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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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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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Innocent until…

How to screw up your criminal case By Isabel Suarez and Tim Carlin I was recently charged with, and found guilty of, a charge of which I am innocent. I am very upset with my attorney and feel he did not do a good job. I never felt he believed me. Can you give me […]

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Abroad fraud

How having a foreign driving record can cost you By Isabel Suarez I recently came from abroad to take care of my ailing mother and purchased an old car and insurance. I was assured that this made me compliant with Ohio law. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, I rear-ended another vehicle. Following the accident, I […]

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Going through the big ‘D’

No divorce lawyer? Might be your fault By Isabel Suarez (courtesy of Robert L. Mues) When I asked our family attorney to represent me in my divorce, he flatly told me he would rather drink arsenic. I assured him this was a simple divorce, and his answer was still no. After calling several attorneys, their […]

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Targeting cyber bullying

The legalities of online defamation By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin I have lost count of the number of weeks that I have stayed up with my 14-year-old daughter who has been crying herself to sleep because of lies posted on Facebook by her ex-boyfriend. She assures me that they were never sexually active. I […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]