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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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Justice for all

The reason judges are not surprised by the Casey Anthony verdict By A.J. Wagner 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 provides the instructions of law. It is your sworn duty to […]

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How lawyers think

The legalities of a simple game of ‘cat and mouse’ By A.J. Wagner Back when I was in law school, my wife and I went on a retreat for married couples. We were in the midst of an exercise where we were to exchange feelings on a subject. First we wrote about some issue, not […]

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White Guys Rule?

A deeper look at the Declaration of Independence and its ‘lawfulness’ By A.J. Wagner It is not uncommon to hear a presidential candidate mix up the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence. For instance, here is what Herman Cain said about a month ago: “We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States […]

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A Pleasure to Meet You

A product of the law, now and always By  A.J. Wagner Introductions are boring. They are not the stuff of good writing, good entertainment or good journalism. Try sitting down in front of a pile of resumes without a cup of coffee or a can of Jolt and see how fast you fall asleep. Yet, […]

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Law You Can Use

Recognized Advance Directive Forms Simplify Health Care Planning Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association When I went into the hospital for surgery recently, I was asked if I had any “advance directives.” What, exactly, are advance directives? Advance directives are documents, signed by you and properly witnessed or notarized, that set forth your health […]

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Law You Can Use

Traveling Abroad with Minors: From Passport Issues to Medical Issues Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association I am going overseas with my newborn. Does she need a passport? Yes. All U.S. citizens traveling anywhere outside the United States require passports. This requirement includes newborns and infants. What documents will I need for my child? […]

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Law You Can Use 6/7/11

What You Should Know About Attorney Fees Contributed by the Ohio State Bar Association I’m thinking about hiring an attorney to do some legal work for me, but I’m worried about the expense. Can I find out ahead of time how much it will cost? Yes. You should ask your attorney about fees before asking […]

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Law You Can Use

What You Should Know about Organ and Tissue Donation Contributed by the Ohio State Bar Asssociation Approximately 28,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States in 2010; just over 6,600 of those were from living donors. Another one million Americans receive donor tissue each year through reconstructive, restorative and cosmetic surgeries. Nevertheless, in January […]

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Don’t blame the criminal…

Is that really illegal? By Isabel Suarez I was recently charged with an infraction that I was unaware was illegal. My lawyer tells me that “ignorance of the law” is not a defense. How was I to know what is illegal? Any advice? Sincerely, Confused Dear Confused, The good news is that you are in […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]