Balancing Public Safety And
The Constitutional Rights Of U.S. Citizens
By David E. Davidson, Esq.
The recent arrest of the living Boston Marathon bomber has raised a tough constitutional question -- is he entitled to warnings under Miranda v. Arizona? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was questioned for 16 hours before he was given the warnings. Tsarnaev is an American citizen, arrested in America, and it would be difficult to consider him an "enemy combatant," which could lead to him being detained indefinitely without any rights. The Obama administration is not considering him an enemy combatant. He is being treated as a criminal defendant, with due process rights, and he is in the criminal justice system, just as other U.S. citizens accused of terrorism have been. The Tsarnaev case raises the question of the "public safety" exception to the Miranda rule.
Beginning May 7th, employers are required to use a revised, two-page I-9 Form for all new hires. With immigration reform on the front burner in Washington, D.C., Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may increase the number of companies it audits. Employers who fail to comply with the new form will be subject to significant fines and penalties. Your Human Resources Department should be familiar with the new regulation and instructions on how and when to complete the three sections of the form.
|Strauss Troy Freedom Writers Winner Calvin Sims, III,and 11th Grade English Teacher Jocelynne Jason|
On May 1st, Strauss Troy's Make a Difference (MAD) Team
hosted 22 students and three teachers from Taft IT High School
for the firm's annual Freedom Writers competition.
The Freedom Writers program
is based on the national model started by teacher Erin Gruwell in California. Working with "at-risk" students, Gruwell encouraged them to participate in a dialogue and write pieces based on their own lives and observations. Their anonymous articles were later combined in a book, The Freedom Writers' Diary
. Many of the former "at-risk" kids moved on to graduate high school, and some even attended college.
For this year's topic, Taft students were challenged to reflect on safety in schools and to propose ways to better protect children from danger. Some of the students' suggestions included: stricter gun laws, metal detectors and armed guards in schools, increased access to mental healthcare, emergency situation drills, anger management/bullying classes, and increased communication between parents and schools.
Again this year, we are presenting the Strauss Troy Market on the Square as a way to connect with, and give back to, our community. "Fountain Square is our living room," Strauss Troy Chairman Bill Strauss said in a recent DCI Newsletter.
Held on Fountain Square every Tuesday through September 28th (11am-2pm), the market is the ideal spot to spend your lunch break this summer -- supporting the downtown community and local vendors.
This year's vendors include:
Brown's Family Farm Market - Fresh produce
The BonBonerie - Award-winning cakes and cookies
Cupcake Crazy in Cincinnati - Specialty cupcakes, cookies, cake pops and cake push ups
CincyBubbleTea - Smoothie-like drinks with a tasty, chewy surprise
Eli's BBQ - Pulled pork sandwiches, 20 hours in the making
Kaimelsky's - Gourmet hot dogs
Mama Made It Kettle Corn - Kettle corn, caramel corn and gourmet popcorn
Taste 513 - Gourmet burgers, tacos, sandwiches, sides and take-home taco kits
Expressive ltd. - Personalized stationery
Jimi Designs - High-end, contemporary, hand-carved jewelry
JoyStone Jewelry - Original, hand-crafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants
Shareholder Richard Colvin has been named chair of the corporate and business
practice group. Richard has broad experience in large-scale corporate transactions including corporate organization, tax free reorganizations, contract negotiations, mergers, acquisitions and entity formations.
After appearing on Fox19's morning news on March 19th, Strauss Troy attorney Joy Hall was welcomed back on April 12th for more-last minute tax tips. During her discussion with Sheila Gray, Joy touched on common mistakes made on tax forms, including incorrect social security numbers and failure to sign tax forms. She also reviewed the odds of being audited by the IRS -- approximately 1 in 100 if you earn less than $200,000 annually. If you are self-employed, you are 10 times more likely to be audited. Read Joy's bio to learn more about how she can help with your state or federal tax problems.
Join Strauss Troy To Honor Our Region's 55 Fastest-Growing Companies
Strauss Troy congratulates the region's fastest-growing companies and is proud to again present the annual Business Courier Fast 55
To be included as a Fast 55 nominee, companies must be based in the Greater Cincinnati region and demonstrate revenue increases over three years.
The revenue categories for the Fast 55 are as follows:
$1 million to $5 million
$5.1 million to $10 million
$10.1 million to $50 million
$50.1 million to $100 million
$100.1 million and up
When: Thursday, June 6th
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency
151 W. 5th Street
Strauss Troy is a sponsor of this year's Voice of America BBQ Bash
. Don't miss the fun, food and music as more than 35 professional teams from across the U.S. compete in the Buckeye State BBQ Championship
. Teams will be judged in four categories: ribs, chicken, pork & brisket. All proceeds go to local charitable causes. Strauss Troy Shareholder Tom Glass
is the chairperson of the BBQ competition.
6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 18th
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Where: Voice of America Park
West Chester, OH
Cost: $5 per car or $2 walk-in
Strauss Troy Sponsors The Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts' Annual Banquet
Eagle Scout Daniel Jensen (l) of Union, KY, and 2013 Trailblazer
Award Recipient Brent Cooper, President of C-Forward, Inc.
On April 24th, Strauss Troy sponsored the Dan Beard Council Annual Banquet, held at Cincinnati Music Hall. The evening included tours of the historic Music Hall, dinner, volunteer recognition and Silver Beaver awards -- the highest recognition a local Council can bestow upon volunteer leaders.
The Dan Beard Council provides a youth-development program for more than 35,000 Scouts. The organization helps young people build character, teaches them ethical and moral standards and develops personal health and fitness. By instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, Scouting builds a foundation of leadership for the youth of our community.
Strauss Troy, and its chairman Bill Strauss, were featured in the Member Spotlight section of a recent DCI Newsletter. Celebrating its 60th year, the law firm continues to grow as a result of its strong ties to the community and to downtown. "David Ginsburg leads his Downtown Ambassadors by example -- even picking up trash himself when he spots it on the sidewalk," Bill said. "Together, we all make Downtown Cincinnati a great place to live and work."