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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

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    What's Up in the 8th
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    Friday Roundup
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  • July 20, 2017
    Case Update
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  • July 18, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
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  • July 17, 2017
    No more Anders Briefs?
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  • July 13, 2017
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    Removing a retained attorney
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    What's Up in the 8th
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    Case Update
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    Plea Bargaining -- The defendant's view
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