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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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Swinging myself to sleep

Suffering from the dreaded insomnia? Try these ‘swinging’ methods By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s 3:13 a.m. and I’m awake. I’ve already, unwillingly so, opened my eyes at 12:34 a.m. and 2:26 a.m. As it is, I had a hard time falling asleep because I couldn’t get my mind to stop racing, moving through to-do lists things […]

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Evolution at work

The reality of cyber-symbiont terrorists By Shelly Palmer The U.S. government says they have credible intelligence that al-Qaida’s newest bombs are people with surgically implanted explosives or explosive components. This is the logical extension of the current arms race. They use metal weapons, we install metal detectors, they escalate the race by using non-metallic weapons, […]

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How lawyers think

The legalities of a simple game of ‘cat and mouse’ By A.J. Wagner Back when I was in law school, my wife and I went on a retreat for married couples. We were in the midst of an exercise where we were to exchange feelings on a subject. First we wrote about some issue, not […]

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Advice Goddess, 7/11/11

Coma Sutra I’ve been married for over 20 years, and though my wife and I have a very good relationship, she has a low sex drive and never initiates sex. She used to make snide remarks about my sex drive, but I pointed out my options (no sex, self-service, her or someone else). She knew […]

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Advice Goddess, 7/5/11

Creature From The Slack Lagoon I’ve been engaged to a man for seven years, but we haven’t been able to afford to get married. I attend college part-time while raising my daughter and working. He treats me well and works hard, but he’s unmotivated and undereducated. He doesn’t even have a high school diploma and […]

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White Guys Rule?

A deeper look at the Declaration of Independence and its ‘lawfulness’ By A.J. Wagner It is not uncommon to hear a presidential candidate mix up the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence. For instance, here is what Herman Cain said about a month ago: “We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States […]

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A Pleasure to Meet You

A product of the law, now and always By  A.J. Wagner Introductions are boring. They are not the stuff of good writing, good entertainment or good journalism. Try sitting down in front of a pile of resumes without a cup of coffee or a can of Jolt and see how fast you fall asleep. Yet, […]

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Advice Goddess, 6/28/11

The Shopping Cart Before The Horse I had to talk a guy friend out of showing up on a first date with a rose and a book the woman had casually mentioned she liked. He’s a genuinely nice guy and professionally quite successful, but he repeatedly turns women off by coming on too strong too soon with […]

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News of the Weird

Giddyup! When a strain of equine herpes led to a temporary quarantine at horse farms in central Utah, the sponsors of the Davis County Mounted Posse Junior Queen contest in May had a dilemma, but instead of canceling the competition in which the cowgirls show their skills on horseback, they decided to conduct the show […]

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Advice Goddess, 6/21/11

The Princess And The Pee My fiance’s been treating me badly for a while. When I’m at his place, I spend most of my time watching him play video games and drink beer until he’s ready for sex or he passes out. He calls me “insecure” and says “get over it” if I bring up […]

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Law You Can Use

Recognized Advance Directive Forms Simplify Health Care Planning Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association When I went into the hospital for surgery recently, I was asked if I had any “advance directives.” What, exactly, are advance directives? Advance directives are documents, signed by you and properly witnessed or notarized, that set forth your health […]

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Sunshine on My Spandex

How to beat the heat (and the sweat) with the latest in workout gear technology By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Dress for success” is a phrase we liken to men in sharp business suits or women with perfectly coiffed hair and a refined ensemble as they step into a meeting. But it’s not exactly one that is […]

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News of the Weird 6/21/11

A 53-year-old man with failing eyesight and who had recently undergone intestinal surgery told Sonoma, Calif., police that on Sunday afternoon, May 1, a woman had come to his home and instructed him to drop his pants and get face-down on the bed so that she could administer an enema. He said he assumed his […]

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