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Activists to picket Cleveland judge Charles Patton for denying poor Blacks charged with resisting arrest of Cleveland police indigent counsel and retaliating with illegal capius warrants and $15,000 bonds after the speedy trial time has expired

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Pictured is Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Blacks accused of crimes by White Cleveland cops and the city of Cleveland, such as a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, are being denied indigent counsel in the courtroom of Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton, a former Cleveland councilman who is Black and, according to public records, is then allegedly harassing the Black defendants, especially those that have complained about him via the filing of an affidavit of prejudice with Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor to seek his disqualification from hearing the cases. (Editor's note: Judge Patton has been handpicked by chief and retiring judge Ron Adrine to preside over the cases after Black female judges Pinkey Carr, Lauren Moore and Michelle Earley recused themselves, Patton the handpicked henchman to represent the interest of the city of Cleveland in the cases, with corrupt cops and unethical city prosecutors that are trampling upon the defendants' legal rights also at his disposal).


Greater Cleveland community activists are in the process of planning a peaceful picket against Patton as to his alleged malfeasance, and relative to the ongoing mistreatment of Blacks and others across racial lines in the municipal and common pleas courts of Cuyahoga County, activists saying that the high-tech lynching of the Black community and other disenfranchised groups by a legal system in dire need of repair must cease.

"I'm tired and offended and feel that it is time to picket judges who continually harass Black people and Judge Patton has a history of this type of egregious behavior," said Alfred Porter Jr., president of the Cleveland-based grassroots group Black on Black Crime Inc.

Porter said the picket will likely occur the last week in September at the Justice Center in Cleveland where Patton's courtroom is located.

Also in the cases at issue, the speedy trial time has expired, public records show, requiring dismissal of the cases, which has allegedly angered the sometimes incoherent Patton, escalating his harassment of the Black defendants, sources said.

O'Connor has the authority under state law to disqualify Patton and other Ohio judges from hearing cases for prejudice or a conflict of interest, including other municipal judges, and common pleas and appellate judges, this by granting an affidavit of prejudice, which must be filed and sworn to by a party to a case in an inferior court, or by his or her attorney of record, at least seven days before the next hearing before the judge in question.

The 13-member Cleveland Municipal Court is a largely Black court and its judges hear traffic and misdemeanor cases, and civil cases with damages sought below $15,000.

And the judges, like other municipal court judges in Ohio, hold preliminary hearings in felony cases brought initially in their courts, cases that may or may not be subsequently bound over to the common pleas court for possible indictments, or dismissed at the municipal court level..

They do not, however, have jurisdiction to hear felony cases.


On any given Monday, practically all you see are Black defendants in the Cleveland Municipal Court, Cleveland of which is about 58 percent Black.


And bondsmen are getting rich off of the Black community with help from Patton, and several other judges, and via illegal and exorbitant bonds, due process and fair play be dammed.

At least one of the indigent Black defendants told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com that she does not feel safe appearing alone and without an attorney in court before the harassing Judge Patton and has watched him mistreat Black defendants that come before him, including angrily throwing one in jail for 30 days for questioning the time period for paying a fine and court cost.

Court records reveal that Patton, a Democrat on the municipal court bench since 2006, is on a row in retaliating against those that complain about his courtroom tactics, such as demeaning poor Black people who cannot pay the high court costs and fines, and issuing illegal capius warrants and exorbitant bonds of $15,000 against Blacks that miss a pretrial even after their attorneys appear before him on their behalf after telling their clients they are not on certain occasions required to attend pretrials. And this occurs even if the judge has not summoned them to appear, the activity of which sources say is unconstitutional and a possible violation of the Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Conduct and the Ohio Judicial Code of Conduct, among other authorities. (Editor's note: When attorneys appear for pretrials on behalf of the Black defendants that are lucky enough to have representation and in their client's absence at times as lawyers for White defendants frequently do, Patton and the clerk's office refuse to document such on the public case docket to suggest that neither the defendant nor his or her counsel appeared. Then he will issue a capius warrant and exorbitant bond against the Black defendant if Cleveland big wigs and city prosecutors and police urge him to do so, say sources, and in vivid retaliation for affidavits of prejudice filed against him with the Ohio Supreme Court).

Some of the retaliation, say sources, is political in an election year for Cleveland mayor and Cleveland City Council, and the Black defendants at issue are often targets of public corruption by elected officials of Cleveland, police, and others for speaking out on issues of public concern from police murders of Black people to racism, sexism and housing discrimination against the Black community.

White defendants accused of crimes that appear before Judge Patton are not treated in a similar fashion, their high-paid attorneys often appearing on their behalf before Patton in their absence, and with ease and no harassment of their clients by the runaway judge.

A ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com investigation also reveal that in at least one of those cases of Judge Patton's documented and unprecedented harassment of his own Black people,  cases which are not specially mentioned herein to protected the identities of the harassed Black defendants  due to documented retaliation against them, he is falsifying the case docket with operatives of the Cleveland Clerks of Court office to remove arbitrary pretrial orders from the records, orders issued while an affidavit of prejudice was pending against him in the Ohio Supreme Court. ( Editor's note: In at least one instance a representative of Cleveland municipal Court Clerk of Court Earle B Turner was forced to revise a case docket manipulation by an office employee to remove a pretrial order by Judge Patton, an illegal order for the Black defendant to appear before him while an affidavit of prejudice filed against him was pending in the Ohio Supreme Court).

Ohio Revised Codes (Ohio state law) 2701.031 allows for the disqualification of municipal court judges in Ohio from cases for bias or a conflict of interest in conjunction with the granting of an affidavit of prejudice by Chief Justice O'Connor, and once the clerk of the Ohio Supreme court accepts the affidavit for filing, the judge complained of cannot take substantive actions such as court orders for the parties to the case, including defendants in criminal proceedings, to appear before him or her while the investigation is pending.

Judges that have done so have frequently been subsequently suspended by the state's high court, if the victim of the harassment filed a complaint with the bar.

"The judge [Cleveland Judge Charles Patton] should not be issuing pretrial orders while he is under investigation," an Ohio Supreme Court clerk employee told ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog.

Per an amendment in 2009 by the Ohio lawmakers of the aforementioned disqualification of a municipal court judge in Ohio, the chief judge of Ohio common pleas courts had authority to decide the granting of denying of an affidavit of disqualification of the municipal judge, that authority of which now rest with Chief Justice O'Connor at the Ohio Supreme Court level.

O'Connor is a powerful and popular Republican, and a former Lieut. governor.

Hence, O'Connor now decides such affidavits and not Cuyahoga County Administrative and Presiding Judge John Russo, the chief judge of the 34-member largely White general division court, who, before the change in the state law, decided affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges in Cuyahoga County in Ohio, authority of which he seemingly abused, often denying such affidavits regardless of the merits, and no matter the severity of the prejudice by the judge against the complaining party.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 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 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:47

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur endorses former congresswoman Betty Sutton for Ohio governor as Jerry Springer rallies with unions in Cleveland for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and considers a run for Ohio governor....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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Pictured are former Ohio congresswoman and Democratic candidate for Ohio governor Betty Sutton (wearing Black suit), Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland, and famed television host Jerry Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor and Democrat who is considering a run for Ohio governor and who rallied on Labor Day in Cleveland with unions fighting for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Cleveland

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 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 -U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose 9th congressional district extends to Cleveland, on Monday endorsed former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, a Democrat running for Ohio governor in a crowded field of both Democrats and Republicans.


"You know her work," said Kaptur, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1983 and the longest serving woman in congress. "Be ready for Betty."


A Barberton Democrat and the youngest of six children, Sutton. 54, is, to date, among four Democrats seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, all of them running to replace the term-limited Gov. John Kasich, a popular governor and a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president whose second four-year term ends in 2019.


The others are state Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, and former state senator Connie Pillich.


Famed television host Jerry Stringer of the "Jerrt Springer Show,"  a former Cincinnati mayor who rallied in Cleveland on Labor Day in support of unions and their fight for $15-an-hour  minimum wage in Cleveland, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, are also considering a gubernatorial run as Democrats. (Editor's note: Springer's vist to Cleveland was sponsored by Raise Up Cleveland and SEIU, among other progressive groups)


Sutton served in congress from 2007 to 2012, losing that year to Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and following the loss of two congressional seats in Ohio per an every-10-years redistricting map adopted by the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly.


That same year Kaptur beat then U.S. Rep Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland after they were forced to run against east other per the loss of the other congressional seat.

 

Republicans hold 12 of Ohio's 16 congressional seats.


Renacci is among those seeking the Republican nomination for governor, and could face Sutton again, but in a statewide race to lead the pivotal state of Ohio as opposed to a fight for a congressional seat.

 

The former federal lawmaker and loyal Democrat who represented Ohio's 13th congressional district, Sutton sponsored several bills while in congress, including the Protect Consumers Act of 2009, the Josh Miller HEARTS Act, the Contractor Accountability Act, and the Disability Equity Act, which, had it passed, would have eliminated the five-month waiting period currently in place for Social Security disability benefits


She was a key House architect of the American Clean Energy Act, which passed the House of Representatives in 2009 but stalled in the U.S. Senate.


Sutton was a member of the all female, bi-partisan women's baseball team created by former DNC chair and fellow House member Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).


She was appointed by the White House in 2013 as an administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, a government-owned agency headquartered in Washington, D.C.that operates and maintains the U.S. portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:04

Congresswoman Fudge to lead annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Labor Day parade and festival in Cleveland on September 4, 2017 where the late former congresspersons Louis Stokes and Stephanie Tubbs Jones will be remembered

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Pictured are Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (wearing blue-green suit jacket) as well as the late former congresspersons of the 11th congressional district, Louis Stokes, the first Black congressperson from Ohio, and Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first Black female congressperson from Ohio. Both Stokes and Tubbs Jones will be remembered at the 11th Congressional District Caucus 46th Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival on Monday, Sept 4, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio, an event that Fudge, a Warrenville Heights Democrat and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, will lead

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, will lead the 46th Annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade and Festival on Labor Day in Cleveland on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.


The theme of this year's gathering is "Empowering Our People," an opportune theme that comes as Civil Rights and Human Rights gains are dwindling away under a Trump administration and a relatively conservative United States Supreme Court.


It might not be as exciting as last year when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost the in the general election to now president Donald Trump, was a special guest, but organizers say it should be thoroughly enjoyable.


The parade kicks off on Cleveland's largely Black east side at 10:30 am from East 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic and festival will begin with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including marching bands.


Vendors will be on hand also, as will political wannabe's in an election year for Cleveland mayor and all 17 up-for-grabs Cleveland City Council seats, which are among some elections for Cleveland judge seats and offices for mayor, city judge and others seats across Cuyahoga County.


The parade and festival were initiated 46 years ago by Democrat Louis Stokes, the late former congressman before Fudge and prior to the the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudge's predecessor and Stokes' successor.


A Civil Rights attorney and the older brother and only sibling of the late Carl B. Stokes, a former city judge, New York anchorman and the first Black mayor of the largely Black city of Cleveland and of a major American city,  Louis Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones, also a Democrat and former county prosecutor and prior common pleas judge,  was the first Black female congresswoman from Ohio.


Both Louis Stokes and Tubbs Jones will be remembered during a special ceremony at the Labor Day event on Monday, organizers said.


"It is important to carry on the tradition of Lou and Carl Stokes," said state Rep Bill Patmon, and a former city councilperson and mayoral candidate this year, among others, including incumbent mayor Frank Jackson, Councilmen Jeff Johnson and  Zack Reed, Tony Madalone, former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, Dyrone Smith, Brandon Chrostowski, and Robert Kilo.


Patmon said that the legacies of the Stokes brothers are unmatchable, and that Jones and Fudge also have impeccable credentials, Fudge having led the Democratic National Convention in Philadephia last year, and like Louis Stokes, a former leader of the Congressional Black Caucus.


Rep. Fudge is also a former Warrensville Heights mayor and past national president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio along with U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Columbus Democrat.


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Last Updated on Monday, 04 September 2017 21:15

Cuyahoga County grand jury refuses to indict the Euclid, Ohio cop that gunned down unarmed Black motorist Luke Stewart, his mother, Mary Stewart, of whom spoke to Clevelandurbannews.com editor Kathy Wray Coleman as to the killing of her 23-year-old son

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 August 2017 18:21

Cleveland Cavaliers withdraw from deal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena, making a referendum vote on the City of Cleveland's $88 million contribution to the project moot during this year's mayoral election

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland Cavaliers have withdrawn from their commitment to help fund a $140 million Quicken Loans Arena renovation project, removing the issue as a political football as Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson faces eight challengers in his bid for reelection this year and the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that the city must accept some 20,000 petition signatures collected by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, SEIU, and the Greater Cleveland Congregations to put the initiative before voters.


In essence, the controversial Q-Deal is all but dead for now with the Cavs having pulled out of the initiative, their funding portion of the project also at issue.

A team spokesman said Monday that the referendum issues, with mayoral candidates Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed and others pushing the city to put the issues on the ballot for the Nov 7 general election, would cause the groundbreaking of the Q transformation to miss the current construction cycle, thereby raising construction costs.


The Q-Deal was vehemently pushed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, City Council President Kelley, and Mayor Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor.

 

Budish, Jackson and Kelley say the deal will bring in jobs and monies to the city, and the region, and will keep the premiere basketball franchise on equal footing with competitors.


Opponents say it is an elitist agenda and that the tax dollars could be put to better use, including the revitilization of Cleveland's debilitating inner city.


Led by megastars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers, a premier major sports team, are the 2016 NBA champions who lost the title this year to the Golden State Warriors, whom they beat last year.

 

Cleveland City Council sealed funding for the Q-deal in April before a crowded room with protesters on hand, voting 12-5 to throw some $88 million toward the renovation project, which followed a vote  a month earlier by Cuyahoga County Council for the county as to its financial support toward the $140 million aspect of the project.

 


Cuyahoga County is 29 percent Black and includes the city of Cleveland.


Nearly a third of the 17 member Cleveland City Council, including mayoral candidates Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, and Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, opposed the deal .


Johnson, Reed and Polensek publicly trashed the deal.


 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 16:34

Cuyahoga County Democrats elect Congresswoman Fudge protege Shontel Brown as the first Black and first woman party chairperson, Brown beating out Newburgh Heights Mayor Trever Elkins and State Senator Sandra Williams, who is Black like Fudge and Brown

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Pictured are Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown (wearing red suit jacket), who is the newly elected chairperson of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, Brown political mentor Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11) (wearing blue-green suit jacket), and Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams (wearing black suit jacket)
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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- EUCLID, Ohio- Executive committee members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party elected Cuyhoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown of Warrensville Heights its first Black and first woman chairperson at a meeting at Euclid High School on Saturday morning, the outcome of which was a show of power of the political machine of 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia fudge, also a Warrensville Heights Democrat like Brown, and Brown's political mentor.

 

Other key elected officials supporting Brown in her successful bid to lead the powerful county Democratic party include Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, a Fudge ally.

 

Brown, 42, and a Black female leader in her own right, replaces former county Democratic Party chairman Stuart Garson, a well-to-due White attorney who quit the unpaid post Aug 4 before the completion of his current term as chairman, which officially ended next June.

 

Brown beat Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins, who is White, in the second round of voting after failing to meet the 51 percent threshold needed to win in round one where she got 47.7 percent to Elkin's 34.2 percent with state Sen Sandra Williams, who is Black and a Cleveland Democrat, getting 18.6 percent and then purportedly urging some of her supporters to back Brown in round two.

 

Fudge's largely Black 11th congressional district includes parts of the city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs and she is one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio, the other of whom is Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Columbus.

 

A former state representative elected to the Ohio Senate in 2014, Williams has connections to the Ohio Democratic Party and was a key player as the then president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus regarding the controversial remapping of the state's congressional districts that took effect in 2012.

 

The Ohio General Assembly redraws congressional districts every 10 years based upon population changes per the U.S. Census.

 

The new legislative redistricting map reduced Ohio from 18 to 16 congressional seats via congressional seat elections in 2012, and due to population reductions.

 

As a by-product of the congressional redistricting changes and the loss of two congressional seats in Ohio, then congressman Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland lost his congressional seat in 2012 to longtime 9th District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur after they were forced to run against each other.

 

A Toledo Democrat and the longest serving woman in congress, Kaptur's 9th congressional district now extends to Cleveland, a largely Black major American city led by three-term Black Democratic mayor Frank Jackson, a Fudge ally.

 

Kaptur was preferred by some consequential Democrats over the outspoken Kucinich, a former Cleveland boy mayor who ran unsucessfully for president in 2004 and 2008 and a socialist-type Democrat against war at any cost who was sometimes critical of the Obama administration, and his own Democratic party.  And Kucinich ran a clean congressional race against Kaptur, partly because he and Kaptur had been congressional friends, and because Kaptur keeps her nose clean.

 

State Sen Williams backed the official 2012 redistricting map supported by then Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern, whose successor is now state party chairman David Pepper, and to the purported dissatisfaction of Fudge, some influential Democrats in general, and a cadre of greater Cleveland Black leaders, including George Forbes, the former longtime president of the Cleveland NAACP and a former longtime Cleveland City Council president.

 

Williams is obviously a sophisticated political player within the party who has support, and who should not be taken lightly, sources said yesterday.

 

Also an attorney, Forbes had been conferring with then Republican state House Speaker William Batchelder relative to the map, which, per his recommendation to Batchelder, would have given Kucinich a better chance of winning, and required an ultimate vote of the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly, as do all of the every-10-years redistricting maps of congressional districts in Ohio.

 

Batchelder is also a former Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals judge and the husband of Judge Alice Batchhelder, a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals of the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.

 

The new map, and proposed redistricting maps leading to the new map, favor Republican congressional candidates, Democrats complained, although they had little leverage up against Republicans who run Ohio, essentially, and of whom hold all of the state non-judicial offices, including the governorship held by term-limited John Kasich, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor.

 

But the new map also brought Ohio a second Black congressperson behind U.S. Rep. Fudge in U.S. Rep. Beatty, a redistricting win that Fudge, Forbes, and the Cleveland NAACP, among others, support.

 

Beatty is a former state representative and the wife of former state representative Otto Beatty Jr, also of Columbus, and a Democrat like his wife.

 

Like the previous redistricting proposals, the new map, with Forbes and Black leaders and Black elected officials as watch dogs, also protects Fudge's majority Black congressional territory per the voting provision the Civil Rights Act of 1965 that precludes a deliberate diluting or gerrymandering of the Black vote in largely Black congressional districts, her 11th congressional district of which now also includes a largely Black pocket of voters of the city of Akron, and staggering parts of Akron's Summit County.

 

Cuyahoga County is the state's second largest county behind Franklin County, which includes the city of Columbus, Ohio's largest city, with Cleveland in second place.

 

It is a roughly 29 percent Black county and a Democratic stronghold that helped former president Barack Obama win the pivotal state of Ohio in the general election in 2008, and when the first Black president of the United States of America won a second four-year term in 2012.

 

The county Dems continue to recover from a long term public corruption and FBI probe that brought some 61 guilty pleas or convictions since 2008, mainly White businessmen associated with the county Democratic party, and including two former Democratic common pleas judges that served federal prison sentences, and former Cuyahoga Country Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, a former county party chairperson serving a 28-year federal prison sentence for racketeering and public corruption.

 

Dimora's sidekick and once a powerful county Democratic party operative, former county auditor Frank Russo took a plea deal for a 22-year prison sentence for his public -corruption- in -office illegalities.

 

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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

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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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