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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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Advice Goddess, 11/29/11

Pest Wife Regression Two years ago, my man left his 22-year marriage to be with me, but he told me he loved his former wife and would always want a friendship with her. I accepted that (I’m friends with my ex), but I’m bothered by the amount of contact they have. They do have two […]

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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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Advice Goddess, 11/22/11

Give Till It Hertz For 10 years, this woman and I have had a hot-and-cold long-distance relationship, the temperature of which she’s always controlled. She’s 56; I’m 46. Last year, she felt ready to try for something lasting. She couldn’t afford to travel, so I paid for her flight. She stayed with me for two […]

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From the Earth

Defining what it really means to eat organic By Caroline Shannon-Karasik “Organic.” It’s not exactly a new term or one with which we do not all come in contact each time we hit up the grocery store. But is it a label that we all understand? Ask the average person what “organic” means and they’re […]

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Advice Goddess, 11/15/11

Snorting Hope I’ve been with my boyfriend for three years. The first year was rocky. He was selling drugs, got addicted, and went to prison. Three months after getting out, he relapsed. I persuaded his mother to send him to rehab, and afterward I found us an apartment, where we’ve been for six months. He […]

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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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Advice Goddess, 11/8/11

Slipping Beauty I’m in a great relationship of seven months. My boyfriend and I never get sick of each other. We respect each other and are there for each other, and we talk very openly, even when we’re upset. His ex-girlfriend is part of our group of friends. She is thin and very pretty. I […]

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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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Advice Goddess, 10/25/11

Whiff The Wrong Man I admire that you often add research to your columns, so I thought I’d ask you about an article I read on birth control pills. Apparently, taking the pill can cause the “wrong” man to smell good to you — a man you might not be into once you’re off the […]

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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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Breathing in

Local woman demonstrates how non-smokers are being diagnosed with lung cancer every day By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Remember those horrifying photos of charred, worn lungs that our middle school health teachers liked to use to make a point during non-smoking lessons? Mention lung cancer and that’s the image most people conjure. And even though it is […]

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Advice Goddess, 10/18/11

All Work And No Foreplay My husband and I are entrepreneurs, developing a new product. We’re both working long hours. He’s miserable because he has no time for his art (painting), and our sex life is in shambles. There isn’t a lot of blame or anger. We simply go about our entire days with little […]

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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 […]