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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

  • 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.
  • March 2, 2017
    Of bright lines and bookbags
    Oral argument in State v. Oles and State v. Polk