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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

Cleveland community activists call the Plain Dealer editorial on Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo sexism, and retaliation because Russo, who leads the reentry program, is top in dismissing illegal criminal cases against Black and other defendants

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Pictured is cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Investigatory article by Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio- Greater Cleveland community activists are speaking out against what they say is harassment by the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper editorial board, its online affiliate at Cleveland.comthe Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley against Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo in retaliation for the judge's routine dismissal of bogus criminal cases and the granting of early release from prison to some defendants, a large amount of them erroneously convicted in the first place.


According to the Plain Dealer, Judge Russo leads practically all of the 34 majority White judges on the general division common pleas court in dismissing criminal cases that lack merit and require dismissal under state law, the rules of court, case law, or other authorities.


Most of the impacted defendants are Black.


"As president of Black on Black Crime Inc and a community activist in the trenches I would say that the unwarranted attack on Judge Nancy Margaret Russo by the Plain Dealer and its opportunistic cronies is definitely retaliatory because of the many times that the judge has given out even handed justice in regards to minorities and women," said Black on Black Crime president and community activist Alfred Porter Jr. of Cleveland.


Community activist Art McKoy, founder of Black on Black Crime Inc and the Black Man's Army, and likely the most prominent Black activist In greater Cleveland, said he supports Russo because she is " a fair and thoughtful judge."


At issue is a rape case involving a six-year-old victim where Judge Russo, a 20-year veteran on the common pleas bench, denied a last minute telephone request by prosecutors to delay sentencing of the perpetrator so the child's pregnant mother could have labor induced, a ruling that has unnerved the county prosecutor's office, Sondra Miller of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center , and the Plain Dealer, which did a self-serving editorial last week seeking to vilify Judge Russo.


On Thursday, Russo sentenced Justin Christian, 30, of Elyria to 35 years in prison for kidnapping the six-year-old child from her bedroom last year and raping her, and for attempted kidnapping of another girl in Elyria.


The judge did so without continuing the sentencing date, the girl's mother rescheduling the inducing of labor and attending the sentencing.


Continuances of pretrial and sentencing hearings are discretionary by judges, who wield a high degree of power, and can easily destroy people.


Russo, 60 and a Democrat, is also the judge over the reentry or early release docket, her rulings often angering O'Malley and his predecessor, Tim McGinty, as to the  early release of criminal defendants, most of them Black, and in cases that are sometimes suspect and often a by-product of malicious prosecutions, public records and Cuyahoga County Jail interviews by investigative journalist and editor Kathy Wray Coleman  of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com reveal.


And the judge dismissed charges per a motion by prosecutors against the East Cleveland 3 in 2016, Laurese Glover, Derrick Wheatt, and Eugene Johnson.


They spent 20 years in prison, all three of them Black, and teens when they were arrested and charged, and falsely accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old Clifton Hudson.


A 14-year-old female witness, who testified against them, allegedly via manipulation by prosecutors, later recanted, prompting an investigation, and the subsequent dismissal of all charges.


Activists believe that that and other cases that Judge Russo fairly handles are, in part, the real reason for the recent attack on the judge's credibility by the state's largest newspaper, particularly since her White male judicial colleagues and other area judges routinely escape scrutiny by the Plain Dealer editorial board and the prosecutor's office, no matter what they do, whether legal or illegal.


Community activists say the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, a political venue where Blacks cannot lead, rarely speaks out and is governed by grants from big business that help  it prosper. They say its is hardly in a position to single out Judge Russo for scrutiny. It and the Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Center are run by middle class White women like Sondra Miller (rape crisis cemter)  who rarely, if at all, come in the inner city of Cleveland to see about poor Black women who have been raped, or to rally with community activists and the victims' families. This includes, say activists, rallies as to the rape and murder of poor Black women, including the Imperial Avenue Murders of 11 Black women by serial killer Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland East 93rd Street Serial Murders of a still at large killer or killers, and the also gruesome murders of three young Black women by East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison.


An  investigation by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper, reveals that White male judges often do as they please and are not usually the subject of harsh editorials by the Plain Dealer, including Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, a thief who has stolen a wealth of homes via illegal foreclosures for corrupt banks and mortgage companies such as JP Morgan Chase Bank.

 

O'Donnell caught the ire of the Black community in 2015 when he acquitted since fired Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo of volunteer manslaughter charges for gunning down two unarmed Blacks suspects in 2012 with 49 bullets.


He lost a subsequent second bid
for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court in 2016 after the greater Cleveland Black community, led by community activists and some Black members of Cleveland City Council, campaigned against him over the Brelo verdict and his arrogant and insensitive response to community outcry.


And he is angry, sources said yesterday, and is allegedly showing it against Blacks that appear before him.


Common Pleas judges like Daniel Gaul, always in hot water for impropriety measures and harassing Black defendants, and once almost suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court, manage to escape beccoing a target of the Plain Dealer and so does disgraced former Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob, an alleged pimp and the subject of a prostitution investigation regarding defendants in the suburban courtroom he once ran.


Jacob resigned from the bench, and saw his law licence suspended for two years after convictions on five misdemeanor counts in 2014 in a bench trial, including solicitation and falsification of court records.


He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years probation.


Felony counts of bribery and prostitution were dismissed by his judicial associate, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan, who presided over the bench trial and is a privileged White man like Jacob.

 

Corrigan handed Jacob a lenient sentence based possibly on race and gender, and collegiality and favoritism, legal pundits said.


Municipal courts and the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas general division court led by presiding and administrative judge John Russo, are, by no means, a safe heaven for Blacks, other minorities, or poor people, research reveals.


Data show that Blacks are disproportionately indicted, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, and is roughly 29 percent Black, and is the state's second largest of 88 counties.


Research also shows that the whole system is a sham.


Pretrials in felony cases can be weekly so indigent attorneys can get paid as much as possible, many of the defendants forced unnecessarily to take time off work, some of them losing employment due to the inconvenience.


And defendants who plead not guilty are often treated as though they are guilty upon arraignment, some arbitrarily forced to wear expensive GPS monitors and relegated to probation at the pretrial stage of the criminal proceedings, a real money-maker for the county, and the state.


 

Arrest bonds are often atrocious and unfair in both municipal and common pleas courts in the county, coupled with a Jim Crow-type grand jury indictment system in Ohio that favors police and the White establishment, and that has few, if any, constitutional safe guards for the Black community, poor people and others that meet its wrath by judges, police, and a racist and sexist county prosecutor's office.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.




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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS