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Law and Disorder

A sign of the times Does the punishment fit the crime? By A.J. Wagner It was around 1986 when I was first interviewed for the evening news. I was an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court and I had just sentenced a prostitute to a blood test for AIDS. AIDS was fairly new back then […]

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$6,000,000,000: What’d it get them?  By A.J. Wagner Whew! It’s over. The commercials, the mailings and the phone calls have ended. All of that freedom of speech authorized by the Supreme Court in Citizen’s United has had its run for a few years. Thank goodness. Now let’s assess the impact. For the media, Merry Christmas! Nearly […]

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The Ugly Duckling A Tale With No Moral(s) By A.J. Wagner There is an old cheerleader cry that I never heard on the football field but I often heard on a Cincinnati radio station in the eighties that went: C-U-T-E we’re as cute as we can be. We’re cute! We’re cute! U-G-L-Y you ain’t got […]

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Being Unconventional Taking Issue with Issue 1 By A.J. Wagner There’s a bit of a surprise on your voting ballot this fall. Even if you’ve paid attention to all of the election ads, and read all of the election coverage you can get your weary eyes on, you may have missed Issue 1, a vote […]

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You can pick your friends At least that’s what they do in Russia By A.J. Wagner A perennial subject at election time is the question of why we elect judges. In Ohio, judicial candidates can hardly express an opinion beyond the promise of the fair and impartial administration of justice. They cannot tell you how […]

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We can work it out Mediation, not litigation By A.J. Wagner Two events caused a collision in my mind last week. Now, you get to suffer the consequences of the thinking that transpired in their wreckage. The first event was an article in the New York Times about tort reform, a favorite topic of conservatives […]

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The Courting of the Constitution Who’s in Charge Here? By A.J. Wagner It is troubling to me, as a former judge and an attorney, when I hear politicians say they will ignore the Constitution or not abide by its terms. During the Republican primary campaign, Newt Gingrich said he would ignore the Supreme Court if […]

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It ain’t over ’til it’s over

Case dismissed? By A.J. Wagner In opera, it is said that it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. In the law, the singing begins at the filing of a final entry with prejudice. The term “with prejudice” means, literally, with harm or disadvantage. In the vernacular it means, “Move along,” “There’s nothing else to […]

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Fixing the fix

Voter redistricting issue lives on By A.J. Wagner The Supreme Court of Ohio consists of six Republican justices and one Democrat. The court has often been reliable for holding true to Republican views. Yet, in Voters First v. Ohio Ballot Board, five of the Republican Ohio Supreme Court justices essentially called Ohio’s Republican Secretary of […]

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Constitutional?

If you say so By A.J. Wagner Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) suggested a few weeks ago that federally-issued student loans were unconstitutional. He also said that disregarding the Constitution could lead down a “slippery slope” and cited the Holocaust as an example of what could happen when a country heads down a wrong path. At […]

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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I […]

Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the […]

News of the weird

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when […]

Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon To leech according to her needs My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all […]

News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]