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Sign on or sign off

The legalities of political signage before Election Day By A.J. Wagner Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? — Five Man Electrical Band It’s that time of year when front yards are covered in a new autumnal blanket of bright […]

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Will power

Planning for your death isn’t fun, but it’s necessary By A.J. Wagner It was one of those phone calls you hate to get. An attorney called to tell me my wife had made an appointment. My mind immediately went wild with all the wrongs I had committed to drive my wife to the moment she […]

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A rose by any other name

A lesson in branding and trademarking By A.J. Wagner Way back in 1998 the owners of this newspaper were contacted by lawyers for the Village Voice, a nationally circulated newspaper out of New York, asking them to cease and desist in the use of the name The Dayton Voice. That’s what the Dayton City Paper […]

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My name is Ronald McDonald and I approve this candidate

Corporations allowed to ‘invest’ in political candidates in an exercise of free speech By A.J. Wagner The soul purpose of a corporation is to make money for their shareholders. Corporations have no morality other than to make money. That is their heart and soul. Corporations do not donate to charity. They will exchange money for […]

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Debate Forum Right, 9/27/11

Thoughts on the Society of Freethinkers from a former atheist By A.J. Wagner The University of Dayton (UD) has been sucker punched. It’s been set up. Two men, who are no friends to the Catholic and Marianist tradition of the university, have made a phony plea for recognition of their atheist organization that envisions, according […]

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Is Facebook on its way to the Supreme Court’s agenda? By A.J. Wagner Judges tend to be older. One cannot become a judge in Ohio without six years under their belt as a lawyer and the electorate usually looks for someone with experience when casting their vote.   So a few gray hairs help a judicial […]

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Finders keepers?

You found a wallet, but is it yours? By A.J. Wagner A young man found a wallet beneath the bleachers at his high school. The wallet contained $500, about $200 worth of Japanese yen, the owner’s home address and some pictures of the owner. The young man shared his bounty with some other friends and […]

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Wrongful entrustment

How parents can get arrested when their child commits a crime By A.J. Wagner Scott Finfrock was a bad driver and his mother paid the price. Scott did not have a valid Ohio driver’s license but that didn’t stop him from driving. In 2009 he had a serious motorcycle accident while fleeing the police. Almost […]

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A moderate mediator

The role of mediation in the Dayton court system By A.J. Wagner You might call it “Judge Judy justice.” It is scheduled to happen every Wednesday at Dayton Municipal Court when Magistrate Barbara Doseck or Magistrate Colette Moorman hear the cases of Small Claims Court. These are the cases where one person sues another for […]

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The whine zone

Fighting for the right to make wine By A.J. Wagner According to Myrddin Winery’s website, “Wine is sexy! Wine is food! Wine is at the heart of many of our most meaningful experiences. Wine is a never-ending quest to harness nature within the confines of a (most often) 750 ml bottle.” Myrddin Winery, a small […]

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Debate Forum Left, 8/23/11

The Constitution has a little secret and it’s supreme By A.J. Wagner Really? Are you serious? After complaining incessantly about wasteful government spending, after demanding time after time that government cut costs, the Tea Party comes to the citizens of Ohio asking us to change the Ohio Constitution so as to invalidate certain provisions of […]

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Intelligent creation?

The argument over evolution and creationism in public schools By A.J. Wagner For those who contend that the U.S. is a Christian nation, this paragraph, taken from the Treaty of Tripoli, is an obstacle of great consequence. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian […]

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Three looks at sentencing

Taking emotion out of the courthouse By A.J. Wagner 1. Vengeance It was surprising for me to read an article in The New York Times at the end of last month in which Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor from Fordham University, argued that vengeance is a moral cause. That’s not something usually seen from a […]

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When a crime isn’t a crime

How does a person get indicted? By A.J. Wagner It was so kind of Rupert Murdoch to volunteer to serve as the example for this week’s article wherein we answer the question, “How does a person get indicted?” Short answer: It’s not easy. Even the most obvious crimes must go through a process filled with […]

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Do justice. You know what I mean?

The elusive meaning of justice By A.J. Wagner The jury was in its fourth day of deliberation. That pesky notion of “reasonable doubt” was keeping a handful of the 12 from saying “guilty” although the others were firmly convinced the young defendant had committed the assault. Juror number nine, a truck driver and itinerant preacher, […]

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Actual Jury Instructions

Thought I’d share with you some actual jury instructions for your reading enjoyment and comment. These are instructions for a domestic Violence case. Jury Instructions Members of the jury: You have heard the evidence and the arguments of counsel. The court and the jury have separate functions: you decide the disputed facts and the court […]

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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 […]