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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

  • July 24, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
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  • July 21, 2017
    Friday Roundup
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  • July 20, 2017
    Case Update
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  • July 18, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Judicial bias, RVO specs, 26(B) stuff, waivers of counsel... And more!
  • July 17, 2017
    No more Anders Briefs?
    I have a case now in the 8th District where I came close to filing an Anders brief the other week. It's an appeal from a plea and sentence. The plea hearing was flawless. The judge imposed consecutive sentences, and...
  • July 13, 2017
    Sex offenders and the First Amendment
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  • July 12, 2017
    Removing a retained attorney
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  • July 11, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    The court does good work on a juvenile bindover case, and the State finally figures out that it should have indicted someone in the first place
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    Case Update
    SCOTUS ends its term; the Ohio Supreme Court issues another opinion, and likely the last one, on the trial tax
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    Plea Bargaining -- The defendant's view
    A look at the Supreme Court's decision last week in Lee v. United States