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Advice Goddess, 9/6/11

This Is Where You Draw The Spine My boyfriend lives in Germany, and I’m in Switzerland (a one-hour plane ride away). His close female friend is getting married, and I’m not invited to the wedding. Last spring, when we were broken up for three months, he had a fling with the bride’s friend. As a […]

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Wrongful entrustment

How parents can get arrested when their child commits a crime By A.J. Wagner Scott Finfrock was a bad driver and his mother paid the price. Scott did not have a valid Ohio driver’s license but that didn’t stop him from driving. In 2009 he had a serious motorcycle accident while fleeing the police. Almost […]

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Advice Goddess, 8/30/11

Guru, Interrupted My husband is extremely analytical, to the point where he has a negative or argumentative response to almost anything I say—including positive or even insignificant things. Then, when he makes some remark, unless I respond with “I agree” or “uh-huh,” he debates me. I’ve repeatedly asked him to stop making everything an argument, […]

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A moderate mediator

The role of mediation in the Dayton court system By A.J. Wagner You might call it “Judge Judy justice.” It is scheduled to happen every Wednesday at Dayton Municipal Court when Magistrate Barbara Doseck or Magistrate Colette Moorman hear the cases of Small Claims Court. These are the cases where one person sues another for […]

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The whine zone

Fighting for the right to make wine By A.J. Wagner According to Myrddin Winery’s website, “Wine is sexy! Wine is food! Wine is at the heart of many of our most meaningful experiences. Wine is a never-ending quest to harness nature within the confines of a (most often) 750 ml bottle.” Myrddin Winery, a small […]

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Advice Goddess, 8/23/11

Spring, Chicken! A co-worker seems interested in me. This is flattering since he’s 48 and I’m 57. He’s asked me out on dates a few times — rather last minute, unfortunately, and I had conflicting plans. He also invited me to join his volleyball club that plays in the park during lunch breaks. The group […]

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Intelligent creation?

The argument over evolution and creationism in public schools By A.J. Wagner For those who contend that the U.S. is a Christian nation, this paragraph, taken from the Treaty of Tripoli, is an obstacle of great consequence. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian […]

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How to build a better salad

Sure it’s a salad, but how healthy is it … really? By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I love food. I love cooking and baking and, naturally, eating. And as someone who likes to try new recipes, the dishes I make can range from kind of complicated to you’re-going-to-need-three-hours-to-pull-this-one-off complicated. But I also love simple dishes, ones that […]

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Advice Goddess, 8/16/11

Piece Treaty Recently, you published a letter from a married man complaining about his wife’s letting their two young children sleep in their marital bed with them. They’d gone from being a couple who didn’t have much sex to a nearly sexless one. You seemed to suggest that the guy bargain for sex from his […]

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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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Advice Goddess, 8/9/11

Hold Me, Tightwad My boyfriend moved in with me after his landlord raised his rent. He announced that he’d give me $400 a month (half of what he was paying at his place), then cut that to $350. I pay $1,250 a month for my home loan and utilities, and more for groceries, lawn care, […]

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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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Advice Goddess, 8/2/11

Frozen Dude Section Men’s magazines always have articles telling guys to pick up women at grocery stores. I’ve actually never heard of a guy successfully asking a girl out in the vegetable aisle. The meat counter doesn’t seem all that romantic, either. What’s the deal on meeting women at the supermarket? —Cleanup In Aisle Two […]

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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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News of the Weird, 7/19/11

On May 21, Jesse Robinson either established or tied the unofficial world record for unluckiest underage drinker of all time when he was booked into the Hamilton County, Ohio, jail for underage consumption. According to booking records, Robinson’s date of birth is May 22, 1990. Government in Action! “Common sense lost its voice on this […]

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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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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 […]