News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Conflict over Retracted Criminology Studies

B&W photo of jail cellScience News recently reported that Justin Pickett, an Assistant Professor at the University of Albany School of Criminal Justice, and his co-authors announced the retraction of their article “Ethnic Threat and Social Control: Examining Public Support for Judicial Use of Ethnicity in Punishment,” published in the May 2011 issue of Criminology.  Four other articles published 2015-2019 in the journals Criminology, Social Problems and Law & Society Review are also in the process of being retracted.  Eric Stewart, a Professor of Criminology at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, is a co-author of all five articles.  As reported in Retraction Watch, Pickett and his co-authors received a May 2019 email from a “John Smith” who noted data irregularities in their May 2011 article and four other articles.  When he had trouble getting the full data set, Pickett re-examined his limited data files and found issues with the number of survey respondents and changing sample sizes.  Stewart eventually sent Pickett a copy of the full data set, and Pickett found overwhelming evidence of data duplication and alteration.  In July 2019, Pickett posted his findings to the SocArXiv preprint server on the Open Science Framework.  Stewart has not commented publicly on the issue.  Gary Ostrander, FSU Vice President of Research, stated the university completed an inquiry and “the committee felt that there was no need to move to the full investigation as the professor had already been working with the journal’s editors to address any questions they had about the work.”  Pickett says he has no regrets, and wished “the world of science was more receptive and more kind to people who speak out about problems in published research, whether those problems result from honest error or misconduct.”

Law Library Research Seminars on TWEN

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeC|M|Law students can access Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the Westlaw TWEN platform – simply “Add” the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars” Course to your TWEN “My Courses” page. The Seminars address the major legal databases, terms and connectors searching, cost-effective searching, Bluebooking, administrative law, Federal legislative history, Federal & Ohio administrative law, tax law, health law/bioethics & scholarly writing, foreign law, HeinOnline resources, and the Scholar catalog. Students interested in earning Seminar points complete the quiz accompanying each Seminar. Points vary per Seminar, and are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law. When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

State Medical Board of Ohio to Review Sexual Assault Allegations against Physicians

Ohio Medical Board logoOhio Governor Mike DeWine recently called for the State Medical Board of Ohio to conduct a thorough review of all cases of sexual assault allegations against physicians over the last 25 years.  DeWine’s request came at a news conference where he discussed the Report of The Governor’s Working Group on Reviewing of the Medical Board’s Handling of the Investigation Involving Richard Strauss.  The Working Group was created by DeWine’s Executive Order 2019-16D.  The Working Group Report found:

Medical Board staff opened case 96-1534A into Strauss in July 1996….  [T]he investigation fell into what one former employee called a “black hole.”  The Medical Board’s investigation sat open but inactive from early 1997 until after Strauss left the University, left the State of Ohio, and allowed his Ohio medical license to lapse in September 1998.  The Medical Board’s investigation sat inactive while Strauss moved to California where he held a medical license.  The Board’s investigation, while open, continued without action until it was administratively closed in January 2002, with no official action ever pursued or taken against Strauss.

Dr. Richard Strauss has been accused of sexually abusing over 170 students at Ohio State University, where he worked 1978-1998.  Strauss died by suicide in 2005.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Earn Your Digital Badge!

digital logo featuring three point shield and lady justiceLaw Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as administrative law.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: and**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

** Social Justice track Seminar.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

FDA Holds Public Hearing & Opens Public Docket on Cannabis-Derived Compounds

graphic of CBD oilThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently held a public hearing on cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD).  The hearing was prompted by industry confusion since the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (AIA; Pub. L. No. 115-334).  The AIA excluded hemp from the statutory definition of marijuana (a controlled substance), and expanded the definition of hemp to “Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” [See The 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison, Congressional Research Service R45525, updated 2/22/19.]  The FDA continues to classify cannabis-derived compounds as “unsafe,” but the FDA has taken little action to remove such products from the marketplace.  The recent FDA public hearing provided a forum for “stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges with products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including information and views related to the safety of such products, as well as to solicit input relevant to the agency’s regulatory strategy related to existing products.”  The FDA has also opened a public docket on, and the docket will be open until 7/16/19.  For additional information see the FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products page.