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You want to be a what?

Read this if you’ve ever thought of becoming a lawyer By A.J. Wagner I love to have people tell me that they are thinking of becoming a lawyer. First, because I am flattered that people still want to join the ranks of this very privileged field. Second, because I get to ask them the question, […]

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Ohio’s Victims of Violent Crime Compensation Fund

Information for violent crime victims By A.J. Wagner According to a study, co-authored by Lori Dorfman of the Berkeley Media Studies Institute and Vincent Schiraldi of the Justice Policy Institute, violent crime dominates crime coverage in the media. Although homicides made up less that one percent of all arrests, homicides made up more than a […]

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Warning!

Your Miranda rights: defined By A.J. Wagner You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed for you. These are likely the most famous words in […]

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You get custody of this decision

A custody case for you to decide By A.J. Wagner This will be a case for you to decide if you so choose. I will present the facts and give you the decision of the trial court. You can then take a break and read the interesting articles on the following pages while you ponder […]

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Putting a period on a sentence

Defining expungement By A.J. Wagner Every sentence is a life sentence. A convicted criminal defendant may get probation or a prison term but, either way, when he goes to apply for a job he gets the same treatment for the rest of his life. No distinction is made for the crime committed either. A shoplifting […]

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Vote, walk & run

Thinking of running for office? Here are the rules (and laws). By A.J. Wagner It’s over, but it’s never over. “We’ll get ‘em next year!” isn’t an adage limited to sports. Candidates, office holders, supporters and PACs who found themselves on the losing side of this year’s election will now prepare for the next go […]

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

A look at the lawful problems with the Zanesville incident By A.J. Wagner There is a Mutt and Jeff cartoon where one of the characters stands in front of hundreds of books in a law library and declares: “To think we started with Ten Commandments.” So who makes this stuff up? Who creates all these […]

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Occupying a police uniform

The scary tale of an innocent woman declared a criminal By A.J. Wagner Halloween costumes and masks aren’t limited to little ones parading around the neighborhood for candy. Nor are they just for those attending a masquerade ball or a costume party. Putting on a police uniform any day of the year, a sworn officer […]

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Sign on or sign off

The legalities of political signage before Election Day By A.J. Wagner Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? — Five Man Electrical Band It’s that time of year when front yards are covered in a new autumnal blanket of bright […]

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Will power

Planning for your death isn’t fun, but it’s necessary By A.J. Wagner It was one of those phone calls you hate to get. An attorney called to tell me my wife had made an appointment. My mind immediately went wild with all the wrongs I had committed to drive my wife to the moment she […]

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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 […]

Waste not

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

The art of organization

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

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 […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]