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Gideon v. Wainwright: Happy anniversary! By A.J. Wagner It was 50 years ago last week when the Supreme Court of the United States decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. This was the case that decided that criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel. So, I contacted Montgomery County’s Public Defender, Rudy Wehner, to […]

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Picture this! And take that! By A.J. Wagner I have long advocated that the use of speed and red light cameras is unconstitutional as they are currently configured in Dayton. This past week, a court in Cincinnati agreed with my assessment when it issued a permanent order against the Village of Elmwood. What follows are […]

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Caveat emptor: The pros and cons of the housing market  By A.J. Wagner The last few years have been tough on realtors. After the recession hit in 2008, houses declined significantly in value. The foreclosure crisis flooded the market with low-priced abandoned homes. Now it’s spring, a time when many think about buying a home. What […]

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A love letter to the Dayton Voice & Dayton City Paper By A. J. Wagner Part of the reason I write for the Dayton City Paper is that I was always a fan of the courage and sacrifice it takes to run an independent paper and give it away for free. What follows is a […]

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Doggone it: Something smells  By A.J. Wagner What follows is taken directly from the unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Florida v. Harris, which is the topic of this week’s Debate Forum on pages 6-7. The Justices considered how a court should determine if the “alert” of a drug-detection […]

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The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness  By A.J. Wagner It started in New York State. After years of trying to deal with men and women addicted to drugs, Governor Nelson Rockefeller gave up. He was tired of the heroin users clogging the sidewalks, tired of the murder rate that was four […]

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Control yourself: The law can’t do it for you By A.J. Wagner When I was 12 years old, my dad got me a gun. He taught me how to shoot, clean and treat a gun in a safe and careful manner. I kept the gun on the back of a shelf in a closet in […]

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The Fourth Amendment from 10,000 feet: Things are looking down By A.J. Wagner “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place […]

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Just kidding: The hoax, the prank and the law  By A.J. Wagner Assume, for this column, that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o was a victim. That Ronaiah Tuiasosopo stole the identity of Diane O’Meara and convinced Te’o that she was a woman named Lennay Kekua. That Te’o fell in love with this made-up creature and believed […]

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How to change a law: Well, maybe … By A.J. Wagner I don’t like some laws. You probably don’t either. Take, for instance, the City of Dayton’s red light and speed cameras. I don’t like them. I don’t like the laws that authorized the cameras, authorized the requirement to pay money to appeal, limit the […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

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 […]