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We can work it out Mediation, not litigation By A.J. Wagner Two events caused a collision in my mind last week. Now, you get to suffer the consequences of the thinking that transpired in their wreckage. The first event was an article in the New York Times about tort reform, a favorite topic of conservatives […]

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The Courting of the Constitution Who’s in Charge Here? By A.J. Wagner It is troubling to me, as a former judge and an attorney, when I hear politicians say they will ignore the Constitution or not abide by its terms. During the Republican primary campaign, Newt Gingrich said he would ignore the Supreme Court if […]

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It ain’t over ’til it’s over

Case dismissed? By A.J. Wagner In opera, it is said that it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. In the law, the singing begins at the filing of a final entry with prejudice. The term “with prejudice” means, literally, with harm or disadvantage. In the vernacular it means, “Move along,” “There’s nothing else to […]

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Fixing the fix

Voter redistricting issue lives on By A.J. Wagner The Supreme Court of Ohio consists of six Republican justices and one Democrat. The court has often been reliable for holding true to Republican views. Yet, in Voters First v. Ohio Ballot Board, five of the Republican Ohio Supreme Court justices essentially called Ohio’s Republican Secretary of […]

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Constitutional?

If you say so By A.J. Wagner Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) suggested a few weeks ago that federally-issued student loans were unconstitutional. He also said that disregarding the Constitution could lead down a “slippery slope” and cited the Holocaust as an example of what could happen when a country heads down a wrong path. At […]

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Above the law

Is Husted Trying to Fix the Election for Romney? By A.J. Wagner In Ohio, laws are being passed, repealed, challenged and ignored with a strange mix of legislation, referendum, law suits, directives and bullying in an effort to restrict early voting, especially for the last weekend prior to the election. Why is this last weekend […]

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Three branches, one government

The judicial branch offers impartiality in political landscape By A.J. Wagner It started with Aristotle over 2300 years ago when he theorized a government consisting of a king, an aristocracy and a democracy. For the following two thousand years, others looked for ways to combine the best elements of existing models of government into a […]

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Due Process is Due By saying Lieberman and Ritchie violated the law, Husted violates the law himself By A.J. Wagner It is interesting to debate the issues surrounding the Husted v. Lieberman and Ritchie affair – see this week’s forum on pages 6-7 – but just as interesting are the laws that apply to the […]

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Rex Non Potest Peccare

The King can do no wrong By A.J. Wagner David Esrati, a Dayton blogger and perennial candidate for office, can often be heard complaining that we need to update our laws from the 1785 Northwest Ordinance upon which they are based. He has a point, but some of our most archaic laws are actually based […]

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Justice for all?

Reviewing the rules for lawyers By A.J. Wagner One of the questions I have been asked most often since starting law school is, “Why would a lawyer defend that creep?” It is a question born out of concern. A media outlet reports that a person has been caught red handed having committed a heinous crime. […]

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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 […]