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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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]