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Picture this! And take that! By A.J. Wagner I have long advocated that the use of speed and red light cameras is unconstitutional as they are currently configured in Dayton. This past week, a court in Cincinnati agreed with my assessment when it issued a permanent order against the Village of Elmwood. What follows are […]

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Caveat emptor: The pros and cons of the housing market  By A.J. Wagner The last few years have been tough on realtors. After the recession hit in 2008, houses declined significantly in value. The foreclosure crisis flooded the market with low-priced abandoned homes. Now it’s spring, a time when many think about buying a home. What […]

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A love letter to the Dayton Voice & Dayton City Paper By A. J. Wagner Part of the reason I write for the Dayton City Paper is that I was always a fan of the courage and sacrifice it takes to run an independent paper and give it away for free. What follows is a […]

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Doggone it: Something smells  By A.J. Wagner What follows is taken directly from the unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Florida v. Harris, which is the topic of this week’s Debate Forum on pages 6-7. The Justices considered how a court should determine if the “alert” of a drug-detection […]

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The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness  By A.J. Wagner It started in New York State. After years of trying to deal with men and women addicted to drugs, Governor Nelson Rockefeller gave up. He was tired of the heroin users clogging the sidewalks, tired of the murder rate that was four […]

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Control yourself: The law can’t do it for you By A.J. Wagner When I was 12 years old, my dad got me a gun. He taught me how to shoot, clean and treat a gun in a safe and careful manner. I kept the gun on the back of a shelf in a closet in […]

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The Fourth Amendment from 10,000 feet: Things are looking down By A.J. Wagner “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place […]

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Just kidding: The hoax, the prank and the law  By A.J. Wagner Assume, for this column, that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o was a victim. That Ronaiah Tuiasosopo stole the identity of Diane O’Meara and convinced Te’o that she was a woman named Lennay Kekua. That Te’o fell in love with this made-up creature and believed […]

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How to change a law: Well, maybe … By A.J. Wagner I don’t like some laws. You probably don’t either. Take, for instance, the City of Dayton’s red light and speed cameras. I don’t like them. I don’t like the laws that authorized the cameras, authorized the requirement to pay money to appeal, limit the […]

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A court gesture: Fingered for a crime By A.J. Wagner This footnote from the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Swartz v. Insogna sets the table for a case decided last week in New York: See Bad Frog Brewery, Inc. v. New York State Liquor Authority, 134 F.3d 87, 91 n.1 […]

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Let’s talk about sex, baby: Then talk about justice By A.J. Wagner One woman was fired for being too sexy, another for being pregnant. Both claim they were discriminated against because of their sex. The first woman was a dental assistant. She worked in a dental office for ten years. The first nine went smoothly enough, […]

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More gifts to unwrap  By A.J. Wagner Here are a few cases that the United States Supreme Court will decide in 2013. Most of them will remain under wraps until the end of June so, depending on your point of view, Christmas in July is a possibility. Also noted below is one case that the […]

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Shortcut justice: Long-term injustice By A.J. Wagner As a former judge, I am intrigued by the idea of justice. After all, justice is what a court is supposed to be about. It is always the goal of the law to be just or to bring about justice. Yet, a definition for justice is elusive. Some would […]

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The more you spend, the more you save: Giving credit where it is due By A.J. Wagner I enjoyed a recent peek at lawmaking coming out of the so-called fiscal cliff talks. If you are following this story in the news, a story which hasn’t changed for more than a year but gets repeated every day, […]

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Therapeutic damage: First, do no harm  By A.J. Wagner As I write this article, the Supreme Court of the United States has, thus far, sidestepped any decision on the constitutional propriety of gay rights. The justices met last week to consider whether to look at the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or California’s gay marriage […]

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Talk is cheap: Unless it’s a filibuster By A.J. Wagner This article is limited to a specific word count. The editor, Kyle Melton, will not let me do any more than that. If I decided I wanted to be heard beyond that I am sure I could purchase ad space, but the editorial content must be […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]