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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

  • March 28, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Pro se motions, pro se defendants, and advice for deadbeat dads
  • March 27, 2017
    Case Update
    Gorsuch's embarrassing day, upcoming oral arguments in SCOTUS
  • March 20, 2017
    Taking time off
    I'm taking the week off. Have a major brief due on Thursday, plus a trial in Federal court starting next Monday. Plus, I'm pretty sure that Obama wiretapped me, too, so I'm working on getting to the bottom of that....
  • March 17, 2017
    What's Up with the 8th?
    The 8th District cases come out every Thursday. By about ten o'clock in the morning, the court will have posted the "weekly decision list" on its web site. It will give a summary of the case, usually in a sentence...
  • March 14, 2017
    Rippo and Pena-Rodriguez
    SCOTUS issues decisions on judicial recusal and biased jurors
  • March 13, 2017
    Case Update
    A SCOTUS decision on career offenders, and appellate cases on what a judge can consider in sentencing, and untimely motions to suppress
  • March 9, 2017
    A switch in time
    The court reverses itself in Gonzalez
  • March 8, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    More sentencing stories, and the right way to handle an Anders brief
  • March 7, 2017
    Case Update
    Knock and announce and the Ohio Constitution, and Anders briefs.
  • March 6, 2017
    Never mind
    The Ohio Supreme Court reverses Gonzalez.