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Forum Right, 4/10/12

For the General Population: The Law Left a Solution By AJ Wagner In January I did a piece for my Law and Disorder column in which I described a case involving the search of a man’s penis. I set forth the standards for a strip search which come from a United States Supreme Court Case […]

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Easy Riding

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Tips for Safe, Responsible Bicycling By AJ Wagner The City of Dayton 2025 Bicycle Action Plan opens with this statement: “A simple, accessible, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation, the bicycle continues to be a pivotal part of the City of Dayton’s vision for an active citizenry, vibrant economy, and engaging street life. Every day, […]

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U$A: The Best Elections Money Can Buy

Montana Indicts the U.S. Supreme Court By AJ Wagner The Supreme Court of Montana told the Supreme Court of the United States what it thought of its decision in Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission – the decision that said corporations were entitled to the protections of the First Amendment when it comes to campaign […]

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Forum Right, 2/21/12

Can’t Rent Out Your Rights By A.J. Wagner It is seldom as easy as saying “I have Constitutional right!” because the likely response is, “So do I!” When a court hears these two statements, or something similar, a fair amount of analysis is brought to bear on the two sides with the outcome dependent on […]

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Head to head combat

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Do retired NFL players have the right to sue for head injuries? By A.J. Wagner My parents had next to nothing. They had each other, they had their 18 children, and they had a three-bedroom house in the poor section of Beaver Falls, Penn., just north of Pittsburgh. After my mother died and her income […]

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The new Civil War

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Looking forward to big decisions in 2012 By A.J. Wagner The Civil War is about to be fought again. The battle will take place near the banks of the Potomac River where the combatants will be armed with briefs, memoranda and pithy statements to fire at their opponents. Their blue and gray suits, this time, […]

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A brief brief

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A look at 2011’s biggest Supreme Court decisions By A.J. Wagner It’s like an annual trip up the mountain to ask the guru for wisdom. Every fall, lawyers attend an update of the past year’s most important court decisions as presented by Judge James Brogan. Judge Brogan retired last year from Ohio’s Second District Court […]

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Yuletide storms

Don't let the holidays put you in bankruptcy court

How holiday spending can come back to bite you in the New Year By A.J. Wagner There should be tornado warnings in December. Every year as the holidays approach, consumers get swept up in a vortex of debt as they run up the credit cards and other forms of lending to make a special occasion […]

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You want to be a what?

Read this if you’ve ever thought of becoming a lawyer By A.J. Wagner I love to have people tell me that they are thinking of becoming a lawyer. First, because I am flattered that people still want to join the ranks of this very privileged field. Second, because I get to ask them the question, […]

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Ohio’s Victims of Violent Crime Compensation Fund

Information for violent crime victims By A.J. Wagner According to a study, co-authored by Lori Dorfman of the Berkeley Media Studies Institute and Vincent Schiraldi of the Justice Policy Institute, violent crime dominates crime coverage in the media. Although homicides made up less that one percent of all arrests, homicides made up more than a […]

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Warning!

Your Miranda rights: defined By A.J. Wagner You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed for you. These are likely the most famous words in […]

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You get custody of this decision

A custody case for you to decide By A.J. Wagner This will be a case for you to decide if you so choose. I will present the facts and give you the decision of the trial court. You can then take a break and read the interesting articles on the following pages while you ponder […]

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Putting a period on a sentence

Defining expungement By A.J. Wagner Every sentence is a life sentence. A convicted criminal defendant may get probation or a prison term but, either way, when he goes to apply for a job he gets the same treatment for the rest of his life. No distinction is made for the crime committed either. A shoplifting […]

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Vote, walk & run

Thinking of running for office? Here are the rules (and laws). By A.J. Wagner It’s over, but it’s never over. “We’ll get ‘em next year!” isn’t an adage limited to sports. Candidates, office holders, supporters and PACs who found themselves on the losing side of this year’s election will now prepare for the next go […]

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

A look at the lawful problems with the Zanesville incident By A.J. Wagner There is a Mutt and Jeff cartoon where one of the characters stands in front of hundreds of books in a law library and declares: “To think we started with Ten Commandments.” So who makes this stuff up? Who creates all these […]

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Occupying a police uniform

The scary tale of an innocent woman declared a criminal By A.J. Wagner Halloween costumes and masks aren’t limited to little ones parading around the neighborhood for candy. Nor are they just for those attending a masquerade ball or a costume party. Putting on a police uniform any day of the year, a sworn officer […]

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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 […]

The Docket: 8/29

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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 […]