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For the uncounted hordes of regular readers who have written me bemoaning the inability to satisfy their need for my regular musings about Ohio criminal law, good news:  come in off the ledge.  The paucity of recent posts has to do with three things:

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1.  My vacation.  I've been gone for the last two weeks, in Maui.  We did the road to Hana, sunrise at Haleakala, and the blowhole at Mile 38 on the Honpaleani Highway (a sight, my wife confided to me, seemed vaguely reminiscent of someone she knew), and, of course, the beach.  I probably shouldn't have watched that rerun of Jaws just before I left; as this picture attests, even the combined efforts of these two beauties to coax me into the water proved unavailing.  Still, I've got a bitchin' tan, and you probably don't, so there.

2.  A transition with my blog.  I signed up with Justia to do a website and revamp my blog about a year ago, and, for a variety of reasons, it's proven to be an unhappy marriage.  (Something which, my wife confided to me, also vaguely reminds her of something.)  I'm going to be putting up a new website, and making some revisions to the blog.  Unfortunately, the transition has been a rocky one.

3.  To compound the problem, here at the office ago we switched to AT&T's uVerse internet service two weeks ago, which promised to provide twice the speed we were getting.  That promise fell short; on Monday morning, for example, we were getting no speed at all, and the tech they sent out has spent the day trying to fix it, finally declaring that the problem was in the line somewhere between our building and their main link, which apparently is located in some remote region of Paraguay.  They've promised to figure it out by Monday evening, but then again, see promise re speed, supra.

Anyway, we're starting the week a day late, but otherwise we're back in business.  The post below this is the Case Update, and tomorrow we'll have the 8th District summaries.  On Thursday, we'll take a look at the Ohio Supreme Court's surprising decision last week in State v. Tate, and on Friday... well, I'll come up with something.

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Recent Entries

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  • November 7, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
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  • October 24, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Trying to change the past
  • October 16, 2017
    En banc on sentencing
    The 8th District takes a look at what State v. Marcum means
  • October 13, 2017
    Friday Roundup
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  • October 11, 2017
    Case Update
    SCOTUS starts its new term, and the Ohio Supreme Court hands down two decisions
  • October 10, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Collaboration by inmates, fun in Juvenile Court, the limits of Creech, and more
  • October 5, 2017
    State v. Thomas
    The Ohio Supreme Court reverses a death penalty conviction
  • October 4, 2017
    Russ' Excellent Adventure
    A juror doesn't like me. Boo-hoo.
  • October 3, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    What not to argue on appeal, waiving counsel, the perils of being a juvenile, and expert witnesses