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Executive Privilege and Public Records

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 9, 2006
I am of an age that, when I see U.S. v. Nixon cited as precedent, I think, "Uh oh, things are going to end badly." That is exactly the authority by which the Ohio Supreme Court handed Gov. Bob Taft   

In Abuse Lawsuit, Timing Is Everything

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I'll sue you! Undoubtedly, we've all heard or uttered those words. How long is this threat good? In other words, can you sue someone forever, long after the perceived harm, or is there some cut off?  

Before You Take My House, Send Me a Postcard

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 14, 2006
In Andre Dubus III's chilling book, House of Sand and Fog, Col. Massoud Behrani buys a house at a San Mateo County tax foreclosure sale. When the deputy sheriffs come to tell owner Kathy Nicolo the   

Whose Castle Is This Anyway?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Knock knock. "Come in," says the mama bear. "Don't come in," says the papa bear. Who wins? Five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court say the papa bear wins. Three say the mama bear wins. Justice Samue  

A Majority of Sorts Decides Ohio's 'Wrongful Life' Case

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The Ohio Supreme Court, more conservative than it used to be, really must have struggled over its March 3 decision sharply limiting damages that parents can recover for bad prenatal genetic test adv  

The Legal Evolution of 'Intelligent Design'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 8, 2006
We Ohioans should be grateful to the Dover, Pa., School Board for its attempt to mandate the teaching of intelligent design (ID) in its ninth-grade science curriculum. It made our own state board's   

Making a Federal Case of Assisted Suicide

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2006
When can individual states do what they want, and when must they follow uniform federal policy? This has always been a hot topic in our dual system of state and federal government, and even more so   

Who Pays for the Punch?

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2005
What is the responsibility of a bar, restaurant or shopping mall when one of its customers is beaten up in its parking lot? The people who attacked the customers are obviously subject to criminal p  

Grandma and Grandpa Go to the Supreme Court

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Grandparent visitation. Who could possibly be against it? Apparently not state legislators, because by the end of the 20th century every state had a grandparent visitation statute. Just picture the   

Will Changes in Justices Bring Changes in Justice?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2005
One of the fascinating aspects of constitutional law is the influence of changing times on individual justices and on the court's decisions. Why does a court revisit settled law? Sometimes to reaff