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Shortcut justice: Long-term injustice By A.J. Wagner As a former judge, I am intrigued by the idea of justice. After all, justice is what a court is supposed to be about. It is always the goal of the law to be just or to bring about justice. Yet, a definition for justice is elusive. Some would […]

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The more you spend, the more you save: Giving credit where it is due By A.J. Wagner I enjoyed a recent peek at lawmaking coming out of the so-called fiscal cliff talks. If you are following this story in the news, a story which hasn’t changed for more than a year but gets repeated every day, […]

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Therapeutic damage: First, do no harm  By A.J. Wagner As I write this article, the Supreme Court of the United States has, thus far, sidestepped any decision on the constitutional propriety of gay rights. The justices met last week to consider whether to look at the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or California’s gay marriage […]

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Talk is cheap: Unless it’s a filibuster By A.J. Wagner This article is limited to a specific word count. The editor, Kyle Melton, will not let me do any more than that. If I decided I wanted to be heard beyond that I am sure I could purchase ad space, but the editorial content must be […]

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A Dickens of a decision: The Supremes look at the white ghosts of the past, present and future By A.J. Wagner Cathy Shanklin, Executive Director of the Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations, lamented out loud a few weeks ago that it has become difficult to engage groups for dialogue on race because of the feeling, in […]

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A sign of the times Does the punishment fit the crime? By A.J. Wagner It was around 1986 when I was first interviewed for the evening news. I was an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court and I had just sentenced a prostitute to a blood test for AIDS. AIDS was fairly new back then […]

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$6,000,000,000: What’d it get them?  By A.J. Wagner Whew! It’s over. The commercials, the mailings and the phone calls have ended. All of that freedom of speech authorized by the Supreme Court in Citizen’s United has had its run for a few years. Thank goodness. Now let’s assess the impact. For the media, Merry Christmas! Nearly […]

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The Ugly Duckling A Tale With No Moral(s) By A.J. Wagner There is an old cheerleader cry that I never heard on the football field but I often heard on a Cincinnati radio station in the eighties that went: C-U-T-E we’re as cute as we can be. We’re cute! We’re cute! U-G-L-Y you ain’t got […]

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Being Unconventional Taking Issue with Issue 1 By A.J. Wagner There’s a bit of a surprise on your voting ballot this fall. Even if you’ve paid attention to all of the election ads, and read all of the election coverage you can get your weary eyes on, you may have missed Issue 1, a vote […]

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You can pick your friends At least that’s what they do in Russia By A.J. Wagner A perennial subject at election time is the question of why we elect judges. In Ohio, judicial candidates can hardly express an opinion beyond the promise of the fair and impartial administration of justice. They cannot tell you how […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]