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Head to head combat

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

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

The U.S. Supreme Court

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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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]