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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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Workers and Criminals

In that Order By A.J. Wagner As promised, I will continue the tour of selected decisions from the 2011 – 2012 term of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Workers Compensation is a special set of laws available in every state. Although each state has its own set of rules, workers compensation is […]

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Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh My)

So You Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas By A.J. Wagner When Governor John Kasich took office in January of 2011, he did what many new elected executives do. He looked at the recently issued executive orders from the outgoing Governor and eliminated those with which he disagreed. Among the Governor Strickland orders issued in the […]

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The Trojan Horse

Health Care Ruling Opens Door for Conservatives By AJ Wagner Then Laocoön rushes down eagerly from the heights of the citadel, to confront them all, a large crowd with him, and shouts from far off: ‘O unhappy citizens, what madness? Do you think the enemy’s sailed away? Or do you think any Greek gift’s free […]

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Law & Disorder

The Supremes Sing Out of Tune More Rulings from the Recent Court Session By A.J. Wagner As I write this we are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act. I will write about that next week after I have a chance to analyze it. By then you may be sick of it, […]

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The Supremes Sing

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The Court Rules on Copyright, Arbitration and More By AJ Wagner The Supreme Court of the United States has a 9-month term each year that spans from the first Monday in October until the end of June. As the term comes to a close I’ll take a few weeks to summarize a few of the […]

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Spotlight

High Fructose Corn Syrup By Megan Garrison The FDA recently rejected a bid to officially change the name of high fructose corn syrup to just “corn sugar.” While this may have seemed like a reasonable request to the members of the Corn Refiners Association, the fact of the matter is that this was definitely a […]

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A Quick Warning

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Watch Where You Are Going By AJ Wagner A woman brought suit against a Meijer store and Home City Ice saying she was injured when she slipped and fell at the store. She alleged that she was injured as a result of a hazardous condition that Meijer and Home City Ice negligently permitted to exist […]

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Just for Fun

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A few interesting vignettes from the legal kingdom (or is it a fiefdom?) By AJ Wagner Morgan Crutchfield, a student at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, is seeking $750,000 in damages for the schooling she received. She claims that the law school allowed her to enroll despite the fact that she had yet […]

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Knock Knock, Anybody Home?

Solving Dayton’s empty property dilemma By Gary Leitzell Most of us who live in Dayton have a vacant house or two close to us. I see the houses behind my home that have been derelict for 10 years. There’s the house at the end of my block that was the victim of an arson fire […]

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Law & Disorder

Two for the Price of One This Week By A.J. Wagner A few weeks back, I wrote of the effort to undo the Ohio Constitution’s ban on gay marriage and gay anything that looks like a marriage. I advised that if you want to get involved in a ballot initiative to allow same sex marriage […]

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Raising the Bar

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A Case of a Liquor License Lost By AJ Wagner A few weeks back the Dayton City Paper had a debate about liquor licenses and the City of Dayton’s request to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission not to renew the licenses of five different bars.  This week, Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals in Columbus […]

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Threatening Behavior

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When Public Record Goes Private By AJ Wagner Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code, with few exceptions, makes public records public. The theory behind this “Sunshine” law is that the public owns the records so they should have complete access to them. A recent case from the Ohio Supreme Court, however, laid out some […]

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The Bars That Bind

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On The Job, With a Conviction By AJ Wagner One of the issues facing many of those looking for employment is a criminal record. A conviction for committing a crime can often have far reaching and long lasting consequences for employment and advancement within a company. Two weeks ago Leaders for Equality and Action in […]

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Traffic Update

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Reconsidering Camera Fiascos By AJ Wagner This is a follow up to my suggestion a few weeks ago that the traffic cameras for speed and red light violations are unconstitutional. I had a paragraph in that story about a 91-year old man who paid his tickets and was still towed. I was not totally correct. […]

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For the Kid in All of Us

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K12 Allows Us to Return to Our Roots By Annie Bowers I challenge each of you to put down your laptop, iPad or smart phone at least once this week … and make something with your hands. Think back to elementary school when, if you were lucky, you went to art class and made paintings, chalk […]

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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 […]