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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  5 million views.

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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).

Clevelandurbannews.com remembers the late former president JFK on the anniversary of his assassination....Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 a year after his untimely death in 1963

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 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.


CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read online Black newspaper, remembers the late former United States president John Fitzgerald Kennedy (pictured) as to the anniversary of his death, on  today, Nov 22, 1963.


Often referred to as "Jack," JFK was the 35th president and served from January 1961 until his untimely death, his unprecedented assassination.


A respected champion of Civil Rights,  Black leaders at the time of his death called his assassination, "a dark day in the history of America."


The former president died from a gunshot wound to the head while riding in a motorcade  during a parade in Dallas, Texas, and at the hands of infamous assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, who was later killed himself.


A year after his death congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


A Democrat and former Massachusetts senator, JFK defeated then vice president Richard Nixon to take the presidency in 1960. He was the last Democrat to lose Ohio and go on to win the presidency.


JFK was a brother of former U.S. senators Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, both deceased, with Robert Kennedy assassinated too.


His presidential successor was Lyndon B. Johnson, his vice president at his death.


Among a grieving America and international mourners across the world , JFK left to cherish his legacy, his wife Jacqueline, who later remarried,  and two children, Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr.


Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, a former ambassador to Japan, is the only surviving  immediate family member.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in 1994  at the age of 64 and JFK Jr. died when the private airplane that he was piloting, his plane in fact, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. They were in route to a family wedding at Martha's Vinyard. His wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her sister, Lauren Bessette, were passengers on the airplane and died too.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 23:19

Chief and unfair Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo loses authority-Part 2 of a multi-part series on Cuyahoga County public corruption: New Ohio law on seeking possible removal of a municipal court judge in a case for bias or conflict via the filing of an a

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Pictured is Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Presiding and Administative Judge John Russo, the chief judge of the 34-member largely White general disvsison court of Cuyahoga County, the state's second largest county and of which includes the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year  journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who 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


Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 5 million Google Plus views



THIS IS PART TWO OF A MULTI-PART SERIES ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC CORRUPTION, A COMPREHENSIVE MULTI-YEAR INVESTIGATION THAT REVEALS, AMONG OTHER IMPROPRIETIES, A CLEAR INDICTMENT AGAINST POOR PEOPLE, WOMEN, THE BLACK COMMUNITY, AND OTHERS

 


CLEVELAND  URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Affidavits of prejudice filed against Ohio municipal court judges in civil, criminal, traffic and other cases to seek their potential removal in the particular cases for alleged prejudice or a conflict of interest are no longer heard by the presiding judge of the court of common pleas in the respective county. (Editor's note: Presiding judge in this instance does not mean a presiding judge over a particular court case but the presiding judge over the judges of an Ohio common pleas court who is elected annually by his or her peers. Community activists, led by Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, lobbied the Cleveland NAACP and state legislators via state Rep Bill Patmon (D-10) of Cleveland  to change the law but wanted a panel of judges and others to decide when a judge in Ohio is disqualified from hearing a case for bias or conflict. Coleman says she has since been further harassed by Administrative and Presiding Judge Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo, who is White and has the position per the vote of his judicial colleague).


Russo leads the 34-member largely White general division common pleas court in Cuyahoga County where Blacks are maliciously prosecuted in droves, criminal bonds are excessive, indigent attorneys are selling out Black and poor people, White cops can gun down innocent Blacks with impunity, and the mass incarceration of the Black community is on the rise. And at one time he decided if municipal court judges were disqualified from hearing cases for bias or conflict per his role as chief judge in the common pleas court

 

That is now over, as to his power in deciding if corrupt judges are disqualified from hearing cases,  and Russo wants revenge at those who sought a change in the law, particularly community activists like Kathy Wray Coleman, also a former Call and Post reporter who now edits Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.


Per an amended state law (Ohio Revised Code 2701.031) adopted by the state legislature in 2014, the authority to decide affidavits of prejudice or disqualification relative to municipal court judges now resides singularly with the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, now Maureen O'Connor, a popular Republican and former lieutenant governor.


Hence, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Presiding and Administrative Judge John Russo can no longer decide affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges of the county, though public records reveal that when he had such authority he, and his predecessors, would routinely disregard them, and regardless of the merits. And many of the judges complained of are Democrats in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, and of which includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


Republican presiding judges of the county's general division common pleas court, which hears felonies, civil cases and a litany of other legal matters, were no different and also routinely protected municipal court judges from scrutiny and disqualification in conjunction with the filling of an affidavit of prejudice. (Editor's note: Cuyahoga County includes the largely Black city of Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black. It is a Democratic stronghold relative to elections)


This arbitrary and capricious behavior often occurred no matter how the judge at issue behaved in civil, divorce, criminal and other cases, including illegal warrants in bogus criminal cases, malicious and retaliatory prosecutions, and the illegal denial of indigent counsel to those deemed indigent by the court at issue.


State law O. R.C. 2701.03, which mirrors O. R.C. 2701.031 but is for possible removal of common pleas judges for conflict or prejudice, still remains under the purview of the chief justice as to affidavits of prejudice.


Probate, domestic relations, juvenile, state appellate court judges, and judges on the court of cliams bench, per an amendment of R.C 2701.03 by the state legislature, also in 2014, are now also subject to possible removal for prejudice or conflict by the chief justice per the filing of an affidavit of prejudice.


In any instance, the complaining party or his or her attorney, in criminal, traffic, civil and other pending cases, must file the affidavit in the Ohio Supreme Court at least seven days before the next scheduled hearing, and if no hearing is scheduled, it should be noted in the sworn affidavit.


Cases are put on hold as to substance matters until the affidavit of prejudice is ruled upon, if the affidavit is accepted for filing.


If the chief justice of the state's high court determines via a properly filed affidavit that judicial removal is warranted he or she can do one of three things_assign a handpicked visiting judge, which is usually a retired judge with nothing to lose, issue an order for random draw assignment of another judge if the judge at issue is part of a multi-judge court, or remove the case to another court under another judge.


Rarely are Ohio judges removed from cases for bias in Ohio, whether a municipal or common pleas judge, or otherwise, and some will retaliate for the filing of the affidavit, data show.


Cases that gain notoriety are the most likely to result in a fair outcome and the judge's disqualification. And even in high profile cases the rulings often lean in favor of the judge, favoritism sometimes, say sources, to promote judicial collegiality, and sometimes to allegedly cover up public corruption.


What often happens relative to the filings of meritorious affidavits of prejudice that seek a judge's removal from hearing a particular case or cases is that the judge at issue will withdraw before the affidavit is heard and a visiting judge steps in to often further the harassment.


Moreover, if a judge gets disqualified the judge assigned in his or her place sometimes retaliates, data also show.


There is no process for seeking removal, however, of a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court as to an affidavit of prejudice.


Ohio judges in general can be disciplined for felony convictions and violations of the Ohio Judicial Conduct and Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility, but the process for seeking their potential removal from cases for alleged bias or conflict is pursuant to the proper filing of an affidavit of prejudice under state law.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 05:06

Greater Cleveland activists to host the 5th Anniversary of the Cleveland Police 137 Shots Killings of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell rally and vigil on November 29 and on December 5 will picket against police misconduct in greater Cleveland at 11 am

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Pictured are 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Malissa Williams  and 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Timothy Russell

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Greater Cleveland community activists, led by the Committee for Social Justice, Black on Black Crime Inc, Imperial Women Coalition and the Inner City Republican Movement, will host the 5th Anniversary of the Cleveland Police 137 Shots Killings of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell rally and vigil at 5 pm on Wednesday, Nov 29 in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland where the two unarmed Blacks were gunned down five years ago  by 13 non-Back Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets. (Contacts for the event are activists Alfred Porter Jr of Black on Black Crime Inc at (216) 804-7462 and Kathy Wray Coleman at (216) 659-0473). Family members of the shooting victims are expected to attend, organizers said.

 

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The event marks the day, on Nov 29, 2012, that the 13 Cleveland cops crossed jurisdictional lines via a car chase that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland and did a Bonnie and Clyde -type shooting at the stationary car that had been driven my Russell, 43, and where Williams, 30, was a passenger.


Both were homeless, and had substance abuse problems, and they had family members who cared about them.


The city settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $3 million to be split between the parties and their attorneys. .


Neither was wanted by the law and none of the cops at issue spent a day in jail, only one of them getting fired to the dismay of the Black community and after the firings of five other police officers were reversed by an arbitrator.


At 11 am on Tuesday, Dec 5 activists will  hold a Stop Police Misconduct in Greater Cleveland rally on the steps of the Justice Center on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland to address police misconduct in communities throughout Cuyahoga County, including Cleveland, Euclid, University Heights, Garfield Heights, Bedford Heights, Shaker Heights, Berea, Lyndhurst, Middleburg Heights and Beachwood.


The Dec 5 rally will focus on abuse and malfeasance against Blacks in Garfield Heights and elsewhere in greater Cleveland, the harassment of activist Kathy Wray Coleman by University Hts police and corrupt judges and others, the police killing in Euclid of 23-year-old Luke Stewart and police beatings of Richard Hubbard and activist Damian Parker in the same city.


The Dec 5 rally will also address an uncosntitutional and racist grand jury process and malicious prosecutions and mass incarceration of the Black community.


"We will deal with all of these issues," said Art McKoy, the founder of Black on Black Crime Inc and a longtime greater Cleveland community activist.


Activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a key organizer of both events who leads the Imperial Women Coalition and edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers, said she is particularly concerned that police gunned down Malissa Williams in her prime and that "police abuse and other malfeasance against innocent Black people is escalating across Cuyahoga County."


Other participating activists' groups include Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, RefuseFacism.Org and the People's Forum.


Five Cleveland police officers involved in the deadly shooting of  Williams and Russell who were fired last year by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who is Black and was reelected to a fourth term last month, were reinstated to their jobs last month  after a White arbitrator in June, ordered their reinstatements and no administrative appeal was taken to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas by the city to seek to vacate or overturn the arbitrator's controversial ruling.


A sixth police officer, Michael Brelo, who was also fired, will not be reinstated, the arbitrator ruled.


In addition to Brelo, the other police officers fired of the 13 non-Black cops that gunned down Williams and Russell were Det. Erin O'Donnell,  officers Brian Sabolik, Wilfredo Diaz and Michael Farley, and Det. Chris Ereg.


Racial unrest continues to mount behind the killings by police, two of many in the largely Black major American city of some 385,000 people, the second most segregated city in the nation behind Boston.


Some supervisors of the cops warned the aggressive shooters to stand down, but to no avail.


Brelo was exceptionally callus and shot 49 of the 137 bullets into the car Russell had been driving.


Arbitrator William Heekin, who was chosen by the city and the police union from a list of arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association, also upheld the 21-day suspensions for officers Scott Sistek, Cynthia Moore, Randy Patrick, Paul Box and Det. William Salupo, as well as a 22-day suspension for Det. Michael Rinkus.


Activists say the arbitration process is a sham to the detriment of the Black community and others, particularly those subjected to excessive force and other police misconduct.


"The city terminated six of those officers and gave lengthy suspensions to the other six," said Mayor Jackson. "We are pleased that the arbitrator confirmed the severity of the violations committed by the officers and that he upheld the termination of Officer Brelo and that he upheld the lengthy suspensions for the six officers whom the city had not terminated."


Overturning an arbitration award in Ohio rarely occurs, regardless of the merits of the case. But it does occur.


The car chase that resulted in the unprecedented deaths of two innocent Black people culminated in some 64 police cars and some 105 officers, those that did the killing ignoring supervisor orders to back down.


Former county prosecutor Timothy McGinty shielded all of the police officers but Brelo from criminal indictments by a grand jury after they appeared before the grand jury in tears, fake tears, in fact, say community activists.


Led by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Black clergy and community activists, McGinty lost a bid for reelection last year to current county prosecutor Michael O'Malley, a fellow Democrat, and following fallout from his supports of cops in celebrated excessive force cases, also including police killing cases of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, and a host of others.


Brelo faced manslaughter charges in 2015 in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John 'Donnell who, on May 23, 2015,  freed him on all charges, namely two counts of voluntary manslaughter.


The verdict heightened racial tensions between police and the Black community with police in riot gear arresting some 71 protesters the day the verdict was issued by Judge O'Donnell, most arrested on charges primarily of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest, many for scrimmages with police.


O'Donnell, who is White, lost a a bid for the Ohio Supreme Court last year by roughly 24,000 votes following fallout from Black voters and his own Democratic party regarding his controversial verdict and criticism from activists and several Black members of Cleveland City Council, led by Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell.


The city of Cleveland is currently under a court-monitored consent decree for police reforms with the U.S. Department of Justice.


Community activists want consent decrees for police reforms in suburban Cleveland such as University Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Berea, Bedford Heights, Middleburg Heights, and Lyndhurst.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 5 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. 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.


Last Updated on Saturday, 25 November 2017 20:50

Corrupt and racist University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld is booted from office by voters following claims of spending irregularities of taxpayers money, racism against Black residents, police abuse of Blacks, and theft of residents homes

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 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.


THIS IS PART ONE OF A MULTI-PART SERIES ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC CORRUPTION, A COMPREHENSIVE MULTI-YEAR INVESTIGATION THAT REVEALS, AMONG OTHER IMPROPRIETIES, A CLEAR INDICTMENT AGAINST POOR PEOPLE, WOMEN, THE BLACK COMMUNITY, AND OTHERS


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-UNIVERSITY Heights- University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld (pictured), following accusations by council members of illegal spending of taxpayers money and claims of racism against Black residents, coupled with running a theft ring of Cuyahoga County residents homes via illegal foreclosures, was booted out of office Tuesday evening.


University Heights is a Cleveland suburb and is 18 percent Black.


Mayor since 2010, Infeld, also the city's corrupt safety director, lost her bid for reelection to Michael Brennan, an attorney who has never held public office.


Community activists said they were pleased that voters could see through a racist Democratic mayor such as Infeld, who is White, corrupt and and uses White cops to harass Black residents that complain about her harassment.


Activists say she should be investigated and indicted for theft and malfeasance in office and hate crimes against Black residents.


"Ousted University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld runs a theft ring of homes of Cuyahoga County residents with University Heights resident and Chief Cuyahoga County Magistrate Stephen Bucha and his wife, an attorney with the law firm of Lerner Sampson and Rothfuss who represent corrupt banks and mortgage companies such as JPMorgan Chase Bank and Wells Fargo," said greater Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a greater Cleveland Black journalist who leads the grassroots group Imperial Women Coalition "Also involved are the law firm of Bricker and Eckler where former county prosecutor Bill Mason is now a partner, corrupt common pleas judges like judges John O'Donnell and Carolyn Friedland, county officials, the county sheriff's office, police in University Heights, led by the corrupt and racist Sgt Dale Orians, and a host of others."


Current county Prosecutor Michael O'Malley is also part of the corruption, Coleman said, and has Blacks maliciously prosecuted for University Heights, Mason, Bricker and Eckler, Lerner Sampson and Rothfuss, Thompson Hine law firms, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, among others, if they fight to save their homes against illegal foreclosures.

Data also show that in general, O'Malley is getting Blacks erroneously indicted in droves and is a king of mass incarceration of the Black community.


At one time Infeld employed as the city law director, the former attorney of former county commissioner and former county Democratic party chairman Jimmy Dimora.


Dimora is serving a 28-year federal prison sentence for racketeering and other crimes in office.


Dimora and former county auditor Frank Russo, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence for malfeasance in office, are among some 61 Democratic affiliates, including two common pleas judges, but mainly businessmen, who were either convicted or pleaded guilty to crimes via an ongoing county corruption probe led by the FBI.


Coleman said that the FBI should investigate Infeld, University Hts police, Chief County Foreclosure Magistrate Stephen Bucha and his wife, corrupt county officials and the county prosecutor's office, and a select group of corrupt municipal and common pleas judges for documented public corruption, including racist Shaker Heights Judge KJ Montgomery, who hears criminal cases brought by the city of University Hts.


Data show that Montgomery is also a part of the theft ring of homes and has Blacks maliciously prosecuted that complain. She also illegally employs attorneys that come before her to step in for her for judge to try to get Blacks illegally convicted of crimes, research reveals, and she issues extremely excessive bonds against the Black community.


Judge Montgomery, say sources, is sometimes allegedly drunk on the bench, and for a period, would not come to work.

 

Judges in general, and other elected officials, including he Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, and corrupt cops in a host of other Cuyahoga County communities are also part of the public corruption, a multi-year investigation by the Call and Post Newspaper and Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog, reveals.


The culprits, for the most part, are White Democrats who reside in Cuyahoga County, data show, some of the same ones who routinely court the Black vote.

 

A few Republicans, including judges, and anti-Black mainstream media-types, regardless of political party affiliation, are also at fought in perpetuating political corruption, racism, sexism, police misconduct and legal system abuse against the Black community, women, other minorities, poor people, and children and their families, among others.


Cuyahoga County, the state's second largest county behind Franklin County, which includes the capital city of Columbus, is roughly 29 percent Black, and a Democratic stronghold.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 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.


 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 November 2017 21:12

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson defeats Councilman Zack Reed as three Cleveland councilpersons are ousted....Mayor King wins in East Cleveland, Michael Nelson Sr wins over Cleveland Judge Michael Sliwinski, Susan Infeld loses for mayor in University Heights

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard), Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed (wearing eye glasses and no beard), East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King (wearing red tie), newly elected Ward 1 Councilman Joe Jones (wearing gold tie), newly elected Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Jones (wearing goatee) and newly elected Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 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.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson beat longtime Councilman Zack Reed in a non-partisan runoff election Tuesday evening, the three-term Black mayor winning an unprecedented fourth term to continue his reign over the largely Black major American city, and  three sitting members of the 17-member Cleveland City Council lost.

 

The mayor and all of city council, nine White and eight of them Black, are all Democrats, though Tuesday's election brought on a Latino, making city council next year situated with eight Whites, eight Blacks, and one Latino.

 

Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt lost to former councilman Joe Jones, Ward 7 Councilman T.J. Dow lost to Basheer Jones, and Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins lost to Jasmin Santana, a Democrat and the only Latinio in the races for Cleveland City Council.

 

All three of the city council races at issue were close, Pruitt and Dow both losing by less than one percent, and Cummins taking a loss by about two percent.

 

Pruitt lost by eight votes and Dow lost by 13 votes, a recount of which is in progress for all three, Dow, Pruitt and Cummins, and expected to be concluded by Nov 28.

 

On-leave former Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr won against Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Michael Sliwinski in the closely watched Cleveland judicial race, a three-way race that also included Marlene Ridenour.

 

Jackson ally, City Council President Kevin Kelley, also won reelection with ease and will likely be chosen by his city council colleagues to continue on as council president, sources said yesterday

 

Jackson won with 60 percent of the vote to Reed's 40 percent, according to unofficial results of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

 

Reed came in second to Jackson in a primary election that drew nine total candidates, Jackson finishing the primary with 39 percent of the vote to Reed's 22 percent.

 

In East Cleveland, Mayor Brandon King, a Democrat who, by virtue of the city charter, stepped up to the position last year after voters recalled then mayor Gary Norton, easily defeated activist and Green Party candidate Devin Branch.  And East Cleveland Councilman Ernest Smith retained his seat.

 

The races for mayor in Cleveland and East Cleveland and for city council in Cleveland were among several races in Cuyahoga County, including suburban races for judge, council and mayor.

 

Longtime Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden lost to Martin Horwitz in a heated election, and University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, mayor since 2010, was  defeated by Michael Brennan, an attorney who has never held public office.

 

Brook Park Mayor Tom Coyne, a supporter of President Trump, also lost, voters saying they were just simply tired of Coyne.

 

Voter turnout was low in both Cleveland and East Cleveland and elsewhere, with only 30 percent of registered voters in  Cuyahoga County, which is roughly 29 percent Black, casting ballots.

 

But Tuesday's figure is greater than the voter turnout of a dismal 12.95 percent for the Sept 12 primary.

 

Both Cleveland and East Cleveland are Democratic strongholds in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, behind Franklin County, which includes the capital city of Columbus, Ohio's largest city, which is followed by Cleveland.

 

Jackson and Reed outdid mayoral candidate Councilman Jeff Johnson in the primary, who came in third and then announced his support of Reed, support that could not bring Reed over the hump to oust the popular Jackson, a former city council president endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, the majority of city council and a host of others.

 

Reed won the endorsement of the Cleveland Police Patromen's Association while Jackson garnered the endorsement from the fire fighters union

 

For judge-ships in Cleveland, in addition to Michael Nelson, who ousted Judge Sliwinski, judges Joe Zone, Pinkey Carr and Michelle Denise Earley ran unopposed, Judge Jimmy Jackson, a Republican, lost to Ann Clare Oakar, Republican Judge Janet Rath Colaluca lost to closet challenger Jazmin Torres -Lugo, and Sheila Turner McCall won an open seat over Lynn McLaughlin-Murray and Craig Willis.

 

Cleveland Housing Court Judge Ronald O'Leary, a Republican, held off Democrat W. Mona Scott to keep his judicial seat.

 

In closely watched judicial races in suburban Cleveland James Costello will replace retiring Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan, South Euclid Judge Gale Williams -Byers retained her seat, and controversial Lyndhurst Municipal Court Judge Mary Kaye Bozza lost her judicial seat to Dominic Coletta.

 

In the races for 17 seats on the largely White Cleveland City Council in which Blacks currently lead in the largely Black wards 1,2,4,5,6,7,9 and 10 there were no surprises other than losses by councilpersons Pruitt to Joe Jones, Dow to Basheer Jones, and Cummins to Jasmin Santana.

 

In Ward 2, the council seat held by outgoing Councilman Reed,  who chose to run for mayor and not reelection to city council, went to Kevin Bishop, who outdid Geoff Fitch.

 

Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston, a member of the 11-member Cuyahoga County Council, beat Eugene Miller, a former state representative and former city councilman who lost his council seat to Jeff Johnson in 2010 when city council was reduced from 19 seats to 17 via redistricting.

 

Ten people sought the Ward 10 council seat in the primary election, the city council race with the most crowded field of candidates in the primary.

 

Other Cleveland City Council winners were Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson, who won in a close election over Gail Sparks, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, Ward 11 Councilwoman Dona Brady, Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 16 Councilman Brian Kazy, and Ward 17 Councilman Martin Keane.

 

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On leave former Cleveland NAACP president Michael Nelson Sr accused of rape by woman who posted naked pictures of him on Faceook as he battles Judge Michael Sliwinski for a judicial seat on the Cleveland court, with Marlene Ridenour also a candidate

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Controversial on-leave president of the Cleveland NAACP Michael Nelson Sr., who took the leave of absence from the local Civil Rights organization to run for a seat on the 13 member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court, has been accused of rape as the Nov 7 general election nears and Nelson is a heated race with Judge Michael Sliwinsaki, a White Republican appointed by Gov Kasich to the seat to fill a vacancy on the court.

 

Also in the race is Marlene Ridenour, an East Cleveland assistant city prosecutor.

 

The alleged rape victim lives on the largely White west side of Cleveland and reportedly had been romantically involved with the single Nelson, allegedly posting naked pictures of Nelson that have since been taken down by Facebook, sources said.

 

The 46-year-old woman says in the police report that Nelson raped her on Oct 15.

 

Nelson has denied the rape allegation and said the woman is a scorned woman targeting him also for political reasons.

 

No charges have been filed to date, though police say the allegation is under investigation, police that have feuded with Nelson relative to his role as Cleveland NAACP president, Nelson, a criminal defense attorney, even suing Cleveland police and the city on behalf of the Cleveland NAACP in an excessive force case he was addressing.

 

Ridenour and Nelson, 68,  are both Black, and all three were among panelists at a forum this year for Cleveland mayor led by Black community activists that was moderated by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition and edits Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog

 

"News of the allegation of rape of the on leave former Cleveland NAACP president a week before a close race for a seat on the Cleveland Municipal Court has rocked Black and White Cleveland area political circles, and it has national implications relative to his role with the NAACP," said Coleman, who leads the Cleveland based grasssroots group Imperial Women Coalition."Rape is a very serious matter no matter what the stature is of the accused."

 

A Nov 3 story by Cleveland.com, the online affiliate of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, details the rape allegations in rare form, and both news venues have endorsed Sliwinski in the slug -fest race for the judicial seat with Nelson endorsed by the Cuyahoha County Democratic Party and several members of Cleveland City Council, among others.

 

Nelson also led a failed venture to recall Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who faces Councilman Zack Reed in a non-partisian mayoral run-off election Nov 7, both Jackson and Reed of whom are Black.

 

The rape allegation has cast a shadow over Nelson's  bid for judge, and puts the Cleveland NAACP, which Nelson led prior to the damning rape allegation, at risk as to it reputation for Civil Rights.

 

Attorney James Hardiman, also a criminal defense attorney, and Nelson's sidekick, now leads the Cleveland branch NAACP, and stepped up from first vice president when Nelson, president of the organization since an election in 2015, decided to seek a municipal level judgeship.

 

The woman said Nelson had her come over following an argument and that he raped her and shrugged his shoulders as he put his pants back on, and Nelson says she is a scorned lover.

 

A divorce,' Nelson has rekindled a relationship with his ex-wife, a key component of his campaign and who helped him spearhead a successful NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner this year, the first in several years. She is also embroiled in the controversy.

 

Nelson and Sliwinski have both campaigned heavily in the closely watched judicial race.

 

Cleveland is roughly 60 percent Black and has a population of some 385,000 people.

 

Nelson is also endorsed by famed Glenville High School football coach Ted Ginn Sr., who held a campaign fundraiser for Nelson at the downtown Cleveland dinner bar that he co-owns with RTA board member George Dixon dubbed G-Lancer on the 21, a takeoff of the now defunct but still legendary Lancer's Steak House restaurant and bar that Dixon owned and operated.

 

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