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John Mascolo, Esq.

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John Mascolo, Esq., Attorney Editor

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Legal Writer and Attorney Editor John Mascolo focuses his work on’s family law and criminal law areas.   

John is a native of Akron, Ohio, where his 30-year legal career included public service in Summit County as an assistant county prosecutor and in Akron as an assistant city law director. He later served as a trial magistrate in Medina County Domestic Relations Court for 13 years and directed the court’s mediation program for 8 years. John’s career included writing numerous decisions as a magistrate and a substantial number of briefs and motions as a trial attorney and appellate counsel.

John enjoys teaching and has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron and South University. He has written several grants in the area of Community Prosecution and Domestic Violence. Prior to his legal career, he served as a Jesuit Volunteer and worked as a community organizer which stoked his passion for social justice.   

Retired from public service, John enjoys traveling in the U.S. and abroad and visiting our national parks. John spends most of his free time in Ohio, California, and North Carolina. He enjoys time with family and friends, hiking and running, and finding great music in every town he visits.   

Latest Articles

  • Racketeering/RICO

    Federal and state racketeering, profiteering, and RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) laws make it illegal for criminal enterprises to maintain such operations. Learn about extortion, money laundering, drug trafficking, and much more at

  • The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)

    The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, (SORNA) is a federal law that has specific registration and reporting requirements for sex offenders. Learn about the FBI, parole violations, and much more at FindLaw's Criminal Charges section.

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    Possession of illegal drugs with intent to sell or distribute them is a serious crime with stiff penalties. Learn more at FindLaw's section on Drug Charges.

  • Rape Laws

    The crime of rape generally refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse. Learn more about sexual assault, forced contact, rape kits, statutory rape, and much more at

  • Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing

    Drug cultivation and manufacturing laws make it a crime to grow or make illicit drugs. Learn about precursor chemicals, the DEA, probable cause, and much more at

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  • Involuntary Manslaughter Penalties and Sentencing

    Causing another person's death through reckless behavior, or in the commission of another crime but without intent to kill, carries a lighter sentence than most other forms of homicide. Learn about involuntary sentencing, heat of passion, and much more at

  • Voluntary Manslaughter Defenses

    When facing voluntary manslaughter charges, it's crucial to know everything possible. Learn about involuntary manslaughter, sudden quarrel or heat of passion, mens rea, and much more at

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    Selling fake merchandise online is just as illegal as it being sold on a streetcorner. Learn about trademarks, the CPSC, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, and much more at

  • Rebellion or Insurrection

    When examining the crimes of rebellion and insurrection, it's important to understand how they compare to treason and sedition. Learn about January 6th, rioting, the Proud Boys, and much more at

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