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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 By A.J. Wagner In Ohio, laws are being passed, repealed, challenged and ignored with a strange mix of legislation, referendum, law suits, directives and bullying in an effort to restrict early voting, especially for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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Law & Disorder

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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Another set of eyes

Appellate courts uphold justice By A.J. Wagner When I served as a judge, inexperienced attorneys would sometimes say to me in a threatening manner, “If you do that, Judge, I’ll appeal!” “That’s what you’re supposed to do,” was my reply. I never felt threatened. I was always grateful that we have an appellate system. I […]

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Try, Try Again

Not So Fast By A.J. Wagner Two weeks ago, Toneisha Gunnell was released from prison after six years of captivity for the murder of a Good Samaritan. John Deselem attempted to stop a getaway car after witnessing a shoplifting incident at a Macy’s in Springfield. Gunnell, one of the shoplifters, had jumped into the car […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]