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Cincinnati Fights Red-Light Cameras

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="151" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]An activist group is nearly one-quarter of the way toward forcing Cincinnati, Ohio to put the question of red light cameras to voters on the November ballot. The "We Demand Coalition" is a collection of activist groups from the left, right and center of the political spectrum. It held a press conference at city hall yesterday to announce a strong new effort underway to gather the 8000 signatures needed to meet an August deadline to qualify for a ballot initiative. About 2000 residents have already signed."Now ...

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Prohibition in Ohio

[caption id="attachment_5208" align="alignright" width="300" caption="www.OhioDUIdefense.com"][/caption]The picture is of the National Prohibition Convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1892.  The party still exists although they have had to overcome some major infighting that caused many to leave the movement.  "The party's greatest success was in 1919, with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution. That Amendment outlawed the production, sale, transportation, import, and export of alcohol. The era during which alcohol was illegal in the USA is generally known as "Prohibition". The enactment of national prohibition took away...

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MADD Want .05 (lowered) BAC Limit

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports legislation setting the illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for adult drivers who have been previously convicted of DUI/DWI at .05 per se. This lower BAC limit shall apply to these offenders for a period of five years from date of conviction and they shall be required to provide a breath test if requested by an officer following a legal traffic stop. The preceding is taken directly from the MADD website http://www.madd.org/Media-Center/Media-Center/Official-Position-Statements/Position-Statements/Other-Related.aspx.  DUI lawyers have long been warning of the slipperly slope to probhibition.  Note the statment that the offender be...

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Ohio Troopers Cheated on DUI Exam

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Troopers Cheated"][/caption]'The Ohio State Highway Patrol does not tolerate inappropriate behavior." Col. Richard Collins, patrol superintendent, said this in April before the patrol fired two troopers at the Sandusky post who had pulled a racist "prank."Collins should say it again — and act accordingly, now that 12 troopers, including nine from the Canton post, have been implicated in a cheating scandal. The patrol's latest problem damages its credibility even more than the April incident did.The Sandusky situation was bad enough: One trooper had dressed as Ku Klux Klansman while...

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Beer Equals Civilization (www.WashingtonPost.com)

By George F. Will, Thursday, July 10, 2008; Page A15 Perhaps, like many sensible citizens, you read Investor's Business Daily for its sturdy common sense in defending free markets and other rational arrangements. If so, you too may have been startled recently by an astonishing statement on that newspaper's front page. It was in a report on the intention of the world's second-largest brewer, Belgium's InBev, to buy control of the third-largest, Anheuser-Busch, for $46.3 billion. The story asserted: "The [alcoholic beverage] industry's continued growth, however slight, has been a surprise to those...

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MADD Is Cruel!

Recently a group of police officers entered El Camino High School in Ocenside California and announced that several popular kids had been killed over the weekend by a drunk driver.  Most students wept, some became hysterical.  The problem?  This was all a cruel hoax.  Apparently the callous school administration adopted the MADD position that no scare tactic is over the top when drunk driving is involved.  The school counselor who dreamed up this violence defended the program by saying that it had the intended impact.  This augments the decades old theatre performance...

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Fair Play Discovery Rules

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="288" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]The Holliman family mur der trial looks like a bad episode of "Law & Order" - minus the order. Four members of the Holliman family are on trial for aggravated murder in the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.The defense claimed the prosecution withheld DNA evidence and the name of a witness who supposedly heard the defendants admit involvement. When Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Eileen A. Gallagher forced prosecutors to open their investigative files to the defense, a prosecutor ran to another court to...

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Trial Lawyers Are Lucky

Trial lawyers are a lucky breed.  We get to spend our lives talking to juries about the magesty of our Constitution. More than others we get to see how ideals matter and how fragile our system really is.  For the majority of my life I have seen my leaders fight hard to uphold the Constitution.  While I may have had political differences with a politician, I have never actually feared that one group was actually a threat to our core American values.  I now fear for our Constitution.As you enter your holiday...

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Ohio City Caught Misleading Citizens on Red-Light Camera Violations

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption]Earlier this year, Middletown, Ohio trumpeted a drop in red light camera violations as a sign that the safety program has been a great success. The Middletown Journal newspaper reported today that this may not be true and that the drop in violations may be explained by factors unrelated to any improvement in driver habits. The city consistently told reporters that the drop in violations was proof of an increase in safety. In February, for example, WCPO-TV reported the following: "Back in Middletown, Major Mark Hoffman ...

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The Tennessean Takes On MADD

The Tennessean, June 22 – Drunken-driving stories, like last week’s op-ed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving representative Alexanderia Honeycutt, make headlines every day.  Groups like MADD relentlessly remind Americans that the abuse of alcohol continues to be a huge problem on our roadways and, as a result, the most drastic measures are needed. Though truly “drunken” driving is a serious issue, much of the reported problem is little more than PR.Consider fatality statistics. The number of deaths that activist groups attribute to drunken driving is grossly exaggerated.  Last year, federal statisticians classified almost 18,000 deaths as “alcohol-related.” However, alcohol-related does...

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