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New solicitor named to handle Ohio's major appeals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general has appointed a lawyer with U.S. Supreme Court experience as the state solicitor, who handles the state's major court appeals.

Eric Murphy begins the job Sept. 9 after serving as an associate with Jones Day law firm in Columbus. He'll handle cases such as appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Murphy is well-prepared for the job after working in private practice and as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Murphy graduated from Miami University in 2001 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005.

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