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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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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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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents […]

Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]