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A New Day

Thumbnail image for books with gavel.jpgYeah, you're in the right place.  I last updated my blog about five years ago, and I figured it was time for another change.  It's not merely cosmetic.  This was probably the least commercialized lawyer blog on the planet; if you read something here and wanted to reach me, the only way was through email:  no phone number, no address.  For all anybody knew, I was writing this from Bombay, like the guy who called me from Dell customer support yesterday, pretending his name was Nick, asking me how I liked the computer I bought from them a couple years back.  He seemed uninterested when I told him the power supply was going.  "There aren't any other problems, are there?"

"Yeah, but it's the power supply, get it?  That's like asking, 'other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?'"  That went a mile over his head, I know, and I'm pretty sure there are some Indian cultural references that would elude me...

But I digress.  Now you've got a phone number, plus one of the tabs up on the top takes you to my website, which is also new.  (Time out for you to say, "Russ, you've been doing a legal blog for almost seven years, and you don't have a website?  My six-year-old kid has a website!")  You can go there and read about how wonderful I am and how you should pay me money to do things.

It's still a work in progress; I'm playing around with formatting and the blogroll and the website.  But if you're just looking for analysis of Ohio criminal law, with a side order of snark, this is still the place to be.  Of course, if you do want to pay me money, now you know how to go about doing that.

I'll have the 8th District Roundup tomorrow.  See you then.

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Recent Entries

  • May 25, 2017
    "Clarifying" post-release controls
    A look at the Supreme Court's decision in State v. Grimes
  • May 23, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Allied offenses, and two search cases
  • May 23, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Allied offenses, and two search cases
  • May 22, 2017
    Case Update
    Is SCOTUS looking for a forfeiture case? Plus, appellate decisions on expungement and restitution, plain error, and what a judge has to tell a defendant about sex registration
  • May 19, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th - Part II
    Decisions on lineups and prior calculation and design, and two out of eight (eight!) pro se defendants come up winners,
  • May 17, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th - Part I
    Taking a first look at some of the 8th District's decisions over the past two weeks
  • May 16, 2017
    Case Update
    Stock tips, Federal sentencing reform goes dormant, schoolbag searches, and the retroactivity of State v. Hand
  • May 8, 2017
    Case Update
    Death in Arkansas, a worrisome disciplinary decision, and appellate cases on speedy trial, arson registration, use of prior testimony, and the futility of post-conviction relief
  • May 2, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Nothing but sex
  • May 1, 2017
    Case Update
    SCOTUS closes out oral argument for the Term, the Ohio Supreme Court has seven of them this week, and we report on a decision where you'll probably want to play Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" in the background while you read about it