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COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) – Last September, the Republican Ohio Senator Gov. John Kasich appointed to a Geauga County Juvenile and Probate Judge post, held a detention hearing Tuesday for T.J. Lane, the 17-year old Chardon high school shooter who shot and killed three students and wounded two others in the school’s cafeteria yesterday.
Tuesday afternoon, the former Army prosecutor who was one of the Republican hold-out votes against passing Kasich’s signature bill to gut public union collective bargaining right last year, ordered Mr. Lane to be detained for another 15 days, according to juvenile justice rules.
In the first public appearance by Lane following his apprehension by law local enforcement officials following his Monday morning hand-gun rampage that injured two students and has now claimed the life of three, Judge Grendell set March 6 as a hearing date for Mr. Lane, whose attorney Robert Farenacci requested that media not photograph him in any manner that shows his face.
Lane’s picture, gleaned from his Facebook page, has been used by this reporter and other media, so while restrictions on photography now apply in Judge Grendell’s court room to Mr. Lane, his two aunts and grandfather, the pubic now knows what he looks like.
Representing the State of Ohio, prosecutor David Joyce said in a short report that Mr. Lane brought a 22 pistol and a knife to the school Monday and that he fired 10 rounds at students he said he chose at random.
Today’s hearing, required to be held within a 24-hour period, was conducted in a straight forward manner by Judge Grendell, an attorney, who served in both the Ohio House and Senate prior to being appointed to the bench by Kasich last year.
One of the issues Judge Grendell discussed and ruled on are the requests from 47 media sources to participate in the court’s proceedings and to their requests to gain access to court records for Mr. Lane and any of his victims, be they from juvenile court or any other court, such as a family court.
Grendell and both counsels were especially concerned about any false or misleading information the media might put out as proceedings continue. He gave each counsel the chance to defend or correct information they believe is wrongfully in the public arena. Other than that, both counsels have agreed not to discuss the case with media going forward. Grendell ruled that media sources can participate in the proceedings, subject to the court’s limitations.
Judge Grendell said he will review and entertain a motion to obtain more counsel by Mr. Farenacci, if that is needed, if private counsel cannot otherwise be secured.
As of today’s hearing, prosecutors have not made any official charges on Mr. Lane, who responded to Judge Grendell when asked if he understood that he was entitled to representation in court.
Grendell said the media has asked for court records that pertain to both Mr. Lane and to any of his victims, should they exist in juvenile court or any other court.
Media will have a chance tomorrow afternoon to make their case for any records they may want.
Judge Grendell set March 19th at 9 A.M. for a hearing on whether Mr. Lane should be transferred from juvenile court to an adult court.
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