Cathy Harper Lee speaking about Toolkit

Akron Beacon Journal: New, online tool kit will help crime victims navigate their rights; Judge Carol Dezso honored

Crime victims in Ohio may not be aware of the more than 650 rights they have under federal and state law.

A new, online tool kit is aimed at helping victims to navigate these protections that follow them from the hospital room to the courtroom and beyond.

“We’re hoping the tool kit will provide them with the information they need,” Cathy Harper Lee, who heads up the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center that is launching the tool kit, said Tuesday during a Victims’ Rights Week luncheon in Akron.

Lee said the tool kit is the first of its kind in the world.

Akron Beacon Journal: Surviving victim can testify in Eric Hendon’s triple-murder case; Summit County judge denies defense request for sanctions

The surviving victim in a triple murder will have her day in court.

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall Jones on Monday denied a request for sanctions against Summit County prosecutors in Eric Hendon’s murder case. One of the requested sanctions would have barred Ronda Blankenship, who survived the shooting rampage that left her boyfriend and his two teen-age children dead, from testifying.

Blankenship was pleased by Jones’ long-awaited decision on the sanctions question.

WKBN 27: Sojourner House holds candlelight vigil for domestic violence victims

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Sojourner House held its annual candlelight vigil on Thursday afternoon.

The theme of the vigil this year was “Take a Stand against Domestic Violence.”

Domestic violence victim Joanne Aubrey shared her story of being shot with her own gun by her husband. She lost parts of five organs and was nearly paralyzed after the attack, which occurred in 1969.

At that time, Aubrey said the services provided to domestic violence victims were few and far between. Those accused, she said, were treated very differently.

10TV: Domestic Violence Victim Wins Day In Court With Help From Justice League

MORROW COUNTY, Ohio - A Morrow County woman who spent years fighting the system finally won her day in court.  The alleged victim says her ex-husband he terrorized her and believes the court almost let him get away with it.

William White was arrested last Sunday on a warrant for 10 felony stalking charges.  His ex-wife Danielle Morlan has been waiting to see him locked up for more than three years.

Morlan says today is the day the court stops turning a blind eye to justice.

Plain Dealer: After 5-year delay, Youngstown rape victim's attacker sentenced to prison

CLEVELAND, Ohio – More than 5 1/2 years after reporting that a co-worker viciously attacked her, LaTreese Miller this week saw the man sentenced to a decade in prison.

Miller's rape case had dragged on for so long that in February she asked an Ohio appellate court to  for kidnapping and rape charges that had been pending since 2010.

Akron Beacon Journal: Heated debate in court over personal information of survivor of triple homicide in Barberton

Summit County Assistant Prosecutor Teri Burnside on Thursday said she couldn’t comply with a court order to disclose personal information belonging to the sole survivor of a 2013 New Year’s Eve triple homicide in Barberton.

An attorney representing the survivor filed a motion to delay the court order until an appeal of it can be decided by the Ninth District Court of Appeals.

“I believe this is a very slippery slope, especially with a victim of a very violent crime,” Burnside told the Summit court.

Akron Beacon Journal: Surviving victim in triple-murder incident fights release of personal information, hires own attorney from Justice League

She was stabbed, shot in the face and left for dead.

Now Ronda Blankenship feels she is being victimized again, this time by the judicial system.

Blankenship, the star witness in the 2013 incident that left her with one eye and her boyfriend and his two teenage children dead, has been battling defense attorneys seeking a plethora of personal information from her in the trial of the second of two brothers charged in the triple murder. The defense has requested her medical and psychological records, cellphone, laptop and Facebook and email passwords.

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