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The whine zone

Fighting for the right to make wine By A.J. Wagner According to Myrddin Winery’s website, “Wine is sexy! Wine is food! Wine is at the heart of many of our most meaningful experiences. Wine is a never-ending quest to harness nature within the confines of a (most often) 750 ml bottle.” Myrddin Winery, a small […]

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Intelligent creation?

The argument over evolution and creationism in public schools By A.J. Wagner For those who contend that the U.S. is a Christian nation, this paragraph, taken from the Treaty of Tripoli, is an obstacle of great consequence. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian […]

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Three looks at sentencing

Taking emotion out of the courthouse By A.J. Wagner 1. Vengeance It was surprising for me to read an article in The New York Times at the end of last month in which Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor from Fordham University, argued that vengeance is a moral cause. That’s not something usually seen from a […]

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When a crime isn’t a crime

How does a person get indicted? By A.J. Wagner It was so kind of Rupert Murdoch to volunteer to serve as the example for this week’s article wherein we answer the question, “How does a person get indicted?” Short answer: It’s not easy. Even the most obvious crimes must go through a process filled with […]

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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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]