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State v. Hile

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth District, Huron

March 31, 2017

State of Ohio Appellee
v.
Justin R. Hile Appellant

         Trial Court No. CRB 1501366

          G. Stuart O'Hara, Jr., Law Director, and Scott M. Christophel, Assistant Law Director, for appellee.

          John M. Felter, for appellant.

          DECISION AND JUDGMENT

          SINGER, J.

         {¶ 1} Appellant, Justin Hile, appeals the March 4, 2016 judgment of the Norwalk Municipal Court convicting him, following a bench trial, of obstruction of official business in violation of R.C. 2921.31(A), a misdemeanor of the second degree. Finding no error, we affirm.

         Assignments of Error

         {¶ 2} Appellant sets forth the following assignments of error:

1. DEFENDANT/APPELLANT DID NOT PROPERLY WAIVE HIS RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL.
2. THE COURT'S DECISION WAS NOT BASED ON SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE.
3. THE COURT'S DECISION WAS AGAINST THE MANIFEST WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE.

         Background Facts

         {¶ 3} On January 28, 2015, appellant was arrested for outstanding warrants. Appellant was transported to and admitted into the Huron County jail. Upon arriving at the jail, appellant was confrontational with officers.

         {¶ 4} Appellant had a puncture wound on his neck which the officers perceived as indication of intravenous drug use. This prompted a more thorough response and intake process, because the officers intended to eliminate the possibility of appellant's drug use affecting his intake or his or other inmates' stay. Included in this more thorough intake process are, among others, procedures such as cavity searches, showers, and drug screening. During the process, appellant was uncooperative.

         {¶ 5} Appellant's behavior ranged from refusing drug screening and a shower, using offensive language, ignoring lawful commands, deliberately and physically resisting officers, attempting to kick and injure officers, actually injuring an officer, and eventually requiring a ...


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