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Hide and seek: Considering Fourth Amendment protections By A.J. Wagner The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “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 […]

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Who’s in charge here?: Democracy inaction  By A.J. Wagner It was an interesting day for democracy in Dayton and across the country last Wednesday, April 17. A day of decisions and non-decisions that tell a tale of democratic systems and how they work or not. In the United States Senate, by a vote of 54-45, a […]

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If at first you don’t succeed, stop: Taking litigation too far By A.J. Wagner Every once in a while, there appears before a court someone who can’t take “No” for an answer. Or, sometimes there are individuals who sue everyone for everything regardless of the lack of merit of their claim. These are called vexatious […]

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Spring. Finally: Time to review bicycle laws in Dayton  By A.J. Wagner It is time to pull the bike off the hooks in the garage, inflate the tires, check the chains, test the gears and the spokes and get out on the road. Last year, while I was riding leisurely down the street, a driver passed […]

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Should William Pace be on the ballot?: Oversight causes controversy By A. J. Wagner It is written plainly in the City of Dayton Charter Article II Section 7 (F): “Any person whose name has been submitted for candidacy by any such petition shall file his acceptance of such candidacy with the election authorities not later than […]

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Gideon v. Wainwright: Happy anniversary! By A.J. Wagner It was 50 years ago last week when the Supreme Court of the United States decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. This was the case that decided that criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel. So, I contacted Montgomery County’s Public Defender, Rudy Wehner, to […]

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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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Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]