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Constitutional?

If you say so By A.J. Wagner Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) suggested a few weeks ago that federally-issued student loans were unconstitutional. He also said that disregarding the Constitution could lead down a “slippery slope” and cited the Holocaust as an example of what could happen when a country heads down a wrong path. At […]

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Above the law

Is Husted Trying to Fix the Election for Romney? By A.J. Wagner In Ohio, laws are being passed, repealed, challenged and ignored with a strange mix of legislation, referendum, law suits, directives and bullying in an effort to restrict early voting, especially for the last weekend prior to the election. Why is this last weekend […]

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Three branches, one government

The judicial branch offers impartiality in political landscape By A.J. Wagner It started with Aristotle over 2300 years ago when he theorized a government consisting of a king, an aristocracy and a democracy. For the following two thousand years, others looked for ways to combine the best elements of existing models of government into a […]

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Law & Disorder

Due Process is Due By saying Lieberman and Ritchie violated the law, Husted violates the law himself By A.J. Wagner It is interesting to debate the issues surrounding the Husted v. Lieberman and Ritchie affair – see this week’s forum on pages 6-7 – but just as interesting are the laws that apply to the […]

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The King can do no wrong By A.J. Wagner David Esrati, a Dayton blogger and perennial candidate for office, can often be heard complaining that we need to update our laws from the 1785 Northwest Ordinance upon which they are based. He has a point, but some of our most archaic laws are actually based […]

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Click here for great health apps

BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D. We’re big fans of health apps, those clever little programs that convert your smartphone or tablet into a stress reliever, workout buddy, healthy eating log, even a personal assistant that tracks your blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, sleep and a lot more. But with 40,000-plus to choose […]

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M.O. Mayor Leitzell

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Street Art – Erase it or embrace it? By Mayor Gary D. Leitzell   Graffiti has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Walls in Pompeii have such slogans as “Lucius pinxit” carved into them, which translates “Lucius painted this.” For many, graffiti has been a way to demonstrate immortality since […]

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Justice for all?

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Reviewing the rules for lawyers By A.J. Wagner One of the questions I have been asked most often since starting law school is, “Why would a lawyer defend that creep?” It is a question born out of concern. A media outlet reports that a person has been caught red handed having committed a heinous crime. […]

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Another set of eyes

Appellate courts uphold justice By A.J. Wagner When I served as a judge, inexperienced attorneys would sometimes say to me in a threatening manner, “If you do that, Judge, I’ll appeal!” “That’s what you’re supposed to do,” was my reply. I never felt threatened. I was always grateful that we have an appellate system. I […]

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Try, Try Again

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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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 […]