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Grand jury declines to indict Black Warren, Ohio woman who miscarried and was charged with a felony.-Women's March Cleveland says the prosecution was racist from the start....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-A Trumbull County grand jury has declined  to indict a young, Black woman from Warren, Ohio who miscarried at some 22 weeks of pregnancy and was charged by the city with felony corpse abuse. The controversy grew to include claims from activist women's groups in Ohio that the prosecution was motivated by racial animus.

The grand jury issued a no bill in the case that has drawn national attention and angered women's rights groups like Women's March Cleveland, the largest grassroots women's rights activist group in Northeast, Ohio.

Prosecutors and police charged Brittanny Watts, 33 and of Warren, Ohio, with felony corpse abuse, accusing her of attempting to plunge the toilet after her miscarriage. A judge ordered a bind-over of the case to felony court and prosecutors submitted the case to a Trumbull, County grand jury, obviously to no avail.

The city of Warren is roughly 60 miles southeast of Cleveland and is 28 percent Black.

According to Warren police, Watts, who has no criminal record and  miscarried at home, should have wrapped up the lifeless fetus and delivered the remains to police headquarters, which activists say is absurd.

Women's March Cleveland had called for the felony charge to be immediately dismissed, saying the charge at issue was racist and that the woman was purportedly being targeted by police and prosecutors because she is Black, and for political reasons.

" This case has racial implications for sure and we are pleased that the grand jury saw through the racism as we continue to be concerned about racist and malicious prosecutions of Black pregnant women in Ohio," said Women's March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman, a longtime Black Cleveland activist, digital journalist and community organizer.

Ohio voters passed Issue 1 on Nov. 7, a statewide measure pushed by Democrats and activist women's rights groups like Women's March Cleveland and aggressively opposed by key Republican leaders in the state that codified the legal right to abortion and other reproductive rights for Ohio women in the Ohio Constitution.

Watts went to the hospital twice before she miscarried and was later released in spite of pregnancy complications determined by doctors, who said the fetus could not survive outside of the womb.

Research reveals that Black women and girls who miscarry in Ohio and elsewhere who discard a fetus are prosecuted at a higher rate than similarly situated White women and girls.

Dr. George Sterbenz, a forensic pathologist, said in a hearing that  there was no no injury to the fetus and said Watts’ fetus died before going through the birth canal. He added that Watts’ medical records showed she visited the hospital twice before the birth.

“This fetus was going to be non-viable,” said Sterbenz. “It was going to be non-viable because she had premature ruptured membranes — her water had broken early — and the fetus was too young to be delivered.”

Police and prosecutors said Watts was being prosecuted not for miscarrying but for allegedly abusing a corpse after miscarriage, though doctors say that it was a premature fetus.

Watt's' attorney said her Black client was being treated unfairly for something that has become routine.

“This 33-year-old girl, with no criminal record, is demonized for something that goes on every day,” said Traci Timko, Watts’ defense attorney before the case went to the county grand jury.

Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research published research in 2021 showing that Black women had a 43% increased risk of miscarriage compared to White women.

Coleman said that "instead of singling out pregnant Black women in Ohio like Britanny Watts for malicious and selective  prosecutions authorities should address disparities relative to Black women who face disproportionate complications during pregnancy, including higher miscarriage rates, and even death."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy than White women. Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 12 January 2024 19:17

Cuyahoga County judges are improperly assigning themselves to cases involving Blacks before indictments come down and then corrupting them with activists calling for intervention by the US Department of Justice and the FBI....By Clevelandurbannews.com

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CLEVELANDURANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judges in Cleveland who hear felony cases are improperly assigning themselves to cases before indictments come down against Blacks and then corrupting the cases, a comprehensive investigation by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com reveals. And the grand jury indictments are often fixed and marked by judicial and prosecutorial impropriety, public records show.


These judicial self-assignments violate the Ohio Rules of Superintendence, which require that judges in multi-judge trial courts in Ohio are assigned via random draw.


In one case involving a maliciously prosecuted Black defendant the late Judge Joseph Russo, who frequently missed work but could often be seen on Facebook with a drink in his hand, and died suddenly in 2021, assigned himself to a case just days before an indictment came down. This is an indication, say sources, that the judges are illegally manipulating the grand jury indictment process. He then committed falsification and lied in journal entries, saying the defendant had requested continuances for pretrials before getting indicted. And thereafter then chief judge John Russo kept him on the case as did the late Judge Michael Russo, who oversaw the grand jury process for the case. Michael Russo has since died after a purported terminal illness.


Research shows that all three of the judges at issue also covered up indictment fixing along with county prosecutors and the Clerk of Courts office after the original indictment was altered and the charges involving dirty White cops upped without a grand jury amendment. Judge Joe Russo then went on to further harass the defendant, public records show, by doubling an already paid bond and falsifying journal entries with more lies, among other things.


When the defendant filed an affidavit of prejudice with the Ohio Supreme court he quit the case and John Russo, then the chief judge, reassigned it to Judge Nancy Margaret Russo, who harassed the defendant and further corrupted the case before she quit. It was then reassigned by Judge John Russo to Judge Nancy Fuerst manually, also in violation of the random draw mandate for judges.


Fuerst then lied at a pretrial and said she was assigned by random draw, which is not reflected on the case docket, and went on to cover up the indictment fixing and to harass the Black defendant at every turn. She also assigned indigent counsel (Brian McGraw), who worked against his client He later withdrew as defense counsel when activists began preparing to picket him, and died last year of an undisclosed illness.


Data also show that Fuerst met in a backroom with McGraw and assistant county prosecutor Brandon Piteo and the trio agreed off record that she would issue an order threatening to jail or institutionalize the defendant if activists picketed over the matter and if the defendant failed to go along with what Piteo and McGraw wanted such as not asking McGraw to seek dismissal of the case on speedy trial grounds.


Fuerst also said in her order that if the Black defendant criticized her, McGraw or Piteo by written or "spoken word" and if the defendant asked McGraw to file motions that she and Piteo disagreed with the defendant would be jailed or institutionalized. This too is unconstitutional, sources say, and authorities suggest, and it is proof that the county prosecutor's office under County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley is a major source of the problem with the county's criminal justice system.


The malfeasance escalated when Fuerst refused to jounalize when the defendant showed for trial to try to get around the speedy trial mandate and then issued a capius warrant saying the defendant missed a subsequent and secret trial date not jounalized by the judge and without official notice with Mcgraw saying later that she unofficially told him about the secret trial date.


After McGraw withdrew Fuerst refused to appoint substitute indigent counsel, saying Blacks and others who do not do what she says waive their right to indigent counsel, even though state law and the US Constitution mandate indigent counsel to poor people facing the state as an adversary who could lose their liberty rights.


Not one constitutional or state law provision supports Fuerst's posture that she can personally waive the right to indigent counsel, which activists say raises a red flag and merits a criminal investigation in the least.


Chief County Public Defender Cullen Sweeney also colluded with the judge and prosecutors and told the defendant that his office would not supply indigent counsel as required by law and the county, led by County Executive Chris Roynane, is doing nothing about the racism and public corruption.


Sweeney has said that the judges can do as that want to do to Blacks and that his office has agreed to withhold indigent counsel even when they issue illegal warrants. Black Cleveland area community activists want him investigated and fired by the county, and possibly prosecuted after an FBI probe.


Community activists appalled by the aforementioned filed a citizen's criminal complaint seeking criminal charges against Fuerst for falsification, tampering with records, covering up fixed indictments, denying Blacks indigent counsel, and violating their civil rights. It remains pending. The defendant also says that threats of harm followed and safety and health issues are at play.


" I feel unsafe just doing simple everyday things," the defendant said, adding that the threats include claims of murder and decapitation by police and others called upon to carry out the endeavor.


Activists are still investigating how Joe Russo assigned himself to felony cases before indictments came down and want an FBI probe and a restraining order against Fuerst, prosecutors and police for the defendant. Activists want to know how many cases have been assigned by self assignment to common pleas judges, a majority of them White, before indictments come down in order to fix the grand jury process and they want John Russo investigated too.


John Russo later stepped down as chief judge and was replaced by fellow common pleas judges with current presiding and administrative Judge Brendan Sheehan, who has done nothing whatsoever to address malfeasance against Blacks in the general division, 34-member common pleas court.


Sheehan's office told one defendant in a standoffish manner who sought help that Fuerst, a former chief judge ousted as chief judge by the judges for John Russo, can do as she pleases and that he has no power to intervene.


Data show that affidavits of prejudice to seek the removal of Fuerst and other biased judges from cases when they are biased and do wrong are routinely denied by the Ohio Supreme Court and the judges complained about often retaliate. And if they are removed from cases by chance for bias their successor judge or the new judge, usually a retired visiting judge with nothing to lose, also routinely retaliate.


All of it, say activists, is scary, and unjust, and an attack on the Black community.


Activists call it both a county and state problem and want the US Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland to intervene and demand legal system reform via a consent decree and other measures.


Consent decrees are legal tools used in everything from antitrust cases to environmental regulation. When one is used to compel a jurisdiction to reform its jail system, police department or legal system, it typically arises from a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into a pattern of misconduct.

 

In a corrupt judicial system, money and influence may decide which cases are prioritized or dismissed. and perpetrators may get away unpunished while victims are left with no answer and no justice. Activists also believe that the common pleas judges in the county, at least some of them, are taking bribes to fix criminal cases against Blacks, who are disproportionately indicted, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned.


Cuyahoga County includes Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black.


THIS IS PART OF A  MULTI-PART SERIES ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC CORRUPTION INITIATED IN 2017




Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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 Thursday, 11 January 2024 18:33

Ohio's 11th Congressional District Dems to select delegates for the DNC Tuesday as President Biden seeks reelection....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-Nominations for Democratic National Convention (DNC) delegates representing Ohio's 11th congressional  district, which includes Cleveland and is led by Rep. Shontel Brown, will be taken on Tuesday., Jan 9, 2024 at the Cleveland Public main library in downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 6pm and voting will take place at 7pm.

DNC delegates help nominate the Democratic candidate for president, which is likely President Joe Biden, who is seeking reelection as former President Donald Trump remains the front-runner for the Republican nomination.

A total of 83 district delegates from Ohio and eight district alternates will be elected to represent Ohio at the 2024 DNC, in addition to at-large delegates and others representing the Ohio Democratic Party. Caucuses will take place in each of Ohio’s 15 congressional districts on Jan. 9.

The convention will take place in Chicago, Illinois from Aug 19 – 22. Candidates had until Dec. 26 to submit a declaration of candidacy to run for delegate.

All of Ohio's congressional districts will host a selection site on Jan. 9 where district level delegates will be selected.

“Ohio Democrats are excited to head to Chicago next August to mark the progress we’ve made over the last four years and look ahead to the work that remains to move our state and country forward," said Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters in a statement.

"We're ready to elect a broad, diverse coalition of delegates to Chicago and show off our Ohio pride at the 2024 Democratic National Convention," said Walters, also a Summit County councilwoman.

"I'm thrilled to announce my candidacy for delegate to represent Ohio's 11th Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention. I've been putting in the work, volunteering since 1998.," said Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Meredith Turner on Facebook. Turner is Black and represents county District 9.

Ohio Democrats can visit ohiodems.org/convention to learn more about the DNC delegate selection process.

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) is a series of presidential nominating conventions held every four years since 1832 by the United States Democratic Party.[a] They have been administered by the DNC since the 1852 national convention. The primary goals of the DNC are to officially nominate a candidate for president and vice president, develop a political platform, and to unify the party.


Pledged delegates from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the American territories, and superdelegates, which are un-pledged delegates representing the Democratic establishment, attend the convention and cast their votes to choose the party's presidential candidate.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 10 January 2024 06:00

Crooked Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy Margaret Russo loses county Democratic Party endorsement as activists oppose her for her judicial malfeasance, public corruption, falsification, excessive sentences, and mistreatment of Blacks-By Clevelandurbannews.com

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

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CLEVELANDURANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo did not get the endorsement this weekend of the county Democratic Party for her bid for a common pleas judicial seat this year after community activist Democrats lobbied against an endorsement at the preliminary endorsement meeting of ward and city leaders.

 

She did not show for Saturday's general endorsement meeting of executive committee members of the party at the Holiday Inn in Independence after activists lobbied for people from different communities to come and speak-out against her candidacy. She faces an assistant county prosecutor under County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley, Democrat Carl Mazzone, for the Democratic primary on March 19.


A prospective millionaire who owns Mazzone Pizza and other lucrative businesses nationwide, Mazzone got the endorsement Saturday over Russo, even though it is rare for a seasoned judge who is not being prosecuted for criminal wrongdoing not to get such endorsement. His online campaign profile says he has 13 years of public service.


Technically, Judge Russo and Mazzone are both running for the judicial seat left open by the Ohio Supreme Court's suspension last month of Russo's colleague Daniel Gaul from office and even had Gaul not been suspended, at 70-years old he would have been age limited. Nonetheless, Russo still lost the county party endorsement that went to Mazzone.  Her current six-year term ends in January of 2027, which means that even if she loses to Mazzone she will still remain on the bench, absent any harsh discipline from the Ohio Supreme Court, if a bar complaint is filed with the court's office of disciplinary grievances. The process is lengthy and does not provide for immediate relief, if any at all, to victims of judicial malfeasance.


To receive the county party endorsement a candidate must get 60 percent of the party vote.

 

Sources say O'Malley has tired of the judge, including her release of grand jury transcripts to defense counsel via motion, and hopes his assistant county prosecutor can beat her in March. No Republicans filed petitions for the race, which is not unusual when seasoned Democratic judges seek reelection as judicial campaigns in the county are expensive at best and can cost upwards of $50,000 for a non-incumbent.


Activist Twon Billings, an East Cleveland councilman and former mayoral candidate, spoke against Russo at the party's preliminary endorsement meeting  two weeks ago when party affiliates voted against her, Billings warning fellow Democrats that the erratic judge is allegedly unfair, undemocratic, ruthless, and not good for the party and the Black community. The county includes Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black. It is the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties, behind Franklin County, which includes Columbus, the state's largest city in front of Cleveland, a majority Black major American city.


Judge Russo has drawn the ire of community activists and others for unfairness against Blacks and others as well as alleged malfeasance on the bench that they say is increasing by the minute. She has been on the 34-member, largely White common pleas bench since 1997 and before Saturday she had routinely been endorsed by county Dems. But community activists say a change is needed as to party operatives endorsing judges and others who are racist and no good simply because they are registered Democrats. They want county government reform and an FBI investigation of corrupt judges and prosecutors, among others.


Activists say Judge Nancy Margaret Russo, known for handing out excessive sentences, is covering-up fixed indictments and perpetuating public corruption as to falsification and tampering with records of criminal felony cases on her docket and does so with the alleged assistance from County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd, Byrd's subordinates, prosecutors, and corrupt fellow common pleas judges such as the late Judge Joseph Russo. His cases were sometimes transferred to her docket by the chief judge at the time (John Russo) after he quit them following documented impropriety outlined in affidavits of prejudice filed against him with the Ohio Supreme Court. (Editor's note: As Clerk of Courts, Byrd, by law, is responsible for case docket filings in the Cuyahoga County courts, including common pleas, domestic relations and probate courts, and the 8th District Court of Appeals, and maintaining and preserving such  case document filings, among other duties, including collecting bail bond monies. Data show that her office is in complete disarray).


A comprehensive  investigation by Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com reveals similarities to the motion picture movie "Mississippi Burning" regarding the height of racial discrimination and Civil Rights violations and the attack on the Black community by White supremacists, including judges, police and other law enforcement authorities, and corrupt and racist prosecutors.


A high tech lynching it surely is, activists say, and against the Black community with an undisputed vengeance, due process and statutory and constitutional protections be damned.


Russo, 66, is also illegally releasing secret grand jury testimony that is to remain hidden per state law with appointed indigent defense counsel from the office of the county public defender, led by Assist Public Defender Scott Roger Hurley, and using it against Black defendants to try and get plea deals in cases where their poor Black clients are falsely accused of assaulting White police officers accused of harassing them. (Editor's note: Judge Nancy Russo is also refusing to remove indigent counsel such as Hurley who are accused of colluding with the court and the prosecution against Black defendants, even when such indigent counsel, Hurley in particular, violate her own court orders for discovery and to conduct proper pretrial investigations for their indigent clients. Instead, the judge seeks to proceed to trial to ensure illegal and unconstitutional convictions of misrepresented poor, Black defendants via ineffective assistance of counsel. She also handpicks Hurley  to defend poor Blacks in cases she seeks to corrupt or manipulate and she has met with him privately or ex parte in backroom meetings to allegedly discuss cases without prosecutors present while his Black clients wait alone in her courtroom).


The illegally released grand jury testimony is that of corrupt White cops who have lied to the grand jury to get innocent Blacks indicted on charges they allegedly assaulted them, including from Lt Dale Orians of University Heights, a now former cop who has stalked Black female residents and broken into their homes without authority and stealing their personal property with the support of the city and county prosecutor and former mayor Susan Infeld, whom voters ousted in 2017 for alleged theft in office, assisted theft of homes of Black residents, and racism against Black residents.


The falsified case docket entries, also called journal entries of case proceedings, are crucial and can determine whether cases are dismissed and whether maliciously prosecuted people, mainly Blacks, are falsely convicted and imprisoned with one of the 34 largely White judges of the general division court of common pleas at the helm.


In one instance the clerk's office lies on the case docket and says a Black defendant accused of assaulting White cops was arrested the day of the alleged incident, the judge colluding with the prosecution and cops to deny the Black defendant's motion for correction of the case docket on this matter.


Data also show that Judge Nancy Russo is committing falsification by lying during pretrials and telling Blacks who have passed mental competency exams by Black psychiatrists that in order to represent themselves they must take another exam, an attempt, sources say, to get passing mental competency exams illegally changed by corrupt White psychiatrists for her harassment purposes against Black people.


Falsification is illegal under state law and so is tampering with records and she knows this, her judicial colleagues on the common pleas bench who whisper and laugh at the judge's crazy behavior say.


The crooked judge is also denying motions or requests by maliciously prosecuted Black defendants to correct corrupted criminal case dockets of her late colleague Judge Joe Russo.


In one case Judge Joe Russo, after doubling a Black defendant's bond after it had been paid just to keep the defendant in jail who was accused of assault of some White cops, actually had Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd falsify the case docket to say the defendant at issue had escaped. He would also assign himself to cases before indictments come down and then lie about the proceedings via journal entries with the help of his then personal bailiff.


Judge Nancy Russo's corruption comes during a continuing FBI probe over the last 15 years or more that netted some 61 guilty pleas or guilty verdicts, including prison for two former common pleas judges, a 28- year prison sentence for racketeering and other crimes in office to former county commissioner Jimmy Dimora, and a 22-year prison sentence to Dimora's sidekick,  former county auditor Frank Russo. Both were released early from prison and Frank Russo has since died.


Most of the aforementioned are Democrats as Cuyahoga County is a Democratic stronghold.


In a particular case in which a Black female defendant is accused of assaulting but not touching or harming four White University Heights cops who came to her home slinging guns and rifles and calling her a nigger, all without a warrant or a 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers, Judge Nancy Russo denied a motion by the defendant to correct the  case docket lie that the defendant was arrested the day of the alleged assault, a lie fed to the grand jury to help get an illegal indictment.


Such an indictment originally charged the defendant with two counts of assault on the two White cops, whom she did not even touch, police say,  and two counts of obstructing official business.


But Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd tampered with records and  upped the charges by falsifying the case docket to four counts of assault on a police officer and four counts of obstructing official business, all without a court order or grand jury amendment, and all illegal and unconstitutional activity that mandates dismissal of the case.  (Editor's note: Judge Nancy Margaret Russo seeks to cover up fixed indictments that mandate dismissal of the cases  by proceeding to trial and ensuring the appointment of indigent counsel, like Assist County Public Defender Scott Roger Hurley, that will not fight for dismissal for poor Black defendants. She has literally handpicked Hurley as defense counsel in cases to carry on her malfeasance Her view, apparently, is to falsely imprison Blacks via ineffective assistance of counsel and illegal convictions, and then to take photographs with them for the media if and when they are later released for false imprisonment  or via the early release reentry program she chairs).


Also at issue is foreclosure theft  of county homes by foreclosure magistrates and common pleas judges like Judge John O'Donnell, Chief Magistrate Stephen Bucha, his Lerner, Sampson and Rothfus attorney wife, and the sheriff's office, impropriety, in fact, with JPMorgan Chase Bank and other big banks and mortgage companies guiding the way. Politicians, media-types, Chase Bank and others are then buying the stolen homes for pennies on the dollar, research reveals, and after the home values are illegally deflated by the sheriff's office and county foreclosure appraisers, some of whom earn six figures for cooperating.


Hundreds of thousands of homes owned by county residents have been stolen for Chase Bank and others with help from magistrates, judges and other county politicians. Blacks and others who complain are often prosecuted in neighboring suburban cities and maliciously indicted at the hands of former county prosecutor Tim McGinty. And current county prosecutor Mike O'Malley's office then continues the illegal prosecutions and malfeasance against Blacks targeted by McGinty who did not support him for reelection in 2016 when O"Malley ousted him from office per the primary election.


A former Parma law director and chief deputy under former county prosecutor Bill Mason, O' Malley reneged on a campaign promise he made in 2016 to Black leaders and activists  to institute reform measures in the prosecutor's office and to do right by Blacks and others if they helped him defeat McGinty, a fellow Democrat. He too is under fire from community activists as he seeks reelection.


A retired common pleas judge who clashed with virtually everyone and who protected White Cleveland cops that erroneously gunned down Blacks like Tamir Rice from prosecution, McGinty's ouster in  2016 as county prosecutor was led  by Black voters and his own county Democratic party, after he protected cops who gunned down unarmed Blacks from prosecution and indictments and after he accused common pleas judges, mainly Democrats like Judge John Russo, of impropriety in rambling letters to the Ohio Supreme Court. The former county prosecutor also fought with the judges, saying he wanted more stringent requirements for their assignments of indigent counsel to Blacks and others, and that too upset activists fighting for his ouster who viewed it as racist and grossly unconstitutional..

 



Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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 Thursday, 18 January 2024 19:55

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump's 14th Amendment case as he fights to get on the state ballot in Colorado, Maine and elsewhere....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Former President Donald Trump

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor

WASHINGTON, D.C- The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear former President Donald Trump's 14th Amendment case out of Colorado as the 2024 presidential election nears, setting oral arguments in the case for early February.

Last week Trump was  booted from another state primary ballot following a ruling a week prior by the Colorado Supreme Court that says his candidacy in the state's primary this year is prohibited on constitutional grounds.

The second disqualification event was initiated with the state of Maine  at the helm and state officials there, specifically Secretary of State Sheena Bellows, say he engaged in insurrection and that such behavior disqualify's him from seeking the presidency for a third time. Her decision to remove the former president's name from the ballot following administrative review, which is permitted under state law, is on hold pending an appeal.

Bellows told reporters that she did what the law required her to do and that her decision is in cooperation with "the constitution and Maine election law." She says she has since received threats and that she is concerned for her safety and the safety of those around her, including family members and security personnel.

Challenges in a few other states, some of them still pending, have proven unsuccessful and legal sources say that the Colorado ruling has opened the floodgates for other states like Maine to follow, notwithstanding an ultimate decision on the controversial matter by the US Supreme Court in Trump's favor.

A lower Colorado court ruled that while Trump engaged in insurrection via the Jan 6 Capitol riot it did not disqualify him from the state primary ballot, but the state's highest court saw otherwise.

"A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution," the ruling said. "Because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.”

The Colorado Supreme Court decision, however, is stayed to allow for further appeals.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign, blasted the Colorado ruling. Trump has never been charged with insurrection relative to the Jan 6 Capitol riot, much less convicted, his supporters say, though his opponents say a conviction is not required under the 14th Amendment provision at issue, section three in fact.

“Unsurprisingly, the all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against President Trump, supporting a Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump’s name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice," Cheung said in a statement.

He added that "we have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these un-American lawsuits."

President Biden has called Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, undemocratic and a danger to America as he campaigns for reelection.

How the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court, which has three Trump appointees, will rule remains to be seen.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 09 January 2024 18:15

Cleveland's Black mayor says his RISE Initiative has resulted in 56 fugitives arrested via 'Operation Clean Sweep'....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb and Police Chief Wayne Drummond this week announced the results of "Operation Clean Sweep" – a multi-week operation aimed at removing individuals wanted for violent and other crimes from the streets of Cleveland. The Cleveland Division of Police partnered with multiple local, state, and federal agencies including US Marshals and the office of the Cuyahoga County sheriff, to arrest 56 individuals, ages 15 to 63, with felony warrants throughout the City.


"My administration's top priority has been, currently is, and always will be ensuring the safety of our community," said Mayor Bib, the city's fourth Black mayor. "This operation is the latest example of the power of partnerships – something we've been focused on leveraging ever since launching my RISE initiative. We are greater when we work together, and our community is safer as a result."


Between November 28-and Dec. 20, the operation purportedly netted 56 arrests for the following alleged crimes:

  • 15 for Felonious Assault Shootings

  • 6 for Murder

  • 6 for Grand Theft-Motor Vehicle / Aggravated Arson / Aggravated Menacing

  • 6 for Drug Trafficking

  • 5 for Aggravated Robbery / Carjacking

  • 5 for Domestic Violence / Strangulation

  • 5 on Federal and/or State Parole Violations

  • 4 for Aggravated Burglary

  • 2 for Rape / Kidnapping

  • 2 for Weapons Violations

"The Division of Police is consistently working to maintain the safety and security of our community," said Chief Drummond. "As a direct result of this operation we conducted, we were able to arrest many wanted fugitives in the city of Cleveland. This operation reflects the commitment and hard work our dedicated members do each day, working alongside our local, state and federal partners to remove these dangerous fugitives off our streets."


"Operation Clean Sweep" is the latest example of Mayor Bibb's RISE Initiative in action – the most comprehensive violence reduction and law enforcement enhancement plan the city has ever seen. RISE is a portfolio of multiple key investments, partnerships and enforcement strategies, technological advancements, and other Administration-led efforts announced over the summer to combat high levels of crime and to improve recruitment and retention within the Division, as it's experiencing staffing shortages that are reflective of police departments across the nation.


Since then, the Bibb administration hosted the city's first-ever Public Safety Summit announcing a 50% pay increase, $5,000 sign-on bonuses, fast-tracked promotions, and other marked improvements for cadets that resulted in a 45% volume increase in Q3 applications; has increased pay up to 25% for current officers, including a substantial pay increase in October that made the Division's top patrol officers the highest paid among the largest cities in the state; and raised the maximum age to become a police officer and hosted an expedited hiring event last month to streamline the application process, which resulted in over 600 Q4 applications.


Other recent RISE efforts led by the Bibb administration include expanding the City's SAFE SMART CLE camera sharing program; expanding ShotSpotter technology to all five neighborhood police districts; a new partnership with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department to enhance safety downtown; and expanded partnerships with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service, and other agencies at all levels for additional resources and personnel towards targeted hotpots and coordinated violence reduction tactics.


The mayor said that these strategic efforts have produced significant, tangible results including hundreds of arrests, hundreds of gun seizures, hundreds of dangerous pills and other drug seizures, dozens of stolen vehicle recoveries, and several lives being saved. The number of cameras integrated through the SAFE SMART CLE program has increased by nearly 400, and the number of cameras registered has gone up by more than 700 – more than a 1,000% increase since the program expanded in July. The Administration continues to urge residents, businesses, and community partners to sign up.


"Operation Clean Sweep" was led by the Cleveland Division of Police including the NICE Unit, Criminal Gang Intelligence and Gang Impact Units, District Violence Crime Reduction Teams, Traffic Unit, K-9 Unit, Chopper Unit, Real Time Crime Center, District Vice Unit, Community Service Units, Cartel Gang Narcotics & Laundering Task Force, Fugitive Unit, Safe Streets Gang Task Force, Narcotics Unit, and SWAT Unit. The Division collaborated with various partners that included the U.S. Marshals and their Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.


Those interested in becoming a police officer with the Cleveland Division of Police should contact the Department of Public Safety Recruitment Team at (216)-623-5233.


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