The Wolfman Institute of Rational Thinking Presents: "Justice for Sale"

~An investigation into how campaign cash is corrupting America's courts~
February 19, 2010

What has President Barack Obama Done for You Lately?

"Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies
Lynn University"

How things stand today

Mayor Bell wants to increase taxes. TPS wants more taxes. Ohio wants to raise taxes.
You can't park downtown without getting a parking ticket. I don't know what the attraction is
going downtown anyway. I can't fit in the seats in the Lucas County Arena. You better pay your red light tickets, though I don't know what Toledo will do when they will have to refund everyones money after the Supreme Court rules on the cameras. Did I miss anything?

Ohio Supreme Court rules against Toledo Public Schools and Lucas County in Michaelmas Manor valuation

Toledo Public Schools and Lucas County appear to wanted to try to dismiss a request to lower property values of Michaelmas Manor by 1 million on a technicality. Ohio Supreme Court says not so fast.

Lynn B. Jacobs and the Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann join Lucas County Children Services Board


Lynn B. Jacobs and the Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann join Lucas County
Children Services Board

(TOLEDO, OH — January 26, 2010) The Lucas County Commissioners have
appointed Lynn B. Jacobs and the Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann to the Lucas
County Children Services (LCCS) Board of Trustees.

Ms. Jacobs is retired from the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office Civil
and Juvenile Division, where she served as an assistant prosecutor. She
is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar
Association, and is a past-president of the Toledo Women’s Bar

Foreign Money in American Politics?

Foreign Money in American Politics?
Some Say Supreme Court's Decision in Citizens United Case Has Opened New Path
Jan. 24, 2010 —
Some election lawyers believe that last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court opinion may have opened a new avenue for foreign money to enter the American political system, and that the justices are inviting a repeat of the 1996 Chinese money scandal that bloodied the Clinton administration.

Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits

Reaction of political groups was immediate.
"This decision allows Wall Street to tap its vast corporate profits to drown out the voice of the public in our democracy," said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, a group that favors limits on campaign spending and vowed to push swift passage of legislation in Congress to publicly finance congressional elections.


Inclement Weather Service Currently Being Offered

Toledo, Ohio ‑ The Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service, TARPS, already is the nation’s second fastest growing transit service specifically for persons with disabilities and the fastest growing such service in Ohio. Plans and activities in place will advance this heavily used service even more.

Long-time judge and public servant, Steve Yarbrough, announces candidacy for Sixth District Court of Appeals

Sylvania resident, Steve Yarbrough, has announced his candidacy for the Sixth District Court of Appeals – serving eight counties in northwest Ohio. Yarbrough, who has served as a judge in numerous courts for nearly 20 years, has experience in each of the eight counties of the district, including cases involving juvenile, domestic relations, divorce, child custody, domestic violence and criminal law.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals hears cases from the municipal, county, and Common Pleas courts located in Lucas, Erie, Fulton, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties.

Hottinger Legislation Affirmed by Judicial Branch, Aids Thousands of Ohioans

COLUMBUS– State Representative Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today heralded the decision of the 10th District Court of Appeals that affirmed the constitutionality of House Bill 544.

“I am pleased that the 10th District Court of Appeals has upheld the authority of the Ohio General Assembly to set the budget for the state of Ohio,” said Hottinger. “Although I would have preferred that these funds been utilized for job creation more than 18 months ago, I am hopeful that these funds will soon be able to be used to assist in improving the health of tens of thousands of Ohio residents.”

House GOP: An Earnest Look at 2009

COLUMBUS— House Republicans today highlighted the 2009 legislative year with the following solutions as offered by the caucus throughout the year.

“I am honored and humbled to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “Throughout 2009, I welcomed the opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner with members from across Ohio. However, many Republican-offered solutions were either silenced or ignored completely throughout the process. It is my hope that the New Year will encourage an open and honest discussion.”

Oregon checkpoint nets four arrests

Oregon (again!) held another DUI checkpoint, this time just east of I-280 near St. Charles Hospital on Friday. They stopped all traffic for four hours Friday afternoon and evening on Navarre Ave. (St Rt. 2) to check over 1,100 drivers. The checkpoint netted 4 arrests for outstanding warrants and 12 citations for other violations. But no DUIs. When will the madness stop?

Cruelty to Dogs-->Dog "Warden" does WHAT?

This is, if true, utterly disgusting. The paper said in part the following:

"Visitors are often surprised to learn about one of the county's most definitive temperament tests: a squeeze of the genitals. A dog that will allow you to do that is a dog that isn't going to bite some kid who happens to step on his toe," Mr. Skeldon explained."

Former Toledo Mayor Advisor Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

TOLEDO, OHIO - Tuesday, October 6, 2009, Brian Schwartz, former advisor to the Toledo's Mayor Finkbeiner, has filed a lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court for wrongful termination. Mr. Schwartz's attorney, Scott Ciolek, filed the Complaint this morning asking for a damage award in excess of $150,000.


The Third Annual Red Mass of the Diocese of Toledo, celebrated at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral this past Sunday, September 27, 2009, was a great success. The Red Mass, named for the color of vestments worn by the celebrant and others to signify the fire of the Holy Spirit called down to inspire those in the legal profession, was celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Leonard P. Blair, STD, who was assisted by Very Rev. Michael R. Billian, VE (Episcopal Vicar and Moderator of the Curia), Very Rev. Christopher P. Vasko, VJ, JCD (Judicial Vicar: Diocesan Tribunal), Rev.

The Rights of Corporations

Interesting editorial--

The question at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this year is simple: What constitutional rights should corporations have? To us, as well as many legal scholars, former justices and, indeed, drafters of the Constitution, the answer is that their rights should be quite limited — far less than those of people.

State Reps. Adams, Amstutz and Morgan Announce Lawsuit Regarding Video Lottery Terminals

COLUMBUS – State Representatives John Adams (R-Sidney), Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) and Seth Morgan (R-Huber Heights) today announced that they have joined with the Ohio Christian Alliance in filing a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court to oppose the unlawful expansion of gambling in Ohio.

It's official: Recall OFF the ballot

More to come stay tuned! Supreme Court says lacked proper signature disclaimer.
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner announced July 27 that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled to prevent a recall effort from appearing on the ballot on Nov. 3.

According to the court document State ex rel. Finkbeiner v. Lucas Cty. Bd. of Elections, the petition did not include a legal clause stating that election falsification is a felony of the fifth-degree.

Carty called out Michael Miller, and he had to respond:

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