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Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the law can only be careful. – Juror No. 9 The above quote came from a journalist who sat on a New York jury with an itinerant preacher. After four days of deliberation and angst on […]

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Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war with ISIL. I quoted Representative Jack Kingston who stated: “Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it […]

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Law and Disorder 09/16/2014

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To war or not to war by A.J. Wagner Does the Congress or does the president get to declare war? After announcing the four steps he is taking, the president said, “My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But […]

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The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins v. Collins, wrote of the death penalty: “Bruce Edwin Callins will be executed [tomorrow] by the state of Texas. Intravenous tubes attached to his arms will carry the instrument of death, a toxic fluid designed […]

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Blowing smoke and much more by A.J. Wagner About a year ago the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published a study titled “The War on Marijuana in Black and White.” What they found: Finding No. 1: Marijuana possession arrests increased between 2001 and 2010. From 2001 to 2010, across the United States, annual drug arrests […]

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Your rights as a worker: Their rights as an employer By A.J. Wagner The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requires employers to post, in a conspicuous place for employees to see, a notice of rights for workers. The notice tells workers the following: Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), you have the right to: • Organize […]

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The Arcade, I presume?: Do the feasibility study  By A.J. Wagner At the opening of the May 2 meeting called by Dayton Metro Library for public input into the library’s building plans, we were informed that discussion of the Arcade or any other option would be limited. After all, we were told the Arcade advocates were […]

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Hide and seek: Considering Fourth Amendment protections By A.J. Wagner The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “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 […]

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Who’s in charge here?: Democracy inaction  By A.J. Wagner It was an interesting day for democracy in Dayton and across the country last Wednesday, April 17. A day of decisions and non-decisions that tell a tale of democratic systems and how they work or not. In the United States Senate, by a vote of 54-45, a […]

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If at first you don’t succeed, stop: Taking litigation too far By A.J. Wagner Every once in a while, there appears before a court someone who can’t take “No” for an answer. Or, sometimes there are individuals who sue everyone for everything regardless of the lack of merit of their claim. These are called vexatious […]

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Spring. Finally: Time to review bicycle laws in Dayton  By A.J. Wagner It is time to pull the bike off the hooks in the garage, inflate the tires, check the chains, test the gears and the spokes and get out on the road. Last year, while I was riding leisurely down the street, a driver passed […]

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Should William Pace be on the ballot?: Oversight causes controversy By A. J. Wagner It is written plainly in the City of Dayton Charter Article II Section 7 (F): “Any person whose name has been submitted for candidacy by any such petition shall file his acceptance of such candidacy with the election authorities not later than […]

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]