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Volume V, Issue I of Thomas J. Diehl’s Accident and Injury Reporter

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In this issue of the Accident and Injury Reporter, Mr. Diehl answers frequently asked questions about releases. He discusses a very important Ohio Supreme Court case affecting all persons injured as a result of other persons’ negligence. And, Tom introduces you to our staff of lawyers, paralegals and administrators assisting in providing full and complete recovery for our clients injured in automobile accidents.

Diehl & Hubbell Associate to Appear on Dayton’s Fox-45

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By:  Gabe Moorman

I have been asked by Meghan Mongillo, Dayton’s Fox-45 “In the Morning” co-anchor, to be a guest on their live TV broadcast.  I will be answering questions regarding the law and commenting on some of the high profile legal cases in Southwest Ohio.  Specifically, we will be discussing the Ryan Widmer and Stacy Shuler cases. 

The Widmer trial is approaching its final stage, as the attorneys for both sides will offer their closing arguments on Monday, February 14, 2011.  The jury will then begin its deliberation and a verdict will be read by the bailiff at the Warren County Court of Common Pleas in Lebanon, Ohio.  It is likely that people from across the country will be listening intently – as will I.

The Shuler trial has not yet started, but interest in the case has been very high from the start.  Ms. Shuler was recently indicted on nineteen felony counts of sexual battery along with three misdemeanor counts.  She stands accused of having sexual contact with five Mason High School students, most of them believed to be on the football team.  Shuler, who recently resigned as a physical education teacher and athletic trainer, has been released and is currently living with her parents pending her trial.  Stacy Shuler has been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and have no contact with any of the alleged victims or any minors.

I am excited to join Ms. Mongillo at the Fox-45 studio in Dayton and hope to share some interesting and informative perspectives.  Please tune in from 7:00 to 9:00 AM.

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Online and Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

By: Gabe Moorman

As a newly minted Ohio Attorney, I am beginning to understand the importance of legal marketing.  Most attorneys in Ohio would agree that an online presence is crucial in developing name recognition and bringing in new clients for your firm.  Law firm websites, Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn groups, and legal blogs are a great way to reach the public.

The use of social media for law firm advertising has increased substantially over the last year or two. And, rightly so, as the use of social media by prospective clients has skyrocketed.  Along with opening up the phone book, clients in need of legal assistance are logging in to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing.  They are also likely to see the ads on Facebook and the up-to-date thoughts on Twitter and legal blogs.   This provides lawyers with an opportunity to reach an even greater number of clients.  

However, while marketing and networking with other lawyers and prospective clients are important in developing a successful law practice, nothing attracts (and keeps) clients like providing excellent legal services. 

For those attorneys who are hesitant to log on and sign in, you may want to consider the positive impact of developing an online presence.

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Ryan Widmer III

By:  Marty Hubbell

Ryan Widmer’s third trial for the murder of his wife, Sarah, is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, in the Warren County Common Pleas Court in Lebanon, Ohio.  Judge Bronson is again presiding.

The first trial ended in a conviction that was overturned due to juror misconduct.  The jury in the second trial was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, which resulted in a mistrial.

I am often asked my opinion on this case.  I’ve spoken to folks on both sides; each is passionate one way or the other.  I am not.  I have paid close attention to this case, but I have not seen all of the evidence or heard all of the witnesses.  From those I have spoken to in the legal community, most believe reasonable doubt exists.

So why has the overwhelming majority of jurors believed that Ryan Widmer is guilty of murdering his wife?  I do have an opinion on that:  I just don’t think he’s likeable.

Before the second trial, jurors were brought in to determine if they could serve for an extended period of time.  I happened to be at the courthouse, for other cases.  In front of Judge Bronson’s courtroom, I saw Ryan Widmer laughing and joking around with a friend.  This went on for awhile, in full view of the potential jurors.

I also sat in on portions of the first two trials.  I observed Ryan Widmer’s behavior, demeanor, and reaction to witness testimony.  He left me with the impression that he was a bit snarky.

So what does this have to do with the Widmer case?  Like it or not, defendants are on trial the minute they pull into the court parking lot.  It was clear the possible jurors recognized Ryan Widmer.  They knew they were there to potentially serve as jurors in a case, where he is accused of killing his wife.  In other words, they were there to address a serious matter; he was there goofing around.

I have no idea what this third jury will do.  But it would certainly behoove Ryan Widmer to act more appropriately.

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