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May Ohio Court of Claims Hear Declaratory Judgment Action Asserting Claim of Wrongful Imprisonment?
Where Plaintiff Was Freed from Prison Based on Procedural Error
Gerry E. Griffith, Jr. v. The State of Ohio, Case no. 2009-1363
10th District Court of Appeals (Franklin County)
ISSUE: Under R.C. 2743.48, does the Ohio Court of Claims have jurisdiction to hear and decide declaratory judgment actions that establish a claimant's eligibility to seek damages as a "wrongfully imprisoned individual" in cases where the plaintiff was released from prison because of a procedural error during his trial?