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Threatening Behavior

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When Public Record Goes Private By AJ Wagner Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code, with few exceptions, makes public records public. The theory behind this “Sunshine” law is that the public owns the records so they should have complete access to them. A recent case from the Ohio Supreme Court, however, laid out some […]

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The Bars That Bind

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On The Job, With a Conviction By AJ Wagner One of the issues facing many of those looking for employment is a criminal record. A conviction for committing a crime can often have far reaching and long lasting consequences for employment and advancement within a company. Two weeks ago Leaders for Equality and Action in […]

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Traffic Update

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Reconsidering Camera Fiascos By AJ Wagner This is a follow up to my suggestion a few weeks ago that the traffic cameras for speed and red light violations are unconstitutional. I had a paragraph in that story about a 91-year old man who paid his tickets and was still towed. I was not totally correct. […]

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Running Over the Constitution

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A $40,000 Speeding Ticket By AJ Wagner It was eighty-three years ago next week that the Saturday Evening Post took on the issue of speed traps with the Norman Rockwell cover illustration “Welcome to Elmville.” The illustration, which appeared a few months ago at the Dayton Art Institute, depicts a small town policeman hiding behind […]

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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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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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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 […]