Al Gerhardstein

Gay marriage
12:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Same-sex couples sue Ohio to be listed on birth certificates

Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A lawsuit filed Monday in Cincinnati seeks a federal court order requiring Ohio to put the names of both people in same-sex marriages on the birth certificates of their children.

The plaintiffs include three lesbian couples who were married in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. All live in Greater Cincinnati. One of the women in each marriage is pregnant through artificial insemination. The babies will be born in Cincinnati hospitals in the next few months.

They are represented by attorney Al Gerhardstein.

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Gay marriage
1:53 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

"Marriage equality crusader" -John Arthur dies

John Arthur (on the stretcher) and Jim Obergefell get married on a Maryland tarmac in July.
Credit Baltimore Sun

A terminally ill Cincinnati man, who traveled to Maryland to marry his partner, has died. John Arthur married Jim Obergefell in July on the tarmac because Arthur, who had ALS, was too sick to get off his stretcher.

Court case continues

Shortly after they married, the couple filed a federal lawsuit challenging Ohio's marriage law, in part so they could be buried together in Arthur's family plot.

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Tasers
1:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Taser lawsuit ultimately wants police reform

Corey McGinnis died after being Tased June 26, 2012.
WCPO

The family of a Cincinnati man who was Tased and then died last year, has filed suit against the City of North College Hill and one of its police officers.

Attorney Al Garhardstein, representing the family of Corey McGinnis Sr., says Sgt. Ryan Schrand hit McGinnis in the chest after an altercation at a basketball game. Gerhardstein says this happened more than two years after Taser International issued a warning to police to avoid the chest area.

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Law
12:39 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Settlement reached in UC Taser case

The family of Everette Howard Jr. with attorney Al Gerhardstein
WVXU file photo

The family of a man who died after being tased by a University of Cincinnati police officer has settled its claims with the university and officer Richard Haas.  After Everette Howard Jr. died in August 2011, UC police took all of their Tasers out of service. 

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Tasers
5:31 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Local police chiefs not rushing to change Taser policies

It was just last week a Cincinnati attorney released a report critical of Taser usage by area police departments. Now those departments are forming a task force to get more information.


The 18 page report from attorney Al Gerhardstein criticized the departments for not banning upper chest shots, and not adequately warning that Tasers can lead to death. Gerhardstein's firm is representing the family of Everette Howard, one of four local Taser deaths in the past four years.

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