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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

  • September 12, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
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  • September 11, 2017
    Case Update
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  • September 8, 2017
    Friday Roundup
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  • September 5, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
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  • August 31, 2017
    Constructive possession
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  • August 29, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
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  • August 28, 2017
    Truth in plea bargaining
    So I got a brochure last week from Judge Donnelly over at the Common Pleas court. As you can see, it's a panel discussion on plea bargaining. The judge asked me to get out the word, so I just sort...
  • August 15, 2017
    Summer Break
    Got a bunch of stuff to do over the next couple weeks, and with the slowdown in the courts, it's a good time to take a break. I'll be back here on August 28. See you then....
  • August 11, 2017
    Friday Musings
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  • August 10, 2017
    Case Update
    Waiting on SCOTUS; two Ohio Supreme Court decisions