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The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins v. Collins, wrote of the death penalty: “Bruce Edwin Callins will be executed [tomorrow] by the state of Texas. Intravenous tubes attached to his arms will carry the instrument of death, a toxic fluid designed […]

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Law & Disorder

Blowing smoke and much more by A.J. Wagner About a year ago the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published a study titled “The War on Marijuana in Black and White.” What they found: Finding No. 1: Marijuana possession arrests increased between 2001 and 2010. From 2001 to 2010, across the United States, annual drug arrests […]

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Raising the Bar

A Case of a Liquor License Lost By AJ Wagner A few weeks back the Dayton City Paper had a debate about liquor licenses and the City of Dayton’s request to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission not to renew the licenses of five different bars.  This week, Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals in Columbus […]

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The Bars That Bind

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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What Second Amendment?

A Gun in the Car, Ohio V. King By AJ Wagner Guns are legal. The right to have a gun is enshrined within The Bill of Rights in both the United States and the State of Ohio Constitutions. Limitations on gun possession should, therefore, be rare. A decision last year by Ohio’s Second District Court […]

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Running Over the Constitution

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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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

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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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: […]