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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

  • May 22, 2017
    Case Update
    Is SCOTUS looking for a forfeiture case? Plus, appellate decisions on expungement and restitution, plain error, and what a judge has to tell a defendant about sex registration
  • May 19, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th - Part II
    Decisions on lineups and prior calculation and design, and two out of eight (eight!) pro se defendants come up winners,
  • May 17, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th - Part I
    Taking a first look at some of the 8th District's decisions over the past two weeks
  • May 16, 2017
    Case Update
    Stock tips, Federal sentencing reform goes dormant, schoolbag searches, and the retroactivity of State v. Hand
  • May 8, 2017
    Case Update
    Death in Arkansas, a worrisome disciplinary decision, and appellate cases on speedy trial, arson registration, use of prior testimony, and the futility of post-conviction relief
  • May 2, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Nothing but sex
  • May 1, 2017
    Case Update
    SCOTUS closes out oral argument for the Term, the Ohio Supreme Court has seven of them this week, and we report on a decision where you'll probably want to play Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" in the background while you read about it
  • April 26, 2017
    MIA
    Like Mark Twain, rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Except I am pretty sure he's actually dead, while I am not, and for that matter, nobody's spreading rumors that I am. Great lead, huh? The nice thing about...
  • April 20, 2017
    The Supreme Court takes a look at the trial tax
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  • April 18, 2017
    What's Up in the 8th
    Remembering Warren Zevon, and the Fourth Amendment lives