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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).

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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
march in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan 20, 2018. Clevelandurbannews.comKathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com
To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

Kathy Wray Coleman to testify before the Cleveland Truth Commission on poverty on her 3-month experience in the Cuyahoga County Jail at 10 am on October 14, 2017, the activist and journalist of whom was illegally arrested at the RNC in Cleveland last year

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ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog 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 activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured), among others, will give testimony before a community panel of the Cleveland Truth Commission on Poverty, Colemans slated to testify on poverty, police brutality, prosecutorial and judicial malfeasance, the heroin and opiate epidemic, racism, sexism and other matters relative to the legal system in Cuyahoga County at 10 am on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at the Franklin Circle Christian Church in Cleveland, 1688 Fulton Road on the city's west side. For more information call Larry Bresler of Organize Ohio at 216-651-2606. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE CLEVELAND TRUTH COMMISSION ON POVERTY'S OCTOBER 14, 2017 EVENT

 

Comprised primarily of activists and anti-poberty advocates the truth commission is not an official venue, but it has clout, and influence.


Hundreds are expected to attend, organizers said Wednesday.


The public forum, which is scheduled to conclude at 4 pm, will include five -minute testimonals from individuals on poverty as it relates to the judicial system, health care, housing, education, and the environment, and is hosted by  greater Cleveland activist groups that are listed further on in this article.

 

"We invite the community to this powerful public event on poverty and the obstacles poor people face on a regular basis," said Don Bryant, a community activist who leads the greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, and a key organizer of the forum.


Others will testify on various issues, including a Black woman whose son was killed in prison.


Coleman is a former 14-year public school biology teacher who leads the Cleveland based -Imperial Women Coalition and who trained as a journalist at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland for 17 years before becoming the editor at ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog. She has an undergraduate degree in biology, two master's degrees, and was all but dissertation with a straight A record at the University of Akron in its doctoral program. She was arbitrarily arrested at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July in what she says is retaliation for her activism and writings and for leading community activists in a protest at the RNC on Public Square that day against police killings of Black people and violence against women .


She was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and has pleaded not guilty and wants a trial  by jury, though the speedy trial time has expired, data show, and her attorney in the case, Scott Hurley, refuses to move to dismiss the case, allegedly saying he is angry because she will not agree to be quiet on public corruption matters, all while refusing to withdraw from the case.


The case is before Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton, a former city councilman, whom she says is stalking her and was handpicked to harass her by outgoing chief judge Ronald Adrine, after judges Michelle Earley, Lauren Moore and Pinkey Carr all withdrew as judges in the case, allegedly because they were asked to fix the case for City Hall, and others.


She said that Attorney Hurley, who is White, is an assistant public defender who operates for the establishment and the prosecution indirectly, and is indicative of how indigent counsel work against the best interest of poor people and Black people.  He has repeatedly threatened her, she says, and has had secret exparte meetings with Judge Patton in alleged violation of the Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility.


Following her arrest at the RNC last year, she was jailed for three months in the Cuyahoga County Jail without bond, after her bond was paid where she said she did an extensive investigation on issues ranging from ineffective assistance of counsel to poor people, to fraudulent and fixed indictments on criminal charges against innocent Black people, excessive bonds, law enforcement abuse, racism, sexism,  judicial corruption, the heroin and opiate epidemic, and prosecutorial malfeasance.


"Poor people, women, Blacks and others are at risk by a legal system in our county of Cuyahoga, in municipal, common pleas and other courts, and in our country that is broken across the continuum and is a detriment to the survival of the Black community," said Coleman. "No justice. No peace."

 

Cuyahoga County includes Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black. It is the second largest county in Ohio, and a Democratic stronghold.


Coleman says she has been under attack for years for her activism and writings, the most recent threats being that she will be illegally arrested and jailed unless she agrees not  to lead the annual anniversary rally of the Imperial Murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue by serial killer Anthony Sowell, which is scheduled for 3 pm on Oct 29 at 12205 in front of where Sowell's home once stood. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE 8-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMPERIAL AVENUE MURDERS RALLY AND VIGIL


Coleman said the Imperial Avenue Murders rally, which she has led for the past seven years, all but one year, will go forward with or without her leadership, though she will be there if not jailed per the initiative of corrupt Cleveland City Hall officials, racist cops, judges like Judge Charles Patton, and other scumbag politicians, both Black and White alike, who have wno scruples.

 

Affiliated activist groups as to the aforementioned poverty forum are as follows:

 

Cleveland Jobs with Justice

Cleveland Move to Amend
Cleveland Peace Action
Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
For Our Future
Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network
Homeless Congress
InterReligious Task Force on Central America
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
NOBLE

Organize! Ohio
Peace in the Hood
Single Payer Action Network of Ohio
Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog 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 Friday, 13 October 2017 16:08

Ohio Supreme Court rules that evidence from a suspect's home from police who break-in unannounced is admissible if police have a search warrant

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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-COLUMBUS, Ohio — The  Ohio Supreme Court, on Tuesday,  upheld the use of evidence obtained by police who enter a residence unannounced while executing a search warrant, distinguishing between entering property unannounced with a search warrant and entering property unannounced without a search warrant, the latter of which remains illegal and a violation of the 4th amendment.  (CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE OHIO SUPREME COURT TO VIEW THE PUBLIC DOCKET IN THE CASE).

At issue was a 2012 search in suburban Youngstown,  a city some 60 miles southeast of Cleveland and in the county seat of Mahoning County that is roughly 45 percent Black, and a drug investigation where police broke down the house door where two suspects resided and did not announce they had a search warrant.

The court said in its 6-1 decision in State vs Bembry that the "knock-and-announce" principle is applicable only in situations where police illegally enter a property without a search warrant and the affiliated protections do not extend to situations in which police, with a search warrant, barge into the residence of a suspect unannounced.


The court's ruling reverses the 7th District Court of Appeals that granted a motion to suppress evidence in the case based upon the defendants' argument that the home intrusion by Boardman police violated the 4th Amendment.

Their attorneys argued that the evidence obtained by police in that raid, in fact violated the 4th amendment's protection against illegal search and seizure.


Ohio's high court disagreed.

Writing for the majority, Justice William O'Neil, said in the courts opinion that evidence secured even when police break into a property unannounced is admissible if police have a search warrant, a blow to the Black community that is constantly dealing with police excessive force matters and other undemocratic measures.


O'Neil said that the law is well-settled that the exclusionary rule does not apply to violations of the "knock-and-announce rule. ”

The seven- member high court is all White and majority Republican, Justice O'Neil the only Democrat among six Republicans in a court led by Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a former lieut. governor.


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 Friday, 17 November 2017 21:05

Family of Luke Stewart, a Black man killed by a White Euclid, Ohio cop, sues city, cop, the city's mayor, and others....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper

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Pictured is Euclid police fatal shooting victim Luke Stewart

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- The family of 23-year-old Luke Stewart, a Black man killed by a Euclid, Ohio cop in March, has filed an excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit against the city, the cop that killed him and a host of other defendants, including the city's mayor, Kirsten Holzheimer Gail


The suit says in relevant part that Rhodes was unnecessarily beaten by officer Matthew Rhodes, tased and fatally shot, simply because he tried to drive away from cops that approached him while he was asleep in a parking lot.

 

Rhodes was not indicted by a  largely White grand jury for fatally shooting Stewart, who was unarmed and Black, which is routine in Cuyahoga County, from the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police in 2014 to a host of other Cleveland police killings in the past five years, including Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, and aspiring rapper Kenneth Smith.


Led by Black Lives Matter Cleveland, activists temporarily shut down a Euclid City Council meeting this summer after city council and the mayor ignored their concerns relative to what they say is clearly excessive force by police.

 

"That was my son and we want justice," said Stewart's mother, Mary Stewart, to ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman at the city council sit-in rally last Monday at Euclid City Hall.

 

His sister, Tierra Stewart, told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that "we need officer Mathew Rhodes off the streets."

 

Euclid is a middle class Cleveland suburb of some 50,000 residents that is roughly 26 percent Black.

 

An attorney for the Stewart family said that the young man's family members had hoped grand jury proceedings would be fair, but to no avail.

 

The office of Ohio Attorney General Mile DeWine, who, among others, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year, handled the investigation and presented the case to the grand jury after Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley passed on investigating the matter, partly because of political implications, sources said.

 

O'Malley ousted then county prosecutor Tim McGinty in an election last year and campaigned, in part, on his posture that the office of the Ohio attorney general investigate such controversial shootings by police, although it is also within his job purview to take such cases before grand juries.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:26

Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur and Maxine Waters sponsor bill that will shut down banks that abuse customers, a bill called the Megabanks and Accountability Consequences Act.... Waters, who is Black, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump

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Pictured are Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (wearing light blue suit) and California 43rd Congressional District Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Kaptur is the longest serving woman in congress and Waters is the longest serving Black woman in congress

 

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CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM- WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur,

a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district extends to Cleveland, on Wednesday, joined ranking member of the Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, to introduce the Megabanks Accountability and Consequences Act. READ A DETAILED SUMMARY OF THE BILL BY CLICKING HERE


The bill empowers the federal banking oversight bodies to wind down megabanks that have engaged in repeated violations of the law and harmed consumers.


"The American people have been asking congress to step up and rein in abusive megabanks that thwart our laws in order to make a quick profit on the backs of the American people," said Kaptur in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog. "I am proud to join ranking member Waters and stand up for ordinary people who are fed up with the abuses of these big banks who were complicit in the 2008 economic crisis that ravaged our economy."


The longest serving woman in congress and a House of Representatives member since 1983, Kaptur said the bill has real teeth, including federal banking oversight parameters, and the ability to "shut down banks that engage in illegal abuse."

 

It would also subject officers of scandal-ridden big banks and mortage companies like Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase Bank and Bank of America to civil and criminal penalities.


In order to become law the bill must pass both chambers of congress and, absent a successful veto, secure the signature of President Trump, a corporate-leaning Republican who edged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win the presidency last November.


Waters, who is the longest serving Black woman in congress, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, whom she says is racist, and needs to be impeached. The federal legislator out of Los Angeles spoke to a packed audience of Black leaders and elected officials and community activists in May at G-Lancer on the 21 on the east side of Cleveland and urged them to take to the streets relative to Trump's policies, an event where she was introduced by Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, who 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. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE VISIT TO CLEVELAND BY CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS AT KATHYWRAYCOLEMANONLINENEWSBLOG.COM

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 October 2017 05:14

Thousands of Black women march on Washington on September 30, 2017, calling out the names of Black women subjected to heinous violence as well as citing statistics that show that Black women remain at risk in comparison White women

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.-Thousands of Black

women and their supporters marched on Washington, D.C. on Saturday,  a march led by Black women and sponsored by the Black Women’s Blueprint, Black Youth Project 100 and Trans Sisters of Color Project.


Black female victims of violence, punctuated by a chant of “Say her name!” were cited as women linked arms in solidarity.


President Donald Trump did not escape scrutiny, the Black women saying that Trump's policies are disenfranchising Black women and the Black community, and erasing decades of Civil Rights gains.


A separate rally dubbed a March for Racial Justice was also held that morning, the two groups then marching in solidarity to Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill, and then to the Justice Department and to the National Mall.


More than 20 related marches for racial justice were scheduled to take place around the country, the Black women's march held separately because their leaders said issues impacting Black women must be addressed, and in an independent manner.

“It’s difficult getting the issues specific to black women and girls centered within the racial justice movement of this nation,” Farah Tanis, the co-founder and co-executive director of the Black Women’s Blueprint, told The Root.


“Also, 50 to 60 percent of black girls are sexually assaulted, but people have a hard time believing this even though they know historically, we have endured rape and have been enforced to endure generations of rape,” she continued. “Black kids are born to poor black mothers. How do you not see that as a racial-justice issue?”


More than 77,000 Black women and girls are missing in the United States, data show.


And statistics are alarming in practically every arena that reveal that Black women and girls remain at risk in comparison to White women and girls, from mass incarceration to education, job inequality, malicious prosecution, police brutality, healthcare, murder, rape, and other heinous crimes of violence. And the list goes on.


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.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:44

O.J. Simpson released from prison after 9 years, his 9-to-33-year sentence viewed by some, mainly Blacks, as excessive, and pay back for his acquittal in 1995 on charges he murdered ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her associate, Ron Goldman

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-Legendary former pro football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson was released from prison on parole early Sunday morning after serving nine years of a nine -to-33-year sentence for kidnapping and robbery, a sentenced handed down in 2008 and viewed by some, mainly Blacks, as excessive and pay back for his acquittal as a Black man in 1995 on charges he gruesomely murdered White ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her associate, Ronald Goldman, 25, who was Jewish but could pass for White.

According to public records, Simpson will reside in a gated community at a friend's home in Las Vegas.

 

The robbery and kidnapping case was far different than the football legend's infamous trial in the 90s when he was 48, and still good looking, and accused of stabbing Brown Simpson and Goldman to death in 1994 at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home.


Simpson, 70, won his celebrated capital murder case, which further divided America along racial lines, in a California courtroom, a not guilty verdict rendered by a majority Black jury after then Los Angeles detective Mark Furhman was called out on the stand for tainting evidence and using the N-word.


He won with the late Johnny Cochran as his lawyer, and via a legal team, led by Cochran, that was famously dubbed "the dream team."

The brilliant Cochran, famous for winning record breaking excessive force and police brutality lawsuits against Los Angeles police and the city, died of of a brain tumor in 2005.

 

The motive for the killings, said prosecutors at trial, was jealousy.


Simpson claimed he was innocent, and the jury agreed.


With a pair of gloves that Simpson was accused by the prosecution of wearing to commit the murders as the focal point, gloves that would not fit Simpson's hands during a defense demonstration at trial during testimony by Simpson, coupled with Cochran's famous words to the jury that "if it don't fit acquit," Cochran won Simpson's freedom from conviction on double murder charges with penalties that carried a death sentence.


Hardly could he imagine, though, that his famous client would later score nine years in prison, in part because of backlash relative to an unrelated criminal case that he helped him win decades earlier.


What a difference a lawyer makes.


Following his acquittal, Simpson lost a $33 million wrongful death civil judgment to the families of Brown Simpson and Goldman,


Some pundits say the once arrogant Simpson could never overcome the stigma of charges he murdered his White ex-wife and Goldman, Simpson adding fuel to the fire by continuing to date White women after his 1995 acquittal, which became his undoing in a racially divided country where racism is still alive and and bi-racial marriage is not yet as acceptable as one might expect.

And Cochran was dead and long gone when Simpson met his fate nine years ago before a majority White and largely female 12-member jury in a Las Vegas courtroom on the robbery and kidnapping charges, charges stemming from a 2007 confrontation with a memorabilia dealer that Simpson said was scamming him, Simpson the ring leader but not the one with the gun used for intimidation, the other defendants, all part of his entourage the day the crimes were committed, taking plea deals to avoid prison in exchange for turning evidence for the state against Simpson.

Though he did not testify in that case he said at a later hearing that he went to "go get his stuff," and that his defense attorney, Yale Galanter, allegedly did not tell him of a plea deal.


Simpson won the Heisman Trophy as a ballplayer at college at USC.

 

He played most of his 10-year NFL career with the Buffalo Bills after being drafted in the first round in 1969 and was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in his hometown toward the end of his career, where he played for two more years.


He went to the Pro Bowl five times, and was the NFL's most valuable player in 1973.


When he retired from the pro-football league in 1979 he was second on the NFL's all time rushing list, and is now at 22, behind 21 others, including Emmett Smith, who holds first place, and Walter, who follows in second place.


His good looks brought him lucrative post-NFL advertising contracts with companies such Hertz Rent a Car, and stunts as a C-list actor.


Simpson has four grown children, two of them, Arnelle and Jason, with first wife Marguerite Simpson, who was Black and his high school sweetheart, and two, Sydneey and Justin, with Brown Simpson, whom he met when she was a waitress.


A fifth child, Aaren, whom he had with Marguerite, died in 1979 at two-years-old in the family's swimming pool.

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.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 October 2017 19:14

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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