Mat Heck

Who’s the criminal this week?

A week ago Sunday, Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News wrote a story about the veteran I’ve been taking care of since Feb of 2016. It was very brave of John to share his story. The headline was “John ‘Sully’ Sullivan can see his future again” and I think it got more traction on Read More

Judge Robert Rettich III of Miamisburg Municipal court dies- now the race to replace begins

It’s not often that judgeships come available in Montgomery County, because of the not-so-secret pact between the two parties to not ever challenge a sitting judge. That’s why there are currently 6 candidates running (3 from each party) for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (1) UTE 7/1/2025: D Jacqueline V. Gaines  Oakwood 45419 Read More

The problem with judges for life- national and local

There has been a lot of discussion about changing the rules for the United States Supreme Court where judges are given lifetime appointments. This was supposed to be a way to guarantee that they would act in the best interests of the law and country, as opposed to being engaged in partisan politics or being Read More

Public records requests, Freedom of Information act requests and their importance to democracy

The NY Times headline reads “Hidden Pentagon Records Reveal Patterns of Failure in Deadly Airstrikes” and it outlines a pattern of corruption and lawlessness by our military that was responsible for killing civilians in a war zone. They were obtained through Freedom of Information requests beginning in March 2017 and lawsuits filed against the Defense Read More

Are lawyers like Aaron Hartley above the law?

OK class, compare and contrast for your extra credit assignment: Two Centerville High School students facing felony charges involving a gun incident on campus have been released from juvenile detention and placed on electronic home monitoring. The 15-year-old female is charged with making a terroristic threat while the 16-year-old male faces one count of conveyance Read More

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