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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  four 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).

Impeach President Trump Cleveland rally and march: Black, other Cleveland activists, armed with 16 speakers, to rally for impeachment of President Trump at noon on July 2, 2017 in Cleveland at the Free Stamp next to Willard Park at Cleveland City Hall

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, Cleveland, Ohio- Cleveland activist groups, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc. and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, will rally beginning at noon on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Free Stamp at Willard Park next to Cleveland City Hall, a march in cooperation with some 25 other cities of which will follow to demand the Impeachment of President Donald Trump. (For more information call the Imperial Women Coalition at (216) 659-0473).


The groups say they are independent of Indivsible Cleveland, a largely White suburban group that these activists say ignores serious issues impacting the Black community that will rally also that day, all of the groups then marching in unison through the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


The issues that will be addressed, say organizers, include police killings of innocent Black people, healthcare,education, the legal system and mass incarceration, racism, violence against women and children, jobs, Civil Rights, voting rights and articles of impeachment relative to alleged malfeasance in office.


There will be 16 largely Black speakers representing groups, both Black and White alike, such as the National Black Panther Party, the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc., Black Lives Matter Cleveland, Clevelandurbannews.com, the Black Women's PAC, the Black Man's Army, Protecting Our Children's Safety, Rebuilding Our Village, the National Action Network Cleveland Chapter, the National Council of Negro Women Cleveland Chapter, Medina County Together, BEMAD, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Organize Ohio,, Badass Teachers, the Fairfax Business Assoc., and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com.


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:00

Cleveland mayoral and city council races of 2017: Councilman Reed, Eric Brewer, state Rep Patmon file petitions to run for Cleveland mayor by deadline, among others seeking to oust Mayor Jackson, and all council members face challengers

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The deadline for filing petitions to run this year for Cleveland mayor and for seats on city council was June 29, with incumbent mayor Frank Jackson facing a potential eight challengers, including councilmen Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, former councilman Bill Patmon, who is now a state representative, former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, and three White candidates who could complicate the Sept. 12 non-partisan primary, the two top vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 7 general election. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOR THE LIST OF 2017 CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

 

Only three candidates, Councilman Johnson, Brandon Chrostowski, who is White and an east side restaurant owner, and Dyrone Smith have been cleared to run for mayor to date by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, though others including three- term mayor Jackson, Reed,  and Patmon, all of them Black, will likely make the ballot, sources said yesterday.

 

In addition to Mayor Jackson, Reed, Jeff Johnson, Patmon, Smith, Brewer and Crostowski, the other two candidates are, like Chrostowski, White, and are Tony Madalone, and Republican Robert Kilo, who ran in 2009 and came in third behind Patmon, who lost to Jackson in the general election that year.

 

With so many Black candidates against a three-term Black incumbent mayor, a White candidate, either Chostowski, Madalone or Kilo, could win the non-partisan primary, history reveals.

 

The city charter requires 3,000 good signatures of registerd voters to make the ballot to run for mayor, and 200 for city council.

 

Cleveland, which is largely Black with a dwindling population of some 385,000 people, is the second most segregated city in the country behind Boston, the city divided by the Cuyahoga River with Blacks dominating the east side and Whites, the west side, the 17-member city council of which currently has nine White and eight Black members with all of the Blacks representing largely Black east side wards.

 

All 17 coucil membbers are Democrats in highly Democratic Cuyahoga County, the state's second largest county with a 29 percent Black population.

 

The eight Black council persons represent east side wards 1, 2, 4, 5. 6, 7, 9 and 10

 

All 15 of the 17 members of city council not running for mayor face opposition and a crowd of people are running for the Ward 2 council seat Reed is giving up to run for mayor.

 

The Ward 10 seat held by mayoral candidate Jeff Johnsonhas also drew a crowded field of candidates.

 

Those seeking Reed's council seat are Kevin Bishop, Azel Bolden, William Chris Daniel, Geoff Fitch, Carol Ford, Kenya Gray, Debra Lewis-Curlee and the Rev Tony Minor, with Gray, Ford, Daniel and Fitch certified to run, and others, many of whom filed petitions this week, are expected to make the ballot also.

 

And former Ward 10 councilman Eugene Miller, a Jackson ally who now works for the city and who lost the race to Jeff Johnson after redistricting reduced city council from 19 members to 17 in 2013, is running in Ward 10, as is Cuyahoga County Councilman Anthony Hairston, whom Jeff Johnson has tapped to replace him on council.

 

The others seeking the Ward 10 seat are Willie Lewis Britt, Teresa Floyd, Naomi Goolsby, Timothy Henry, Warren Ireland, Rico Dancy, perrenial canidate Freddie Moore, Nicole Wells, Annamaria Cora, and Victoria Trotter.

 

Of the aforementioned in Ward 10 Britt, Floyd, Goolsby, Hairston and Henry have been cleared to run, though Miller and others will likely make the ballot too, sources said yesterday

 

Other surprises in the city council races include former Ward 1 councilman Joe Jones, who, along with council candidate Kimberly Brown, hopes to unseat Terrell Pruitt, a Jackson ally.

 

All three of them have made the ballot.

 

Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, the former director of the Community Relations Board under Jackson whom city council appointed last month to replace the retiring Mamie Mitchell has drawn six challengers, excluding John Boyd, who lost to  Mitchell twice in previous elections.

 

The others seeking the Ward 6 seat are Lavitta Murray, S. Xavier Allen, Joshua Perkins McHamm, Alonzo Mitchell, Gary Sardon, and Dylan Sellers, a member of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, a watchdog group formed per the consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice for police reforms.

 

All but Allen and McHamm, who filed their petitions on Wednesday, have been certified for the ballot.

 

In Ward 7 Councilman T.J. Dow will face Basheer Jones, Mansfield Frazier, Demar Sheffy and Daniel Graves for sure, with Russ Gates the only one waiting for approval on his petitions.

 

In the less talked about races of Black council persons, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, the majority leader,  longtime Ward 4 councilman Kenneth Johnson. and Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell all face  challengers.

 

To date only Conwell has been cleared to run in the Ward 9 race for council.

 

Three others, Anthony Bolden Keith Hatten and Randy Willis, filed their petitions on the June 29 deadline date to run in Ward 9 and are awaiting possible approval for the ballot by the board of elections.

 

Councilwoman Cleveland filed her petitions June 28 for and is awaiting likely ballot approval, as are potential candidates Frank Kidd and Larry Wanzo, Richard Star of whom is the only one certified in Wardv 5 so far.

 

Councilman Kenneth Johnson is facing seven possible Ward 4 opposition candidates as well as write -in candidate Dontez Taylor.

 

They are Nzogi Adigew, Julie Donaldson, Cecil Ekechukwu, Arnold Shurn, Gail Sparks, Roland Mitchell and LaShorn Caldwell, all but Caldwell, who filed petitions June 29,  of whom have been certified to date for the ballot and the Sept 13 primary election.

 

 

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 July 2017 22:33

Trump wins a partial victory by the U.S. Supreme Court on his travel ban: Cleveland activist Debbie Kline says immigrants are now afraid to speak out....Kline once called the travel ban "racist".....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of clevelandurbannews.com

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C- A limited version of President Donald Trump's travel ban is legal and ripe to take immediate effect, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday.


The court ruled also that it would hear the entire case in October, both measures a major victory for the Trump presidency.


The court said Monday that a limited 120-day ban on refugees and the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Syria could be enforced immediately, a stipulation being that the visitors must show that the have established a bonafide relationship with a U.S. entity or person.


The ruling reverses, in part, lower appellate court rulings that deemed the travel ban unconstitutional and otherwise illegal in its entirety.


And the decision comes as a shock to some, but not to others, the high court becoming more conservative under a Trump presidency compared to his predecessor, Barack Obama,


Justices Clarence Thomas, an ultra-conservative and the only Black on the court, Samuel Alito, also a conservative, and Neil Gorsuch,a Trump nominee who won appointment by the senate this year amid opposition from women's rights groups and left-wing opponents, dissented relative the delay, the trio of justices saying the entire travel ban is legal, in their opinion, and that the majority should have simply ruled that way.


And as Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who will lean moderate, prepares to retire, the Democrats could lose even more clout on the Supreme Court bench, pundits say.


President Trump said the portions of the travel ban determined legal on Monday will now take effect on Thursday, June 29, or 72 hours after Monday's controversial court ruling.


The unprecedented court decision did not come without a fight, immigrant support groups across the nation that have led protests over Trump's travel ban saying Monday that some immigrants are afraid, and will not even speak out anymore.


They [greater Cleveland immigrants] are not speaking out because many of them are afraid," said Debbie Kline, a White activist and Cleveland resident who leads Cleveland Jobs with Justice, and who has organized rallies with other greater Cleveland immigrant support leaders for greater Cleveland immigrants relative to a travel ban they say is extrinsically "racist."


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 04:29

Congresswoman Fudge denounces vandalism at abortion clinic in Shaker Heights as the Heartbeat Bill is reintroduced in the Ohio state legislature, a bill that makes abortion illegal in Ohio as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is rallying for Preterm Cleveland Ohio after its key abortion clinic on Shaker Heights Boulevard, the only one in both Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, was recently vandalized and allegations of outside intimidation of abortion clinic patients have again surfaced, this controversy taking center stage as the Republican controlled Ohio state legislature revisits the controversial "Heartbeat Bill." (Editor's note: State Rep. Christina Hagan, an Alliance Republican and the bill's primary sponsor, reintroduced the bill two weeks ago).

 

HB 493, had it not been vetoed by Gov John Kasich in  2016, would have made abortion illegal in Ohio as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.

 

It is also a politically volatile bill, given that Ohio remains a pivotal state for presidential elections, no Democrat since John F. Kennedy winning the White House without first winning Ohio, and no Republican of remembrance.

 

"I am appalled by vandalism and patient intimidation and harassment at Preterm Ohio," said Fudge of the attack on the Preterm abortion clinic. "Every woman deserves the right to make decisions that are best for her and her family and Preterm provides the much needed care to women of Northeast Ohio and serves as an advocate for women across our state and nation."

 

Preterm Ohio, in Cleveland, which is the largest abortion clinic in Ohio and is led by Chrisse France, who was appointed to her post last year and is the organization's first ever executive director, issued a statement saying some 10 windows had been broken at its building over a three-month period by a vandal that has returned repeatedly but that the organization "won't back down."

 

The vandal is caught on camera as late as Sunday, June 21, smashing a window.

 

Abortion advocates say the legislative intrusion via the Heartbeat Bill and the constitutional right for women to seek abortions free from harassment at Preterm or elsewhere go hand-in-hand.

 

Last December Kasich, a Republican governor and 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president, vetoed House Bill 493, better known at the Heartbeat Bill, proposed legislation, introduced repeatedly, and fueled by President Trump's election win last November over Hillary Clinton, the pro- choice Democratic nominee.

 

Women's rights groups and most Democratic leaders across the nation vehemently oppose the bill in any form, and all like it, including bill introduced in Republican led state legislatures nationwide, supporters hoping that this time, in Ohio, the fourth attempt at getting the bill to become state law, is the charm.

 

Kasich said he vetoed the Heartbeat Bill last year because it is unconstitutional, and would likely be overturned by a higher court, a view supported by constitutional scholars.

 

A Warrensville Heights Democrat and licensed attorney, Fudge, though a federal legislator, is against the Heartbeat  Bill and any inkling of Ohio's state legislature trampling on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States.

 

Congresswoman Fudge, who is  Black and one of two Blacks in congress from OhIO, along with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Columbus, does not back down easily either on public policy matters that she holds dear.

 

Her largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs

 

The federal lawmaker said that Preterm Ohio is crucial to protecting abortion rights, and thus, women's rights.

 

 

.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 15:58

East Cleveland mayor's race draws five official candidates for the September 12, 2017 primary election, and two people did not make the ballot, the general election of which is November.....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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Pictured are official candidates for the 2017 Sept. 12 East Cleveland mayoral primary of Mayor Brandon King (wear blue suit and no eye glasses), Una H.R. Keenon, Mansell Baker (eraing blue suit and eye glasses) and Devin Branch (wearing brown suit) (Not pictured-Dana Hawkins Jr.). The deadline for filing petitions for the Sept. 12 primary ballot has passed and the general election is Nov. 7, all candidates but Branch of whom are Democrats, and Branch running as a Green Party candidate, which will pit him against the winner of the primary election for the November general election. No Republican took out petitions to run for mayor in the 99 percent Black and impoverished city, a Cleveland suburb on the verge of financial collapse that is known for its colorful politicians, tenacious leaders, and political infighting

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-The 2017 race for East Cleveland mayor has drawn five official candidates, namely Mayor Brandon King, Una H.R. Keenon, who is president of the East Cleveland Board of Education, former councilman Mansell Baker, Dana Hawkins Jr, and activist Devin Branch.

 

A retired East Cleveland judge and vice president and former vice president of the Black Women's Political Action Committee of greater Cleveland, Keenon is the most seasoned of the five candidates, all of whom are Black.

 

No Republican took out petitions for the highly talked about mayoral race.

 

Korean Stevenson and Kari Oatman, 32, articulate, and a political neophyte, did not make the ballot after coming up short for the 50 required signatures, a Cuyahoga County Board of Elections spokesperson said.

 

The deadline to file petition signatures for the Sept 12 primary has passed, all but Branch of whom are Democrats, and Branch running as a Green Party candidate, a move that will pit him against the primary winner for the Nov. 7 general election.

 

Branch collected the signatures for the successful effort last year to recall former mayor Gary Norton and former council president Thomas Wheeler, both of them King allies, and King stepping up as mayor per the city charter.

 

Branch was appointed to city council last December but subsequently removed by King via a still pending dispute.

 

He was exonerated of a misdemeanor charge that he assaulted Norton.

 

East Cleveland is a 99 percent Black impoverished Cleveland suburb and has roughly 18,000 residents.

 

The city has a median household income of $20,000, is a Democratic stronghold, and is on the verge of financial collapse.

 

Kay campaign issues, say political pundits, include the environment and a controversial toxic dump, jobs, housing and street repairs, and a possible merger with the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, a city with some 385,000 people, and some of the same problems such a  failing schools, poverty, and political infighting.

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.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.


Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 09:46

Ohio law on seeking possible removal of a municipal court judge in a case for bias or conflict via the filing of an affidavit of prejudice takes authority to decide from chief Cuyahoga County Presiding Judge John Russo, other chief common pleas judges in

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Pictured is Cuyahoga County Presiding and Administative Judge John Russo

 

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-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 3.6 million Google Plus views



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).


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 diqualification 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 34 member 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.


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, and state appellate court judges, 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 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 often 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.


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 Monday, 26 June 2017 01:49

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



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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