the Kenosha Protest Shooting 

November 16, 2021

Attorney Ian Friedman provides commentary on Court TV's Closing Arguments regarding the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the three men on trial for killing Ahmaud Arbery.

Cleveland Jewish News - Antisemitic Claims Surface in VASJ Coach Rotsky’s Lawsuit

November 1, 2021

Ian Friedman, Eric Long and Tyler Walchanowicz suspect antisemetic motives played a role in Coach Jeff Rotsky's suspension. - VASJ’s Jeff Rotsky Receives Temporary Restraining Order to Coach Friday in OHSAA Football Playoff Game

October 28, 2021

Ian Friedman, Eric Long and Tyler Walchanowicz defend Coach Jeff Rotsky from actions taken against him by the OHSAA.

Ohio Lawyer Magazine - Title IX and the Return to Campus

October 6, 2021

Attorneys Tyler Walchanowicz and Eric Long discuss the political and judicial climate as it pertains to Title IX. - Ohio and Other States Announce Multi-Billion Dollar Opioid Lawsuit Settlement: Capitol Letter

August 30, 2021

Tentative $26 billion settlement with the nation’s three largest pharmaceutical distributors to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the companies’ role in the opioid epidemic. - Ohio Agrees to Pay Out $35,000 to Protester Struck by Officer During George Floyd Demonstrations

August 6, 2021

The City of Ohio has agreed to pay $35,000 to a protester beaten by an officer during a demonstration against police brutality. - Former Chagrin Falls Village Clerk Who Stole $250K Over 20 Years Spared Jail Time

August 5, 2021

The former Chargin Falls clerk who embezzled nearly $250,000 from the village’s coffers will not spend any time behind bars.

New York Times - Drake Bell Given Two Years of Probation in Childhood Endangerment Case

July 12, 2021

Jared Drake Bell, a former star of the Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh,” was sentenced on Monday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to two charges against him relating to a girl he had met online and who attended one of his concerts in Ohio in 2017.

The New York Times - Drake Bell Charged With Attempted Child Endangerment

June 4, 2021

Jared Drake Bell, a former star of the Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake & Josh,” was charged in Ohio with attempted child endangerment and disseminating material harmful to children.

The Wall Street Journal - SEC Sues Cryptocurrency Promoters Over Deal That Raised $2 Billion

May 28, 2021

Washington regulators sued a group of cryptocurrency promoters who helped raise over $2 billion from investors with the promise of 40% monthly returns, in one of the largest cases ever brought over digital assets.

Ohio 19 - Felony Gun Charge for Pittsburgh Steelers Player Dropped as Part of Lake County Plea Deal

May 5, 2021

A Pittsburgh Steelers player who was initially arrested in Lake County on gun and traffic violations reached a plea deal with prosecutors on Wednesday.

The Blade - The World of Title IX Grapples with New Regulations, Pending Charges

May 2, 2021

Over many months, Olivia Dunn has spent hours in therapy trying to overcome the mental and emotional trauma she never thought she’d find at the hands of the officials tasked with protecting her right to an education.

10WBNS - Eight Charged in Hazing Death of Bowling Green Student Stone Foltz

April 29, 2021

The Wood County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday announced charges against eight people in the hazing death of Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz.

People - Eight Men Charged After Alleged Hazing Incident Bowling Green State University That Left Pledged Dead

April 29, 2021

Sophomore Stone Foltz died in March three days after attending an off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha event where he was allegedly forced to consume a large amount of alcohol.

NBC News - Eight People Charged in Hazing Death of Stone Foltz at Bowling Green State University

April 29, 2021

Eight people have been charged in connection with the death of Stone Foltz, the Ohio college student who died earlier this year after an alleged hazing at Bowling Green State University.


Ideastream -Bail Project Employee Sues Ohio, Police Over June 2020 Curfew Arrest

April 6, 2021

A Bail Project employee is suing the City of Ohio and police officers over his arrest last year, saying his Downtown residency exempted him from the curfew order imposed after the May 30 demonstrations and rioting. -Bail Project Employee Files Lawsuit Against Ohio, Police Officers Who Arrested Him For Curfew Violations After Protests May 30

April 6, 2021

A community activist has accused the City of Ohio and several police officers of civil-rights violations, claiming that he was arrested twice on the same day without probable cause in the aftermath of downtown riots last summer.

ABC 5 News Cleveland - Expanded 'Stand Your Ground' Law Taking Effect April 6 Places Burden On State to Disprove Self-Defense

March 21, 2021

Ohio's expanded "Stand Your Ground" law goes into effect on April 6. "We used to hear that it was the castle doctrine. So, it just had to be from your home and then your car. Now there is no limit," said Ohio criminal defense attorney Ian Friedman. "It can be anywhere where you may be approached, anywhere where you may feel that fear that you or someone else is facing great bodily harm or death." - Former Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy Sues Department, Akron Police Over Firing

March 11, 2021

A former Summit County sheriff’s deputy sued the department and Akron police on Wednesday, accusing authorities of mishandling an investigation into rape allegations and pinning other charges on him because he is Black. 

Akron Beacon Journal - Former Summit County Sheriff Lieutenant Sues Sheriff, City of Akron

March 11, 2021

A former Summit County Sheriff lieutenant found to have been selectively prosecuted because of his race has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff’s office and the City of Akron. Antonio Williamson alleges discrimination and wrongful prosecution and termination in his lawsuit filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Akron. He is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. - Ohio Settles Lawsuit with Euclid Woman Over Officer’s Actions During George Floyd Protests May 30

February 26, 2021

The City of Ohio has agreed to pay a Euclid woman $35,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a police officer who sprayed pepper spray in her face during the George Floyd protests at the Justice Center on May 30. Attorneys said in filings this week that the case had been resolved in U.S. District Court in Ohio. A second federal lawsuit involving the officer, John Kazimer, for his actions that day is pending.

Little Detours Podcast - Ep. 53: Ian N. Friedman On Creating a New Life

February 17, 2021

Ohio Criminal Defense lawyer Ian N. Friedman got a new grip on life after he lost his arm in a motorcycle accident. The moment he hit the guardrail and flew 100 feet has been with him every day since June 17, 2011. The metal tore through his neck and severed the nerves to his arm. He calls it the best thing that happened to him.

Ohio 19 News – Resident Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Police Claiming He Was Profiled and Arrested While Picking up Groceries Day After May Riots

January 26, 2021

Eight months after the downtown riots, a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against six Ohio Police officers and the city. A downtown Ohio resident says he was profiled and arrested by police while walking to pick up groceries the day after the riots at 4:17 p.m. He was never actually charged with a crime until one week after his arrest. Attorney Eric Long says that alone should raise questions, “I think it’s reasonable to question whether the decision a week later was in an effort to clean up the mess that they (police) had made.”

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