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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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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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Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]

Miamisburg goes to the dogs

Canine Carnival returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Canine Carnival takes place Sept. 21 at Riverfront park; photo: Casey Harshman The […]

Advice goddess

 Beard-death experience This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three […]

Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]