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Happy Birthday!

8 birthday cake.JPGThat's right, it's birthday time again.  Not mine; I'm older than eight, even in dog years.  No, it's birthday time for the blog:  Eight years ago, a boy with a dream said, "Gosh darnit, I'm going to do a blog.  It will be written with elegance and style, providing deep and provocative insights into Ohio criminal law, maybe with a special section for prosecutors where I'll tread  lightly on the case analysis in favor of more pictures and some nifty word puzzles."

I'm not sure anything after "eight years ago" in that sentence was true.

In any event, I've been doing this for exactly eight years now.  I don't see me doing it for another eight, to be sure.  Hell, for all I know, eight years from now the highlight of my week might be the day they serve sloppy joes in the dining hall at the nursing home, because I don't have to put in my teeth to eat it.  

But I'll be doing it for a while.  I enjoy it, and it keeps me sharp.  I'm only going to be doing it four days a week, though, Monday through Thursday.  I've got a lot of stuff on my plate anymore, what with appeals and trials and moonlighting as a hand model.  (Take that, George Costanza.)  True, I've been able to get more done since I went to a 30-hour day and eight-day week, but time to do four posts a week is about all I can really manage comfortably.

So, I'm off to the party.  I'll be back with the Case Update tomorrow, What's Up in the 8th on Wednesday, and whatever comes to mind on Thursday.

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Recent Entries

  • June 28, 2017
    Plea Bargaining -- The defendant's view
    A look at the Supreme Court's decision last week in Lee v. United States
  • June 27, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    A worrisome decision on expert funding, and, mirabile dictu, a court's dismissal of a case for a discovery violation is upheld
  • June 23, 2017
    Crime and the First Amendment
    Facebook and sex offenders, and encouraging someone to kill himself
  • June 20, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    I come a cropper, plus inventory searches and mandatory probation
  • June 19, 2017
    Case Update - SCOTUS
    What's coming up in the US Supreme Court in the next two weeks
  • June 12, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    After weeks in the desert, we come upon an oasis of defense wins
  • June 7, 2017
    A switch in time
    Why what the Supreme Court did in Aalim II and Gonzales II is a bad thing
  • June 6, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    A turnabout on prior calculation and design, and harmless error in all its manifestations
  • June 5, 2017
    Case Update
    A death penalty case, fourteen years after the crime, and we're just getting started. And two appellate decisions on search and seizure.
  • May 31, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    "What's a law enforcement accountability activist?" asked someone never, but the answer is here. Plus, cell phone experts, joinder, and the fading glory that was State v. Hand.