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Three looks at sentencing

Taking emotion out of the courthouse By A.J. Wagner 1. Vengeance It was surprising for me to read an article in The New York Times at the end of last month in which Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor from Fordham University, argued that vengeance is a moral cause. That’s not something usually seen from a […]

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When a crime isn’t a crime

How does a person get indicted? By A.J. Wagner It was so kind of Rupert Murdoch to volunteer to serve as the example for this week’s article wherein we answer the question, “How does a person get indicted?” Short answer: It’s not easy. Even the most obvious crimes must go through a process filled with […]

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Do justice. You know what I mean?

The elusive meaning of justice By A.J. Wagner The jury was in its fourth day of deliberation. That pesky notion of “reasonable doubt” was keeping a handful of the 12 from saying “guilty” although the others were firmly convinced the young defendant had committed the assault. Juror number nine, a truck driver and itinerant preacher, […]

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Justice for all

The reason judges are not surprised by the Casey Anthony verdict By A.J. Wagner Members of the jury: You have heard the evidence and the arguments of counsel. The court and the jury have separate functions: you decide the disputed facts and the court provides the instructions of law. It is your sworn duty to […]

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How lawyers think

The legalities of a simple game of ‘cat and mouse’ By A.J. Wagner Back when I was in law school, my wife and I went on a retreat for married couples. We were in the midst of an exercise where we were to exchange feelings on a subject. First we wrote about some issue, not […]

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White Guys Rule?

A deeper look at the Declaration of Independence and its ‘lawfulness’ By A.J. Wagner It is not uncommon to hear a presidential candidate mix up the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence. For instance, here is what Herman Cain said about a month ago: “We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States […]

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A Pleasure to Meet You

A product of the law, now and always By  A.J. Wagner Introductions are boring. They are not the stuff of good writing, good entertainment or good journalism. Try sitting down in front of a pile of resumes without a cup of coffee or a can of Jolt and see how fast you fall asleep. Yet, […]

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Law You Can Use

Recognized Advance Directive Forms Simplify Health Care Planning Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association When I went into the hospital for surgery recently, I was asked if I had any “advance directives.” What, exactly, are advance directives? Advance directives are documents, signed by you and properly witnessed or notarized, that set forth your health […]

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Law You Can Use

Traveling Abroad with Minors: From Passport Issues to Medical Issues Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association I am going overseas with my newborn. Does she need a passport? Yes. All U.S. citizens traveling anywhere outside the United States require passports. This requirement includes newborns and infants. What documents will I need for my child? […]

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Law You Can Use 6/7/11

What You Should Know About Attorney Fees Contributed by the Ohio State Bar Association I’m thinking about hiring an attorney to do some legal work for me, but I’m worried about the expense. Can I find out ahead of time how much it will cost? Yes. You should ask your attorney about fees before asking […]

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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 […]