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Ohio's DeRolph Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Supreme Court To Review the Latest Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

On August 13, 2003, plaintiffs in the Ohio school funding case, DeRolph v. State, filed papers (a Petition for Writ of Certiorari ) in the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to hear an appeal of the Ohio Supreme Court's May 16 decision that forbid a lower Ohio court from exercising any further jurisdiction in DeRolph. The May 16 ruling is State of Ohio v. Lewis.

Plaintiffs contend that the Ohio Supreme Court's judgment in Lewis violates the U.S. Constitution's due process clause because it prevents enforcement of judicial remedial orders and denies plaintiffs access to the Ohio courts and that Lewis violates the Constitution's equal protection clause because it treats Ohio's schoolchildren differently and adversely, compared to all other successful Ohio litigants. Plaintiffs' counsel, Bricker & Eckler, provide more information on their website.

Prepared August 28, 2003