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All Sides of the Story Needed in Judging Sexual- Harassment Complaints

After two employees filed sexual-harassment complaints against a manager in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, a flawed internal-investigation report and unfair media coverage led to Attorney General Marc Dann’s resignation from office. This matter shows that in judging sexual-harassment complaints, the full story needs to be examined, and not just the charges that anyone could make up. This article was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Attorney Fee Ripoffs

Clients of law firms should closely examine their lawyers’ bills to reduce the serious problem of overbilling in the legal field.

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Five Supreme Thieves Stole the 2000 Presidential Election

Some conservatives claim that the Florida Supreme Court violated the law in its decisions on the 2000 presidential election and tried to “steal the election” for Al Gore. Actually, the U.S. Supreme Court trampled the law in the case of Bush v. Gore by overruling the Florida court’s lawful decisions.

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Judging the Judges

Many complaints have been made about the performance of judges in the U.S. Much of the criticism is warranted and signals a need for substantial improvements in our court system.

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Leave Consenting Adults Alone

The groups seeking to ban gay marriages and civil unions – and otherwise trying to restrict the freedom of consenting adults – fail to understand what liberty is all about. As long as people don’t harm the person or property of another, they should be free to pursue their happiness in whatever ways they choose.

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Meaning of “Establishment of Religion” in the First Amendment

Some people say the First Amendment’s prohibition on laws “respecting an establishment of religion” prevents only the establishment of a national church. The historical record doesn’t support their view.

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Nasty Porn, Friendly Porn, and Antisocial Behavior

Some anti-sex zealots want to ban all pornography. But like other entertainment, the types of pornography range from bad to good. In judging entertainment and deciding how to deal with it, therefore, the focus should not be on whether it is pornographic but on whether it is beneficial or harmful.

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Ohio Officials Used a Flawed Investigation Report to Force Attorney General Marc Dann from Office

To railroad a populist and progressive attorney general from office, Ohio officials used an investigation report that was riddled with false or misleading statements. This article was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Ohio Officials Wrongfully Drove Attorney General Marc Dann from Office

Gov. Ted Strickland and Democratic members of the Ohio House of Representatives didn’t let the Ohio Constitution or other laws stop them in their politically motivated efforts to drive fellow-Democrat Marc Dann from the office of attorney general.

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Ohioans Should Care About Strip Clubs

Regarding a proposed statewide referendum on a new law restricting adult businesses, some persons have downplayed the issue by saying Ohioans don’t care about strip clubs. While that may generally be true, the referendum involves others matters that Ohioans should care deeply about. This article was printed in several Ohio newspapers in September 2007.

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Ohio’s Economy Is Harmed by Intolerance

A letter published in The Columbus Dispatch claimed that stronger economic growth occurs in states denying civil rights to gays. But the writer’s approach has been taken by Ohio’s state government for a number of years and has undoubtedly exacerbated the state’s economic problems.

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Pledge of Allegiance Should Not Be to a Nation “Under God”

A federal appeals court was right to declare unconstitutional the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. But few in politics or the media bothered to look at the merits of the decision or the harm caused by including “under God” in the Pledge.

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Political Speech and the Churches

The so-called Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act would allow churches to use 20% of their budgets for partisan political activities. Both religion and government would be harmed if Congress passes this bill.

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Protect Pornography to Protect Free Speech

Proponents of censoring pornography usually have no idea of the evils such laws have produced in history. Many of the laws were used to suppress extremely important information, causing tremendous harm.

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Revenge Has No Place in the Justice System

Supporters of capital punishment often argue that death-penalty opponents would change their tune if a family member became a murder victim. Their claim is disproved by the example of Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr., and many other relatives of murder victims.

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Rigged Premium Rates in Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation System Were Illegally Covered Up for Years

By putting in special fixes for employers who complained to legislators or threatened to contact the media about outrageous and sometimes ruinous increases in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation allowed the illegal rip-off to continue for years. Special interests in the workers’ compensation field were thereby enormously and unlawfully enriched. This article is part 2 of a 2-part series originally published in The Columbus Free Press.

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School Prayer Has Always Been Divisive

In recent years, heated and sometimes violent controversies over school prayer have revealed the divisiveness that results when public schools become involved in religious exercises. These disputes have a long and sad history in the U.S.

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Some Adverse Effects of the Death Penalty in History

As death-penalty opponents often point out, numerous empirical studies don’t support a conclusion that capital punishment deters murder. Similarly, history indicates the death penalty may increase murder rates and other violence in society.

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Study Violent Offenders Instead of Executing Them

According to some medical researchers, capital punishment is not the best way to deal with convicted killers. They believe that violence rates are more likely to be reduced by studying violent offenders instead of executing them.

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Successful Lawsuit Exposes Bureaucrats and Lobbyists Betraying Employers in Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation System

A successful class-action lawsuit revealed serious corruption in Ohio’s monopolistic workers’ compensation system. Special interests made huge sums from rigged premium rates for over 15 years, while tens of thousands of employers were financially destroyed or devastated by the wrongdoing. This article is part 1 of a 2-part series originally published in The Columbus Free Press.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Knowledge of the First Amendment

The Religious Right criticizes Thomas Jefferson’s famous metaphor of “a wall of separation between church and state.” But Jefferson’s statement accurately describes the Constitution’s requirements concerning the relationship between government and religion.

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Touch Deprivation and Violent Behavior

In this time of widespread concern about violent crime, neuropsychologist James Prescott’s research deserves serious consideration. He believes that high violence rates are caused, in part, by insufficient amounts of physical affection in society.

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Where There’s a Will There’s a Way to Invalidly Defend Bush v. Gore

In his nationally syndicated column in December 2010, George Will claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court correctly decided Bush v. Gore, the infamous case that halted the counting of votes in Florida in 2000 and handed the presidency to George W. Bush. The nonattorney Will made several incorrect statements in his floundering and futile attempt to defend the indefensible. This article was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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