The Plain Dealer reports that the DOJ is threatening to sue the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections if it does not print bilingual ballots for everyone in the County to ensure that Puerto Rican voters can read the ballots and make informed choices when voting. The DOJ's apparent demand is based on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the BOE is considering the costs and other considerations involved in this request. The article highlights what the BOE has already done to reach out to Puerto Rican citizens for prior elections, including hiring Spanish-speaking poll workers and translators for about 35 precincts.
The United States Supreme Court has declined to grant a petition for a writ of certiorari to John Demjanjuk, a local resident of Seven Hills, Ohio who has been accused of being Ivan (also spelled Iwan) the Terrible, a Nazi death-camp guard. The long-running case against Demjanjuk has been pending for several decades, during which Demjanjuk has been fighting a deportation order, most recently (and unsuccessfully) on January 30, 2008 in the federal 6th Circuit Court in Cincinnati, Ohio (Case No. 07-3022 on PACER). The Plain Dealer article reporting the Supreme Court's decision indicates that Demjanjuk will finally have to move to Germany, Poland or the Ukraine. PACER contains the dockets for the underlying district court proceedings in Case Nos. 1:99-cv-01193 (USA v. Demjanjuk) and 1:88-cv-00864-GWW (Demjanjuk v. USA). A wikipedia article chronicles the progress of Demjanjuk's case since it began in the late 70's.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Detroit area field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported 37% more illegal immigrants from Ohio and Michigan than last year. Field Agents removed about 4,000 undocumented immigrants and arrested 1,816 fugitive aliens this year, a figure which the Plain Dealer reports is double the figure from 2004. According to an agency spokesman, the agency targets aliens who are the most likely threats, including felons, gang members and others who pose of threat to public safety. Of the 1,816 arrested last year, the Inquirer reported that 159 were convicts.
In 2006, an immigration court will open in Ohio to deal with a backlog of cases, including deportation cases and requests for asylum. Currently, Ohio immigration cases are handled by teleconferencing with judges in Virginia. See Ohio Getting Immigration Court in '06 to Deal with Huge Backlog by Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer, Nov. 15, 2005. For a listing of current immigration courts, see U.S. Department of Justice: EOIR Immigration Court listings.