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In the Spotlight
THIS MONTH ON "LAW TALK":
Medina County Common Pleas Court Magistrate John R. Kassinger
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In The Spotlight with: Magistrate/Judicial Attorney John Kassinger, Medina County Common Pleas Court
By Kate Feeks
In December watch for the next episode of Law Talk, hosted by Attorney John Celebrezze. This episode features Magistrate John Kassinger, of the Medina County Common Pleas Court. This show can be viewed on Wadsworth Cable (WCTV) Public Access, Channel 15, Brunswick Area Television (BAT) Public Access, Channel 21, and Armstrong Cable Access, Channel 37 in Medina County.
In January of 2016, John Kassinger began his new position as Magistrate/Judicial Attorney at the Medina County Common Pleas Court under the honorable Judge Joyce V. Kimbler. “I have known Judge Kimbler for over thirty years, I worked with her as a clerk at the Ninth District Court of Appeals from 1984-1986. After she was elected as judge she was searching for a judicial attorney and I was asked to take that position as well as a part time magistrate. I thought it would be an interesting position because I could work on both criminal and civil matters. I was ready for a change, so I took the job!” Kassinger explained.
Magistrate Kassinger presides over cases that are allowed by the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure. A magistrate can hear non-jury civil cases, garnishment proceedings, and motions and petitions for civil stalking protection orders. Judge Kimbler decides what cases are referred to Magistrate Kassinger. A case can be referred to a magistrate without the consent of the parties.
Magistrate Kassinger works diligently to ensure a balance when making appropriate sentences to those that appear before him. “I think the most difficult part about my job is that before the trials on civil stalking cases there’s a lot of times … that the two parties have exactly opposite stories and I have to decide who is telling the truth. To do so, I try to judge the credibility of the two parties.” Kassinger said.
Kassinger attributes his experience in his private practice as his best preparation for the many duties required of a magistrate. A magistrate has the authority to regulate the proceedings as a judge would. This includes the power to issue rulings on the admissibility of evidence, take testimony, and make a contempt finding when a person behaves improperly in court or does not abide by the court’s orders. Magistrate orders generally are effective without a judge’s approval.
To learn more about Magistrate John Kassinger and the functions of a magistrate in Medina County Common Pleas Court watch for an interview with Magistrate John Kassinger and Attorney John Celebrezze on the show Law Talk throughout the month of December on your local cable channel.
In The Spotlight: WCTV Wadsworth Community Television 2016 Clapper Awards
By Kate Feeks
In 1983 the city of Wadsworth, Ohio started a community television station to communicate, educate and entertain residents. WCTV (Wadsworth Community Television) is a television station owned and operated by the city of Wadsworth. The station operates three channels; Public (Channel 15), Educational (Channel 16) and Government (Channel 17). The station’s programming is available on CityLink Cable and Time Warner Cable systems.
WCTV offers free training and services to all residents of Wadsworth. The use of production equipment is available for public service announcements for non-profits and advertising opportunities for businesses. Residents can produce their own television shows using cameras, tripods, microphones, lights, and editing systems for post production - all provided free of charge. The station also provides the training needed to operate the production equipment. A fully-equipped studio is also available for community use, complete with 3 robotic cameras, graphics software, audio system, and green screen capabilities. This year, community volunteers will produce over 1,800 new shows, and provide over 20,000 hours of local programming.
The staff of WCTV includes John Madding, Cable TV Programming and Access Manager; Johanna Perrino, Operations Technician, and Drew Bicksler and James Barnard, Sports Production.
On November 17, 2016, WCTV hosted the Clapper Awards Ceremony. The Clapper Award Ceremony is for those who have produced the best programming on WCTV throughout the year. This year’s 2016 Clapper Award winners were selected based on quality and popularity. Ballots were cast in October with WCTV receiving over 3,000 ballots from viewers. Nominations were sent to a panel of media professionals who judged each program on quality, production, content and overall reaction to the show. This year the judges were from Orlando Florida, Hiram University, and other venues.
Attorney John Celebrezze is the host of the show Law Talk, a well-known program on WCTV stations. Celebrezze was among one of the winners of the 2016 Clapper Awards. Attorney Celebrezze won in the Best Public Awareness Category for his show Law Talk – Medina County Specialized Dockets and he also received Honorable Mention for his show with former Medina County Prosecutor, Dean Holman.
John Madding, Programming and Manager, presented the awards to the winners. “The thing that stands out the most for me about the show Law Talk is the fact that Mr. Celebrezze is an attorney. The amount of credibility he brings to our viewers is so important. So many times people have questions about the law or are curious to know what their rights are, who do they need to talk to, where should they go for a certain situation. They need guidance according to the law. To find those answers they would have to do an extreme amount of reading and research on their own or hire an attorney to get all the facts. Attorney Celebrezze provides our viewers with guests on his show who are judges, specialized attorneys, prosecutors, magistrates and more. These guests offer such value and up to date facts and education about the law. A host like Attorney Celebrezze brings so much to our viewing audience. The show Law Talk is a source of information that is truly so helpful time and time again.” Madding noted.
Congratulations to Attorney John Celebrezze for winning the 2016 Clapper Award for his show Law Talk. We look forward to many more educational episodes to better inform and educate our community.
CZCLEP to offer the Vincent R. Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship in 2017
CZCLEP's Tax Exempt Status Approved!
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. holds tax exempt status exempting it from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the Code. The organization is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code. The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is treated as a public charity.
Tax deductible contribution checks payable to CZ-CLEP can be mailed to 5192 Gillen Way, Westerville, Ohio 43082. Contributors should consult a qualified tax advisor regarding their contributions as they apply to their annual tax filings.
Law Talk Wins WCTV Clapper Award Again!
The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is again the proud recipient of a WCTV Clapper Award for Best Talk Show. On November 29, 2010 John Celebrezze accepted the runner up Clapper Award for our show on Judge Christopher Collier's drug court. This marks the second time in as many years Law Talk received the award.
View Law Talk on Wadsworth Cable (WCTV) Public Access Channel 15, Brunswick Area Television (BAT) Public Access Channel 21, and Medina Cable Access, Channel 37.
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