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OHIO REVISED CODE
TITLE XXIX CRIMES -- PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 2921 OFFENSES AGAINST JUSTICE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
§ 2921.22. Failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death or burn injury.
(A) No person, knowing that a felony has been or is being committed, shall knowingly fail to report such information to law enforcement authorities.
Jane Hanlin IS / WAS a part of your law firm. Did you forget to mention this?
Did you forget to mention that Jane IS / WAS a member of your law firm?
FRANK BRUZZESE IS THE PUPPET MASTER OF PROSECUTOR JANE HANLIN:
The time has come to finally expose Attorney Frank Bruzzese and his personal, family and financial interest in controlling the Jefferson County, Ohio legal and political establishment.
Frank Bruzzese, Esq. is the principal founder of the law firm Bruzzese and Calabria. Through what appears to be careful and strategic planning, he has accomplished over the last decade a masterful plan of becoming, for loss of a better description, the “GodFather” of the county.
The brother of Frank Bruzzese is the Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge, Joseph J. Bruzzese. In the late 1990s and early 2000, the Bruzzese clan began their quest for legal and political dominance of the Steubenville, Jefferson County area. First, he orchestrated the taking over of the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office by running his law associate (Thomas R. Straus) against the incumbent prosecutor Bryan Felmet. Felmet was a former Lt. Colonel in the Army Judge Advocate Division and an accomplished and well respected attorney.
A law associate of Frank Bruzzese, Jane Hanlin was married to a Steubenville Police Detective. Jane Hanlin, prior to becoming an attorney was an administrator at the local hospital (Trinity Medical Center). She was successful in making Frank Bruzzese the attorney for the hospital which resulted in a large financial windfall for Frank Bruzzese.
When Jane Hanlin decided to divorce her former husband (Keenan), she retained the services of Frank Bruzzese. After the divorce, she remarried Steubenville Police Detective Hanlin.
Jane Hanlin kept her day job with the hospital and went to law school in Pittsburgh, Pa., about a 30 mile distance from Steubenville. Upon graduation, she joined the Frank Bruzzese law firm.
In the election of 2004 against Prosecutor Felmet, Frank Bruzzese, with the help of Jane Hanlin, obtained the endorsement of the Steubenville FOP for Thomas Straus. They also orchestrated a public “no confidence vote” against Felmet.
Upon taking office, Thomas Straus, became, in essence, the puppet of Frank Bruzzese. Frank Bruzzese became the chief deputy prosecutor. Frank Bruzzese kept his private law practice in tact but received a large salary as a “part-time” assistant prosecutor. Thomas Straus proceeded to name and hire members of the Bruzzese law firm as assistant prosecutin attorneys, including Frank Bruzzese’s son, Jeff Bruzzese.
Public records in the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office will reveal the salaries of all the Bruzzese affiliates.
When Jane Hanlin became an assistant prosecutor under Thomas Straus, she was a member of the Steubenville City School Board. Other members of the Steubenville City School Board included Frank Bruzzese’s wife and a relative (Agresta) of a member of the Bruzzese Law firm. A former member of the Bruzzese Law Firm, Dan Spohn, had also been a member of the Steubenville City School Board but resigned when he became elected Judge of Steubenville Municipal Court.
So, in the year 2005, Frank Bruzzese and his cabal had control of the following:
*Common Pleas Court—brother Joseph Bruzzese, Jr.
*Steubenville Municipal Court-former law partner Dan Spohn
*Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office-former law partner Thomas Straus with the Bruzzese firm and relatives being named assistant prosecutors.
*Jefferson County Board of Elections--Frank Bruzzese was one of the two democrats on the board along with John Abdalla, the Mayor of Stratton and brother of Sheriff Fred Abdalla.
*Jefferson County Democratic Party-Frank Bruzzese was the vice-chairman with John Abdalla being Chairman.
*Frank Bruzzese was the law director for the Village of Stratton, Ohio (a paid position) with John Abdalla being Mayor.
One legal problem when Thomas Straus became prosecutor was Jane Hanlin’s position as a school board member. Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.13 prohibits an assistant county prosecuting attorney from being a member of a board of education of a school district. On December 20, 2004, the Ohio Attorney General rendered an official opinion #2004-049 reiterating the law. Instead of following the law, Jane Hanlin and the prosecutor’s office simply ignored the law. Jane Hanlin not only continued as a school board member with Frank Bruzzese’s wife, but eventually became the President of the School Board. Her son and daughter have been the recipients of scholarships and other awards and renumerations from Steubenville High School.
So, when Jane Hanlin allegedly disqualified herself from the recent rape case because of her allegience to the Steubenville School system, she should have disqualified herself from the school system,at least 8 years earlier, in accordance with the law and ethics.
In 2010, Thomas Straus suddenly decided to resign as prosecuting attorney during term. The appointment for a new prosecutor was up to the Jefferson County Democratic Party. Chairman John Abdalla and Vice-Chairman Frank Bruzzese spoke for and endorsed the unanimous nomination of Jane Hanlin to replace Thomas Straus.
After Jane Hanlin became prosecutor, any remaining members of the Bruzzese Law Firm became assistant prosecuting attorneys. It is possible, (a check with the county auditor’s office will verify the same) that for a short period of time, Frank Bruzzese gave up his assistant public prosecutor position to receive public retirement benefits. Thereafter, he was re-hired at a large salary by Jane Hanlin and now has the benefit of “double-dipping” in salary.
The plan now is to eventually have Jane Hanlen assend to the Common Pleas Bench and Frank Bruzzese’s son, Jeff Bruzzese to be named the new prosecuting attorney and thus continue the dynasty of control by one “family”. They belive that Jane Hanlin’s next election to higher office will be simply “A WALK IN THE PARK” with a breeze at her back (pronounced Bru-zzese).
With regard to the Steubenville Rape Case, a special prosecutor could have become involved immediately. By routine, the chief assistant prosecutor from Trumbull County, Ohio and a former Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor (Christopher Becker)and the current law director for the Village of Wintersville, is named special prosecutor when conflicts appear. He would have been very aggressive, however. The prosecutor from neighboring Harrison County (Shawn Hervy) who routinely becomes a special prosecutor in adjoining counties when requested, could have been named special prosecutor. He would have been very aggressive, however. These two experienced prosecutors could have taken the lead in a moment’s notice. They have a reputation of filing charges against any and all who are involved in crimes or complicity to crimes.
In the present Steubenville Rape Case, the following charges should have been considered against any and all alleged perpetrators, law enforcement officials, school adminstrators, observers and persons with any knowledge of the circumstances:
Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.08-Voyerism
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.04-Intimidation
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.21-Tampering with Evidence
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.22-Failure to Report a Crime
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.31-Obstructing Official Business
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.32-Obstructing Justice
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.44(B) Dereliction of Duty
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.45-Interferring With Civil Rights
Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.01-Conspiracy
Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.03-Complicity
Victims’s Rights: 2930.13--Information to be provided to victim by law enforcement agency; 2930.05--Notice of arrest or detention of offender; 2930.06--prosecutor to confer with victim; 2930.19--prosecutor to protect rights of victim
Sanctions: Ohio Revised Code Section 309.05-Procedure for Removal of Prosecuting Attorney for neglect or misconduct in office.
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Just an Observer with “No Dog in the Fight”. This is my first rodeo.
If I were a reporter for the local news paper in Steubenville, I would have revealed the same. But my bosses and the editorial board is part of the clique and has vested interests in staying part of the good-ol-boy network. This information would never see the light of day!
tongue firmly planted in cheek? (so, you might be a reporter for the local newspaper, but turned to a blog instead, since you paper is “owned”?) 😉
Ashley, Ashley, Ashley—you are too astute. By coincidence, there is a local newspaper in Steubenville with a name similar to mine but with a different spelling. I could see, with the economy the way it is, how a person who works for a particular company or organization that they believe is involved with moral or unethical wrongdoing would like to expose the truth without jeopardizing their job. That person would, in fact, be knowlegable and have access to information and archives which could expose the true facts or rationale behind particular acts or decisions.
Research has helped clarify and solidify some of my comments in other posts. First, recall that the former county prosecutor, Thomas Straus, came to that position through the efforts of his law partners Frank Bruzzese and Jane Hanlin. Once in that posiioin, Prosecutor Straus would be in a position to reward his former law associates by appointing them assistant prosecutors for a substantial salary.
Normally, that would be illegal and run afoul of section 2921.42 of the Ohio Revised Code which prohibits HAVING AN UNLAWFUL INTEREST IN A PUBLIC CONTRACT. That law states that “No public official shall auathorize or employ the authority or influence of the public officials office to secure authorization of any public contract in which the public official, a member of the public officials family or any of the public officials business associates has an interest.” Violation of that law is a felony.
Since Thomas Straus, upon his election as prosecutor, gave up his private law association with the Bruzzese law firm he was permitted to hire former law associates as assistant prosecutors.
Now the issue becomes, how would one benefit the Bruzzese Law Firm financially without running afoul of the law. Note, that when Jane Hanlin became appointed the county prosecutor on March 8, 2011 by the Jefferson County Democratic Party, with Frank Bruzzese being the vice-chairman and John Abdalla Chairman, she did not give up her law relationship with the Bruzzese Law Firm. Instead she chose to become a “part-time” proscutor and keep her private practice of law.
There is a section of Ohio Law, however, which permits a prosecutor to hire law associates without violation of the conflict laws. Thomas Straus resigned on February 28, 2011 and Jane Hanlin was appointed ten days later.
Under Ohio Law, Section 309, the county prosecutor is the legal advisor to all county boards and agencies including the county commissioners. Her office is required to represent the county not only in criminal matters but in civil matters and lawsuits.
When Jane Hanlin became prosecutor, she named her law partner Michael Calabria to be the legal advisor and assistant prosecutor assigned to the county commmissioners.
But, a check of historical records will show that both Straus and Hanlin, instead of representing the county in civil legal matters, routinely had the county commissioners hire “outside” legal counsel to represent the county in litigation. Why the additional cost to the county when they had free legal representation from the county prosecutor?
That, of course, would depend upon which lawyers(s) were getting employed.
Was there a method to get around the unlawful interest in public contract law and still benefit your present or former law associates. It would take a clever “smoke and mirrors” approach. No one would know, of course, if the local media (which has reporters at every commisisoners meeting) were not able or interested in putting two and two together.
A Steubenville Herald Star Newspaper article of Janury 15, 2010 perhaps exposes some of the “smoke and mirrors” and, if knowlegable, would speak volumes to the way business is being done in Jefferson County and how the few get rewarded.
In that newspaper article with the headline: “COUNTY MAY USE EMINENT DOMAIN”, the business of the county commissioners meeting was reported. The article states: “In other matters, the commisioners agreed to hire attorneys Jeff Bruzzese and Frank Bruzzese to represent the commissioners in a lawsuit filed by RSV Inc. of Steubenville.”
But wait!!! Stop!!! Why couldn’t the county prosecutor’s office do their legal duty of defending the county. They have assistant prosecutors from the Bruzzese Law Firm that are experts on various legal matters, just read their advertisements.
But, the article goes on to further state: “County Prosecutor Thomas Straus met with commissioners in executive session prior to the commisisoners meeting to hire Jeff Bruzzese at a cost of $125 per hour and Frank Bruzzese at a cost of $200 per hour. Frank Bruzzese is an assistant county prosecutor but will be retiring at the end of January.
QUESTION??? Did Frank Bruzzese indeed retire? If he did, then he was eligible for over 30 years of public service retirement benefits from the State of Ohio, probably around $70,000 plus benefits. NEXT QUESTION???? How did Frank Bruzzese and his son, then become assistant prosecutors of their law partner Jane Hanlin? Is Frank Bruzzese now double dipping? Is he getting retirement benefits and still collecting a public salary.
And so Ashley, there really is a Santa Claus, it is, in fact, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, aka Thomas Straus and Jane Hanlin. They give gifts to good little children of the Bruzzese law firm to which she is a member.
QUESTION??? How does that law firm divide their annual profits amongst themselves at the ende of each year? Unlawful interest in public contracts? Not if your a good poker player and have an ace up your sleeve.
With the mess involved with straigtening out the alleged rape case in Steubenville by state and possibly federal authorities, who would have time to look into ponzy schemes?
LOL! It is well known in legal circles that Frank Bruzzese is one of the best legal minds in Ohio. He has tried thousands of cases over the years, taken many cases to the Ohio Supreme Court and even argued one case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. If you think he would jeopardize his license to practice law for a measly 70k/yr, you are smoking something. He could leave this town behind and go be a law professor at Harvard or Yale for 400k per year if he wanted. Instead, he uses his years of knowledge and experience to serve the citizens of Steubenville. Not many people from Steubenville go college, let alone to law school, and very few of those *want* to come back to help their community. Bruzzese is one of the only ones to do that…and he’s been doing it his entire life. I’m not going to let you hide behind a computer and get on here and bash this honorable public servant. You are obviously one of the poor souls who he has destroyed in court.
Step up and run for office Harold, if you think you can do better. (crickets)
Dear A: I am amused, but also impressed by your defense of Attorney Bruzzese. I am an attorney in Northern Ohio (Cleveland) area. I am a partner in a large law firm that has offices throughout the country. With all due respect, I have never heard of Frank Bruzzese. I don’t doubt that in your area he may be a big fish in a little sea. But you have lost some credibility when you claim that “HE HAS TRIED THOUSANDS OF CASES OVER THE YEARS.”
Assuming that he is in his 70s and practicing law for approximately 40 years, to try thousands of cases (assume 2000) in that span of time would have him in court and jury trials almost fifty times a year. He would be in trial almost every week of the year. I don’t think that even in Jefferson County the Courts have that many trials a year. Aren’t there other cases and other attorneys that try cases in Jefferson County?
I think you need to look up the word Hyperbole in the dictionary. Embellishment to prove a point is not a good quality for one to have. Especially, if you are a lawyer.
You had a very minor typo in your excellent post here, Trial Lawyer:
“Frank Bruzzese. I don’t doubt that in your area he may be a big fish in a little sea”
Frank Bruzzese. I don’t doubt that in your area he may be a big turd in a little bowl.
There, fixed it for ya. :^D Keep up the great work, keep fighting the good fight and please keep us posted on anything you find out and/or your insight on any of this.
Maybe he enjoys the life of leisure too well to leave Steub and go do some real work????
I can’t understand why those that want to defend the alleged actions of the accused high school football rapists have been permitted to state, imply or infer that the victim was promiscuous, had a history of sexual activity, was a party girl, etc., without challege or correction of our “public servants.”
Whether those rumors, speculations, conjectures or surmises are true, none of it is relevant to the charges at hand.
Ohio, like all other states, has a Rape Shield Law (Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.02 (D) which prohibits such testimony or information to be presented, implied or used against a rape victim.
“Public Servants” like Frank Bruzzese and Jane Hanlin, instead of calling for fake “Save Our Children” rallies, should at least be speaking up for the child that was the victim in all of this and correct the misconception that the victim’s character can be used in evidence.
Both Bruzzese and Hanlin have been quick to issue press releases and blog and twitter their views on matters, but all such postings have been self-serving and to protect their own behinds and interests.
Why not be real “PUBLIC SERVANTS” and Step Up to the Plate and condemn the rumor mongerers and child slanderers and speak on behalf of the victim’s rights? Instead, your sitting back without comment merely emboldens the trash in your community to continue with their bashing of the victim.
Of course,there is no money in it for you, just integrity. But, you have probably put a price on that too.
And another point to add, I don’t know of many college professors who make 400K. Considering the state of affairs in that corrupt little mill town I’m not sure what he or any of those people have done for that town. Except cover up for a rape…instead of letting all involved pay for this horrendous situation from the direct players to the people disseminating photos and cruel tweets for all on social media to see down to the adults who provided their homes as a party spot and those who purchased or sold the alcohol to minors, they are more concerned with making sure they all cover their proverbial asses. The young people of that town deserve better.
My first attempt at this response didn’t take for some reason…
The idea that Frank Bruzzese would put his license to practice law in jeopardy for a measly 70k is laughable. This man is widely regarded in Ohio legal circles as one of the brightest legal minds out there. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court -- something most attorneys can only dream of. He could easily leave small town Steubenville behind and take a job as a professor at *any* law school in the country and make much more money for a lot less work. Instead he gives back to his hometown and puts up with defamatory rumors from anonymous coward posters like yourself.
Ask yourself this: how many kids from Steubenville go on to get a college degree? how many go even further and get a law degree? and how many of *those* are selfless enough to come BACK to Steubenville and put those degrees to use as a public servant instead of going for the big bucks in a large city? Not many.
Okay A. Nice of you to stand up for Mr. Bruzzese. What a great legal scholar!!!???? It would take a scholar such as him to orchestrate his control over the political and legal structure of Jefferson County.
A “measley” 70K/yr you say? That alone is twice as much as the average Jefferson County citizen. At least you seem to verify the retirement “double dipping” routine he has created.
But, of course, you know we are talking about more than $70,000 per year.
Aside from his private law practice from which I am sure he (with his great credentials) makes more than six figures, he has all types of “public servant” payments being made to himself and law partners.
Since you are so in the know, please publish and reveal the following:
1. How much money does her receive from the taxpayers on PUBLIC RETIREMENT?
2. How much money does receive from the taxpayers as an ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR?
3. How much money does he receive from the taxpayers as a member of THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS?
4. How much money does he receive from the taxpayers as the law director for the VILLAGE OF STRATTON?
5. How much money does he receive from the taxpayers for appointments by the commmisioners to defent the county in cases passed up by the prosecutors office like DEFENSE OF LAWSSUITS, EMINENT DOMAIN representation, etc.?
6. How much money do his realtives and law partners receive from the taxpayers for his son Jeff, an assistant prosecutor; law partner Jane Hanlin, the “part-time” prosecutor; law partner Michael Calabria an assistant county prosecutor; Emanuela Agresta, law partner and assistant county prosecutor; his wife, a member of the Steubenville School District; his brother, a common pleas judge; his former law partner, the Steubenville Municipal Court Judge.
I can give you thousands of examples of people who probably don’t need the money, but love the power that political office gives them. Bernie Madoloff was a billionare, so why did he need to do a ponzy scheme? Joe Paterno was a legend, so why did he need to be involved in a cover-up. Bill Clinton was the president, a man who could teach at any law school, be on the Supreme Court, etc. etc. so why did he have to cheat on his wife and lie to Congress; General Petredes, who could also become anything he wanted, etc.
Weren’t those ‘SELFLESS” PEOPLE and public servants? What is your connection to the Bruzzese clan? Me doth think you protest too much. Perhaps as Shakespear said—the first thing we do is kill all the lawyers.
Hey dude! A, you must be Frank Bruzzese’s other law partner.
DEAR A: On January 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM you posted on this web site praising and defending Frank Bruzzese. To put it mildly, you equated him to an attorney of brilliance to whom all other lawyers could only wish to emulate. In support of his brilliance you mention the “thousands” of cases he has tried. You alluded to how stupid most people were in Steubenville because they didn’t go to college, much less law school, like Mr. Bruzzese.
You mentioned how Mr. Bruzzese could have left Steubenville to become a well paid law professor at Harvard or Yale. Is that where he went to law school? Or was it another Ivy League, prestigious law school like Columbia or Pinceton?
Actually, as you know, he graduated law school from Ohio Northern Law school in the town of Ada, Ohio. Ohio Northern’s claim to legal distinction is the fact that are routinely the Ohio Law School which has the lowest percentage of students that pass the Ohio State Bar exam.
But that aside, you proudly claim that Mr. Bruzzese “EVEN ARGUED A CASE IN FRONT OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT!!!!”
I replied to you that your were guilty of embellishment. Now I must expand on that thought and simply accuse you of being a prevaricator.
Here are the facts and the case which you claim Mr. Bruzzese proudly argued before the United States Supreme Court:
WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF N.Y., INC. v. VILLAGE OF STRATTON, Ohio 536 U.S.150 Decided June 17, 2002
In 1998, Frank Bruzzzese, the village attorney for Stratton, Oho drafted a new ordinance stating that anyone wishing to canvass from house to house in the town of just under 300 for any reason had to register with city officials, disclose their names and obtain a permit. The permit had to be produced on demand.
The new law created by the Village Attorney Frank Buzzese was controversial. The first people to complalin about it, however, were not sales agents bent on profiting from the sale of vacuum cleaners or encycllopedias. They were Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Leaders of the Christian religious denomination in nearby Wellsville, Ohio were convinced that Stratton Mayor John M. Abdalla had it in for them, not pushy salesmen. They claim that in 1998, Abdalla told a group of Witnesses they were not welcome in Stratton. Shortly after that incident, Frank Bruzzese, village attorney, drafted the new ordinace.
The Village of Stratton’s law, the Christian religious group argued, placed unconstitutionaly burdensome restrictions on all forms of free speech.
The case went through two federal courts and ended up before the United States Supreme Court. On June 17, 2002, the United States Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the ordinance drafted by village attorney Frank Bruzzese was UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
Justice John Paul Stevens observed: “It is offensive not only to the values protected by the First Amendment, but to the very notion of a free society that in the context of everyday public discourse a citizen must first inform government of her desire to speak to her neignbors and then obtain a permit to do so..” Justice Stevens went on to state: “A law requiring a permit to engage in such speech constitutes a dramatic departure from our national heritage and constitutional tradition.”
And so Mr. A. That is the case you so proudly hold out as Attorney Bruzeeses’s shining example of legal scholarship. A case he LOST in an attempt to silence free speech of a Christian Religious group.
By the way, Attorney Bruzzese did not argue the case before the United Supreme Court, attorney Abraham Cantor argued the case and filed a brief for the Village of Stratton.
Fast forward a decade later to today. It appears from his facebook and blogs that Attorney Bruzzese is at it again trying to silence free speech. He condems those who have spoken out against the rape of the Steubenville girl. He now is trying to incite the citizens to “rise up” against those people, claiming that are hurting the children of the area. Pretty clever, another brilliant smoke and mirror plan, rile up the public and create a lynch mentality by insisting that our children need protection from those outsiders who come to our valley to give free speech.
Attorney Bruzzese was shot down by the United States Supreme Court ten years ago when he tried that tactic by drafting an unconstitutional ordiance for the Village of Stratton. He will be shot down again by the forces of good over evil and those that believe in their liberties under the United States Constitution.
What next Attorney Bruzzese-claim that those outsiders may be carrying guns to harm our children and ban people of their constitutional right to bear arms.
Attorney Bruzzese voluntarily threw himself into the frey by defending his law partner and prosecutor boss Jane Hanlin in the Steubenville Rape Cover-Up. He is the one that chose to roll in the mud. So he shouldn’t cry foul when he gets mud in his face. He caused the “mud” to “hit the fan.”
Hmmm if you were…. not a reporter for the little town of Steubenville I would suggest you move on to Washington as your info is pretty complete…. Imagine in your town straight from law school to being a judge! Old saying must be true its who you know or who you blow? As for that attorney being able to teach at Harvard … best attorney in Ohio is not actually an impressive thing to folks in New England especially now that he is tied to the rape of a child case!
Clearly you believe more charges are warrented. Why haven’t the state prosecutors filed any additional charges? Please explain.
One misconception people have is in being impressed by “titles” e.g. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, Special Agent, etc. In the legal field, new lawyers many times “cut their teeth” once they get out of law school by taking positions in the public sector. It’s much like doctors who hone their skills by committment to serve in the military in return for payment of medical school. Most jobs in government are through political contacts. So too with lawyers hired in the Attorney Generals office.
Most of the time, once experience is gained, the attorneys move on to private practice or law firms taking their just learned skills with them. They, then, become seasoned and aggressive advocates of the law.
In the situation of “state prosecutors”, they are usually young and inexperienced lawyers getting their feet wet. You can see, that one of the initial “state prosecutors” on the Steubenville Rape case has just now quit the Attorney General’s staff and moved on to greener and more lucrative pastures.
Attorney General Mike Dewine used to be the prosecutor in Xenia, Ohio. That was years ago. Ohio’s laws and criminal code has gone through thousands of changes since that time. One would have to constantly be in that field of law to understand all of the statutes and nuances of criminal law and procedure required to be presently proficient. Mike DeWine is no longer proficient in the criminal legal field. He became an elected politician--Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator, Ohio Attorney General.
The “state prosecutors” in the Steubenville Rape case, I would guess, have little Ohio Criminal Law Experience and knowledge and even less court room experience. They do not have a “stake” in the integrity of the community. They want to take their assignment and get it over with and the case resolved as quickly as possible. They do not want to make more work for themselves as would be required to do a complete investigation of the facts and participants. In Pennsylvania, that Attorney General and his staff not only went after Jerry
Sandusky, but any and all who were involved in the cover-up. (University President, Athletic Director, etc.) Mike Dewine is not that aggressive,nor is his staff.
Mike DeWine has thousands of private attorneys at his disposal to whom he could have assigned the case. He didn’t have to use someone “in-house.” He uses outside legal counsel, and pays them well, in a multitude of matters to which the Attorney General’s Office has a duty to represent or defend. He should hope that defense attorneys get the trial continuance they seek. He should then re-group and hire outside, proficient criminal lawyers (not lawyers who are criminals) to take over the cases and let no man or woman “off the hook” for simply matters of expediency.
DeWine took the case, now he should do the job and do it right.
So you believe the Jefferson County prosecutors didn’t file all applicable charges because they wanted to cover everything up (everything but 2 rape charges), and the state prosecutors didn’t file all applicable charges because they are lazy?
No, the state prosecutors didn’t file all applicable charges because they got the case after the Jefferson County Prosecutor had already filed the charges. Read Fact #1 from the Frank Bruzzese statement defending Jane Hanlin. The state prosecutors merely proceeded from there. They didn’t start new or fresh. They should have called in legitimate investigators, take the case away from the Steubenville Police and conduct their own grand jury investigation which they are permitted to do under Ohio Law. The Grand Jury is an excellent procedure to subpoena ALL persons who may know any of the facts. Those that refuse to testify can be held in contempt. Those that take the fifth amendment can be ordered to testify under a grant of immunity by a Judge (not prosecutor).
The state prosecutors merely took what was given to them. If they were experienced prosecutors and understood criminal law and procedure, they would have scratched everything done by the county prosecutor and local law enforcement because of the possiblity that the matter had been already tainted and compromised.
The reason for a “special prosecutor” is to look anew at everything, not to routinely take over what the former prosecutor did.
The state prosecutors are probably not lazy, just inexperienced and unknowlegable. The matter should be handled by knowledgable and career prosecutors, not prosecutors still wet behind the ears meerly looking for “experience.”
The Jefferson County prosecutor has more vigorously prosecuted shop lifters than she has two alleged perpetrators in this case. In this case, the fact that the victim was possibly given a dangerous drug to make her unresponsive and comatose could have caused her death. A forensic scientist or pharmacist should have been called in as an expert to evaluate. In addition to the rape charges, a charge of attempted murder could have been pursued. Any prosecutor worth their weight would bring as serious and as many charges against a perpetrator to which probable cause is present. A single charge in this case against two (possible scapegoats) smacks of incompetence at best and intentional cover up at worst.
The City of Steubenville has their own prosecutors anyway. They have a law director and a police prosecutor. They should have used them for their legal guidance. If adults were involved, then charges would be filed in the Steubenville Municipal Court Jurisdiction. Only the juveniles would go to juvenile court jurisdiction. The parents who supplied the liquor or held the parties should have been evaluated and pursued for possible criminal wrong doing such as contributing to the delinquency of minors. What if the drunk minors went out and killed someone in a motor vehicle. They would be criminally liable for the death the same as a bar or bartender who supplied alcohol to minors or inoxicated person. It’s called the Dram Shop law.
These cases could have been slam dunks. Instead, they were made intentional double dribbles.
Are fbooth and Harold Star the same?
This is an amazing account; the best I have seen so far.
You are obviously, quite knowledgeable and well-educated. That is quite evident. It lends a much-needed air of credibility to some of the ‘piling on’ that is going on.
It surely makes one wonder what your connection to the area is.
Whatever it is, I am extremely grateful for your comments, thoughts and insight.
PLEASE, keep it coming. I will bookmark this page and come back to look for more.
Unless you have another link I need to check out.
This is the kind of information I would like to know, to stay on top of this case and what is happening there.
Thank you, again!
(WHY do you believe the prosecutor there handled (or mis-handled) things there? What would be the motivation for not obtaining evidence of drugging, etc.? I am very curious about that.)
Her son may or may not be involved!!!
Point of law -- grand juries are not available to hear a juvenile matter until jurisdiction over the matter is transfered from the Juvenile Court to the Court of Common Pleas. This is done after an amenability hearing is conducted. The AG could not have taken this case directly to a Grand Jury. Before you choose to listen to a self-anointed Oliver Wenell Holmes please verify the validity of statements against the actual law.
Dear Anonymous: POINT OF YOUR POINTLESS LAW: Grand Juries ARE available to subpoena persons and documents by the prosecuting attorney, attorney general or special prosecutors to gather facts relative to alleged crimes. Even juveniles can be subpoenaed to testify. My statement was that THE GRAND JURY IS AN EXCELLENT PROCEDURE TO SUBPOENA PERSONS WHO MAY KNOW ANY OF THE FACTS. Grand juries do not have to return indictments. They can be used as an investigative tool The AG could have taken the case (meaning investigation) directly to a Grand Jury. Charges do not have to be filed in order for a Grand Jury to conduct an investigation.
Of course, if charges were to be filed against a juvenile, this could not have come out of a grand jury by way of an indictment. Any charges against a juvenile could only be raised in the juvenile court jurisdiction.
Why not read and comprehend before you show your limited knowledge or understanding of the law. In your case, a little bit of misunderstood knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Before you try to be a Clarence Darrow, please verify the validity of your statements with real prosecutors or do some research on the grand jury and its functions under the Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, or other treatises. Or at least check with someone who could be a professor of law at Harvard, Yale or Ohio Northern University.
Better yet, why not go to one of your Common Pleas Judges and ask to see and read the instructions they give to the Grand Jury before they begin their duties. They are form instructions given by almost every Common Pleas court during the beginning sessions (called terms) of the Grand Jury. If your are too embarrased to show your ignorance of the law, then go to the Jefferson County Law Library and read a treatise called OHIO JURY INSTRUCTIONS under the section for Grand Juries.
Geezzee!!! What a waste of time you are.
A grand jury can neither be impanneled nor utilized to hear testimony over a matter involving an alleged delinquent child until such time as the matter is transferred to the Court of Common Pleas Jurisdiction through the amenability hearing process. Call all the witnesses you want if your investigation is into the actions of an adult; however your argument is completely invalid when it comes to these alleged delinquent children. No prosecutoral body has the ability to use a grand jury to secure witness testimony for presentation before a juvenile court. There is the flaw in what you have stated.
You are correct when you talk about the scope and abilities of a grand jury; however you are incorrect about the ability to utilize a grand jury for investigative purposes into a juvenile matter.
As for your statements regarding my knowledge of the law -- feel free to speculate and insult all you wish.
I just can’t seem to get through to you. You are simply an idiot. Okay, let’s do it your way. A grand jury is called to investigate the possiblity of crimes being committed by adults such as conributing to the delinquency of a minor. Or a death as a result of a minor drunk driving.
I assume you agree that the prosecutor can call witnesses to the grand jury who has knowledge of the facts.
Before a Grand Jury meets, the prosecutor is not required to tell or inform the judge what they plan to investigate. That is beyond the judge’s authority. Once the judge gives his initial beginning term instructions, the prosecutor, by law, is the legal advisor to the grand jury.
If there is alleged misconduct by a prosecutor in the presentment of a matter and an indictment (not against a juvenile) is returned, later in the criminal matter, the defense attorney can challenge the returned indicment by the grand jury. That won’t happen in a juvenile case, since the juvenile will never be charged out of a grand jury unless a Juvenile Judge binds the juvenile case over after a probable cause juvenile hearing and a finding that the juvenile is not amenable to treatment in the juvenile court system and needs to be tried as an adult.
Let’s assume that some of the witnesses to the drinking and criminal conduct OF THE ADULTS are juveniles. Are you saying that the juveniles cannot testify before the grand jury regarding what they observed as to the adult conduct?
What if during that testimony regarding the adult conduct, in describing the events the prosecutor asks: Was anyone else at the party where this alcohol was being given to the adults present? Did you recognize any of the other people.
The witness says, yes I saw two boys that go to school at the party.
What were they doing? NOW ACCORDING TO YOU SOMEONE IS GOING TO SAY OBJECTION!!! IT INVOLVES JUVENILES!!!! THE PROSECUTOR CAN ONLY AS A JUVENILE WITNESS WHAT HE OBSERVED IF HE TAKES THE WITNESS BEFORE A JUVENILE JUDGE!!!!
Who is going to object? No other attorney is in the grand jury room. No defense attorney is in the grand jury room. But you are saying a juvenile witness can only testify about things he saw, heard or observed that relate to adults.
Now do you realize what an idiot you are. In that scenario the inquiry blends into the actions of juveniles. So what. There won’t be any charges coming out of the grand jury based upon the juvenile conduct. The information can still be gathered. It’s not tainted evidence. The grand jury can subpoena cell phones, computers, etc. It is not an ilegal search and seizure. Under your scenario, no juvenile would be allowed to testify about juveniles involved in the Columbine shooting, or any other school shooting since it my be testimony that reflects on the actions of other juveniles.
ANY PROSECUTORIAL BODY HAS THE RIGHT AND ABILITY TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CRIMINAL CONDUCT OF ANYONE, INCLUDING JUVENILES. YOU CAN GET SEARCH WARRANTS AGAINST JUVENILES, YOU CAN SUBPOENA JUVENILES; YOU CAN COMPELL THEIR TESTIMONY.
You cannot indict a juvenile through the grand jury. But you certainly are not prohibited from obtaining information about the conduct of those who are involved or witnessed events that may be criminal in nature.
Obtaining that information is not, in legal terms ‘THE FRUIT FROM THE POISONOUS TREE.”
I know you have no intention of accepting what I say. But I’ll bet even a lay person out there and not a pseudo lawyer like you can comprehend this simple area of the law. They can even research the matter themselves on the internet.
Where did you go to law school? Ohio Northern??
Ok nice job not paying attention. Juveniles can testify all they want. Testimony can be obtained about a juvenile, however the grand jury cannot be used to investigate an allegation of juvenile delinquency. There is no provision in the law for cross over utilization of a grand jury. Perhaps if you would actually read my post you’d understand it. The grand jury is an investigative tool to be utilized by a prosecuting authority with the potential result being an inditment of an accused or a group of accused. As this is not possible in a delinquency matter a grand jury can neither be called, as in a special grand jury, nor be utilized, as in a seated grand jury, for the purpose of furthering a juvenile delinquency matter. There, is that simple enough for your pathetic little brain to comprehend? Now, if you weren’t so narrowinded you would’ve realized I was giving you credit for being mostly correct in your statement but was merely pointing out the intricacies of the grand jury process which you are probably not able to understand as they are not expressly stated in Ohio revised code.
I’m wasting my time with you. I have been an adjunct professor of criminal law at law schools in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania for years. Sorry, I’ve never applied and probably am not smart enough like Mr. Bruzzese to be accepted to teach at Harvard or Yale,anyway.
I have helped write criminal treatises on criminal law and procedure and have been published in various law journals.
I have been on the staff of prosecutors and attorney generals in my younger years. I am a member of several state bar associations and have served on various boards of the same. I have been the chairman of the criminal law section of some state bar associations.
I now have a limited consultation law practice based mostly on referral by other attorneys. I have testified in courts as an expert witness on criminal legal matters. I am current on my continuing legal education requirements in all states in which I am liscensed to practice law. I am also a lecturer on criminal law at various continuing legal education courses.
I have no intention of changing my curriculum for someone like you who simply wants to argue pointless points. If you had taken my exam on criminal law and procedure or, for that matter, any other exam on criminal law and procedure utilized by my brethern professors, you would have never passed muster.
You are simply one of those indviduals, if an attorney or law student, that we label a malcontent trying to find fault with anything. I could probably call up my friends in Langley, Virgina and, based upon your posts, they could do a profile on you. I am sure it would be such that you would be placed on some watch list.
You’ve accomplished what you wanted, however, I am finished wasting my time trying to educate on the issues presenting themselves in your area. If you represent the general thinking of legal minds in your area, no wonder there are allegations of “cover-up”, conflicts of interest, and general distrust of the political and legal establishment in your area.
You and Mr. Bruzzese and your cronnies are no longer worth the effort of trying to rehabilitate an allegedly corrupt and dying political and legal environment
Wow. You are a genius, and these posts a brilliant. Thank you so much, and please keep posting and sharing this info with everyone, including anonymous and the NYT. Thank you Harold Star and fbooth.
SHANE! SHANE! (HAROLD!! HAROLD!!) COMEBACK! BYE SHANE.
THE MOVIE SHANE 1953:
“You know what he wants you to stay for? Something that means more to you than anything else—your families. Your wifes and kids…your girls…your boys. They’ve got a right to stay here and grow up and be happy. That’s up to you people to have nerve enough to not give up!.
Thank you. This is just awful.
Thanks for the info. I’m not surprised.
Isn’t that from anon paste dox?
No, I think it was first here and then copied in a paste doc. As you can see has Harald competence in answering law questions, it’s not a single post, there are a lot more in this comments.
I’m also really appreciating your professional input on this case. Living in Europe and just watching makes me sick of this case in Steubenville.
Is there any chance that these missing charges ever could taken before court?
Thank you four your participation in this discussion.
It’s not over til the fat lady pays. Once all the matters are taken care of in the Juvenile/Criminal Courts, the issue of compensation for civil rights deprivations will come to the forefront. Jefferson County, the City of Steubenville and the Steubenville School System would be wise to put their liabiity insurance carriers on notice so that a substantial sum of money can be put in reserve to settle claims made against them by the alleged rape victim and her family. Remember, in the criminal case O.J. got off, but civilly he was ordered to pay millions. Perhaps Jefferson County, Steubenville and the school system should go into bankruptcy or receivorship now to avoid the inevitable.
This will not be a 1984 George Orwell case, but a 1983 Civil Rights Case.
Aa reported today-January 8, 2013- the Penn State Scandal has thus far cost Penn State approximately $26 million which includes legal bills, consultants and other fees. Get ready taxpayers, the Steubenville Scandal will eventuall cost millions also. Was the “cover-up” worth it???
Finally, tweets from people that seem to know the ins and outs of the law. Why are we just now being so informed? I guess, knowledge revealed is better coming late than never.
He also claims that Anonymous is calling for violence and vigilante justice. Sad to see a grown man and a judge is nothing more than a liar.
These “big fish” down in that “little pond” are obviously too ingrained in purveying their corrupt arguments to see what it’s like in the real world. Open mouth, insert foot.
Great post, Terry, just one very minor typo:
“These ‘big fish’ down in that ‘little pond’ are obviously too ingrained…”
These ‘big turds’ down in that “little bowl’ are obviously too ingrained…
There, all fixed. 😀
Thanks so much also to Harold Star for your outstanding knowledge and insight. I hope this invaluable and very well-written information goes viral, and everyone flood them with demands for answers to every single point of corruption brought out here.
Great post, Terry, just one very minor typo:
“These ‘big fish’ down in that ‘little pond’ are obviously too ingrained…”
We are all waiting for a response from A who has defended Attorney Bruzzese. A and Bruzzesse have been exposed by the blogs of Harold Star, F. Booth and others. They can’t refute the facts and the truth. Where are you now A. You are missing in action. Are you now in a black hole. Or are you just an A hole?
Hello Harold Star!!! I just want to say that I love your expertise on the law, and I’m doing a live radio broadcast this Sunday about this particular case and how they are using this “threat of the kids” to THWART any of the real issues and would love to have you on the show on my live chat instead of the air, so please go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/deductivereasoning/2013/01/14/our-children-are-the-future
and message me if your interested, because your brilliance is shining through!!!!
Thanks for the post to me. I am not available for your blogtalkradio show on Sunday. I am, however, in the process of uncovering the less than illustrious beginnings of the curent movers and shakers in the Jefferson County political and legal world. Some of the research goes back to the 1940s and the patriarch of the allegedly brilliant lawyer who has given up teaching at Yale and Harvard to be a public servant to the people of Steubenville; his brother, the Judge, who permits all of his brother’s law partners and associates to appear in his court and try cases in front of him without disqualification on ethical grounds; their associations with alleged criminal elements over the years, etc.
As you can appreciate, it is difficult to research records at the local newspaper and the local courthouse without raising suspcions and inquiring eyes. Also, since my voice is probably recognizable to those who listen to the local media outlets, my ability to post freely would be compromised.
Of Course, as always, everything I post is merely my opinion only. A, Holly, Attorney Bruzzese, Jane Hanlin, and their friends and associates are free to dispute any allegations or comments made by me. All are advised that any corrections that are made to my comments by them or others should constitute retraction of my statements and validity of their statements.
Everything I say or have said is obviously opinion only and not necessarily fact. It is entirely possible that I misread or misconstrued historical documents,their meaning and their inferences including decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
This disclaimer is for the benefit of those that do not understand or can’t comprehend 1st Amendment rights of free speech.
Your posts are amazing and written in way that one with no legal background can understand aspects of this case. Could you please explain why Jane Hanlin said that no offers of immunity were given to the witnesses in this case that testified for the prosecution (which was confirmed by the AG on Thursday or vice versa at this point who knows). Then today the AG office said the state committed to not prosecuting the witnesses?? I hope you continue your research on this corruption and continue to explain the legalities to us lay people who just want to see the correct justice served! Again everyone please remember to pray for the victim and her family.
Dear A Fan: I am confused also about allegations of immunity to witnesses in the alleged rape case. All I know on the issues is what I have read the same as you. It’s a he said, that she said, that the attorney general said, that the defense attorneys said, that Jane Hanlin said that someone was or was not getting immunity to testify.
There is such a thing as “transactional immunity.” That is located in Section 2945.44 of the Ohio Revised Code. You can pull up that section on line and read it. Bascially, a prosecutor is not the one entitled to give immunity to anyone. Only the judge can grant immunity. The prosecutor can request the judge to grant immunity if the witness refuses to testify based upon Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination or under other circumstances, but the prosecutor’s powers when a witness takes the stand and refuses to testify is limited by the stance of the judge.
I’m not sure how the 3 witnesses came to be witnesses if they wanted to protect themselves from possible prosecution. It is my understanding that they felt they did nothing wrong and did not need immunity from anything. So there would have been no need for them to take the Fifth Amendment or be granted transactional immunity.
Perhaps the great legal mind defender (A-ANONYMOUS) of Frank Bruzzese knows and can explain what happened. Without knowing the exact details, I cannot speculate about what type of immunity from prosecution anyone is alleged to have received.
But,as I said, A-Anonymous could possibly fill us in since he can respond to anything in a legal sense without knowing all the details. Afterall, he is the protegee of a potential Harvard or Yale law professor.
This blog entry has “defamation suit” written all over it.
Oh my gosh, really? Are you serious right now? Are you trying to intimidate people into not speaking up because I think it’s way past that point, no one is going to “shut up”. People all over the world are talking about this and you can’t hardly sue the billions of people talking about it.
But, wouldn’t a defamation suit need to prove that the allegations are wrong? Or do you count on the Bruzzese clan to be prosecutors and judge in this law suit?
Intimidation always works for you, doesn’t it.
The small town thugs are at it again! The FBI definitely needs to be called in.
The FBI is here so we shall see
It called the truth go away Holly, that what wrong with this town no one telss the truth.
Mr. Harold Star,
I live in Steubenville. If what you say is true, and I believe it is. Jane Hanlin looked the residents of Steubenville in the eye and bold-faced lied to us when she said she didn’t testify in her official capacity during Busic’s sentencing hearing. I read the transcripts it is clearly evident she testified not only as the Jefferson County Prosecutor but also as the wife of Steubenville Narcotics Detective Jason Hanlin. I’ve also heard about the issues between her and Meeta Lyons. I’m aware this is not the first time her ethics have been called into question and I have a hard time taking someone at face value with a reputation like that especially when I’ve been lied to along with every other citizen of Steubenville.
My question would be can we the citizens of Steubenville file a civil suit against Jane Hanlin on the basis of the Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.13 which prohibits an assistant county prosecuting attorney from being a member of a board of education of a school district. On December 20, 2004, the Ohio Attorney General rendered an official opinion #2004-049 reiterating the law. Instead of following the law, Jane Hanlin and the prosecutor’s office simply ignored the law. Jane Hanlin not only continued as a school board member but eventually became the President of the School Board. Citing that any John Doe in the community would then be put an an unfair advantage and stifled from the ability to petition to join the School Board because of a lack of an open seat due to her negligent choice to disregard Ohio Law and continue to fill that position even after being formally informed that it was unlawful to do so?
I apologize for my oversight, my intention was to include this disclaimer at the bottom of my comment, so please reference this reply to the above comment when reading, thank you.
Please note: THE OPINIONS AND COMMENTS SET FORTH ABOVE ARE SOLELY THE OPINION OF THE UNDERSIGNED. THEY ARE OPINION AND NOT NECESSARILY FACT. NO PERSON SHOULD PLACE ANY RELIANCE OR FAITH IN THE OPINION AND COMMENTS EXPRESSED, HEREIN. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED ABOVE ARE MERELY THE EXERCISE OF THE UNDERSIGNED’S RIGHT UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. OPPOSING VIEWS AND COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED. SHOULD ANY VIEW OR COMMENT BE MADE CONCERNING THE ABOVE, THEN THE RESPONDING VIEWS AND COMMENTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS THE TRUE AND ACCURATE SET OF FACTS AND OPINIONS AND THE OPINIONS AND COMMENTS OF THE UNDERSIGNED SHOULD BE IGNORED AND HELD FOR NAUGHT.
Please realize my intention to include this at the bottom of my comment when reading anything I post, thank you.
Dear Wondering: With regard to Jane Hanlin and any possible ethics violations, as a lawyer, that is a matter that would need to be investigated and looked into by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Any individual can file a disciplinary complaint with that agency setting forth the allegations of alleged attorney misconduct. Forms are available under the Ohio Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel web site. I believe, however, an individual can follow any form they desire to raise alleged attorney ethical violations. Once the complaint is received by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, they will review it and, most times, send a copy on to the lawyer complained of for a response.
That response will sometimes end the matter or cause Disciplinary Counsel to further investigate. They have their own investigators. If disciplinary counsel believes the allegations warrant further action, they can file formal disciplinary charges. All disciplinary matters are confidential until formal charges are filed. Possible sanctions for ethical violations by lawyers could include public reprimands, suspensions and disbarments. If charges are filed, the disciplinary counsel and his staff of assistant disciplinary counsel would present the case to a panel of three haring officers composed of judges, lawyers and/or lay persons from the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline.
As an individual, however, if you believe the prosecutor is guilty of neglecct or misconduct in office, there is a procedure to remove the prosecuting attorney from office under section 309.05 of the Ohio Revised Code. Under that section, one or more taxpayers would need to file distinct charges supported by affidavits. It would go to a hearing before the Common Pleas court an proceed like any other court action. Note that the statute states that a “taxpayer” and not property owner may file charges. If you buy gasoline in Jefferson County you pay a tax. If you purchase any product in Jefferson County, you most likely pay a tax. So potentially when a thousand people show up to protest about the alleged rape cover-up, if they buy coffee, cigarettes, or any other product, they are taxpayers. Of course, a resident(s) of the county would be a in a better position to bring such an action since the court case could become protracted.
The best way to remove a prosecutor from office, in the final analysis, is to vote them out offfice at the next election. In Jefferson County’s case, however, that will not be until the election of 2016. And even then, the incumbent prosecutor would need to have a challenger which can only be a lawyer liscened to practice law in Ohio and a resident of Jefferson County. I anticipate there is no lawyer in Jefferson County with the intestinal fortitude to challenge the current regeme of lawyers and their politically connected cabal. So your current prosecutor may just remain in office until she becomes the next Common Pleas Judge by simple Jefferson County Atttorney apathy and fear of retribution.
With regard to the school board, that is an elected position and any resident of the particular school district can run for that office.
There you have it. Until, someone who really doesn’t know what they are talking about tries to confuse the issue by knit-picking this post.
Are you going to run for either of those positions?
NOT A CHANCE!!! I WOULD RATHER BECOME A HIGH PAID PROFESSOR AT YALE OR HARVARD!!!
That’s what I thought. You are one of those people that just like to whine, but can’t be bothered to get up and actually do something.
Who would want to run for office here and had daily dealings with those people?
Please keep this disclaimer in mind when reading any and all of my comments, Thank You.
Thank you for your insight Harold Star. I just think the people of Jefferson county have been put into an unfair position not being able to choose for themselves who the county prosecutor is and I agree with you, I doubt any lawyer will run against her in the next election. I guess we can take some satisfaction in making it known that many residents of Jefferson County do not want her in office, do not trust her, and the only reason she is the prosecutor is by default. Whether anonymous or national media attention remains on this case or not I doubt anything will change. Steubenville is a small town but it isn’t that small to have members from just one law firm taking that many public official seats. Steubenville has it’s fair share of lawyers, some good some bad but we have quite a few. I very well may be wrong but I was under the impression that Sam Pate was the assistant prosecuting attorney that was designated to handle juvenile cases, so wouldn’t it make sense that with the various conflicts on interest that are publicly known to exist with Mrs. Hanlin that Mr. Pate would prosecute this juvenile case also? With the history and reputation Steubenville has one would think that city officials would realize that a certain level of transparency would be needed to regain the trust of the community? Steubenville isn’t a bad place to live, all in all and I don’t hardly think every public official has something to hide so to speak. I think Sheriff Abdalla has been honest and genuine in his position and can’t recall anything that would question the honesty of Chief McCafferty but all it takes is a few dishonest people to ruin the system. We can only hope that this has taught everyone in the county a lesson which would be do the right thing even it’s not the popular thing to do.
Thanks to each of you for taking the time to inform us.
thanku Harold…..for having the intestinal fortitude….to lay out in solid detail all the facts of
“the Firm”…of not just Steubenville but the County and perhaps, well beyond this little river town…
you obviously know from your posts and research, much about the law and the procedures and of course, the history of the Bruzzesse law firm and their connections to the region.
I know it well also and have been close to the same in one capacity or another for over twenty some years…though i largely had left the area for many of those years but never fully departed from hearing and keeping an eye on what their latest “moves” were…
i spoke to the national media when in town recently about the same thing and without giving them as much detail, nearly as much as you have here in your posts…i basically told them, if they wanted to know what truly was happening…here in this city and region…you have to become familiar with “the Firm”
….John Grisham could not write a novel any better in the manner, that this “cabal” of local interersts have controlled this region…
but i wish to add a few more insights…and will perhaps over time
I want to begin with this; and this risks a bit of my own legal derrier…but hey…those that know me, know that i have risked much for the sake of the common good
….but…the Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel in the State of Ohio is largely itself compromsed and held “hostage” by powerful state and local bar associations interersts
Jane has been sent there several times. Frank dutifully writes his long “Harvard level” retorts
Ms. Lori Brown and/or one of her cohorts..waives her “legal ethic cleansing wand”,.,,,and Jane
is free to …..
like frank…to go on making hundreds of thousands of dollars from the local not so well economic status of the good people of jefferson county…
and there is much proof of this….believe me…
but as y ou know…and i know you will say…”its not appropriate to talk about lawyer ethics complaints …since by law and ethics they are to be held “in confidence” as per the State disciplinary code
which..again..works for those like Jane and Frank…quite well…but not so well for many other poor slaps ONU grfaduates that dont have their powerful political weight
Let me add something to your excellent responses and posts and expose about “The Firm”….
[&we dont live in Nashville either!]
THE ONLY MISSING PART OF YOUR ANALYSIS TO THE BACKGROUND OF THIS LAW FIRM IS WHAT THEY TRULY DO FOR MONEY!…the PUBLIC LAW PRACTICE IS ONLY THEIR MEANS OF CONTROL AND ACCESS TO EASY PUBLIC FUNDS AND ICNOMES AND BENEFITS
[and scholarships for their children’s children for all the years to come]
but the true nature of their parctice…is ….and i say this in part, knowing there’s even much much more than this
is the insurance defense industry representation ….OF MAJOR MEDICAL MALPracTICE and PERSONAL INJURY AND ETC Etc CLAIMS
THEY SELDOM DO THE WORK…[OF COURSE..WHY WOULD A YALE LEVEL ATTORNEY GET BOGGED DOWN WITH THE DETAILS OF LEARNING TRUE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFENSE LAW??? I MEAN SUCH COMMONERS PRACTICE SUCH THINGS!]
….IN FACT….FRANK AND CO….
IS THE CONTROL…FOR ALL OF THE POWERFUL INSURERS IN THE ENTIRE REGION WHO HAVE BUSINESS TO TEND TO….IN THIS NOT SO OUT OF THE WAY COUNTY WHEN IT COMES TO IMPORTANT LIABLIITY INTERESTS
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A HOSPITAL…IN THE PAST AT LEAST…LIKE ST JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER, THE LITERAL ‘HEART OF IT ALL” IN TERMS OF LATEST MEDICAL MALPRACTICE TECHNOLOGY….AND CLAIMS
THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY DEFENSE LAWYER CONNECTION TO THIS REGION…IS THE REAL POWER BEHIND THE STAYING POWER OF THE FIRM
THE FIRM HAS BEEN RUN OFF OF THE PROFITS OF THAT INDUSTRY FOR YEARS…
BEYOND THE FACT THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO MONOPOLIZE ALL CONTROL IN EVERY POLITICAL OFFICE IN THE TOWN, LIKE SOME BAD BATMAN OR DICK TRACY COMIC BOOK NARRATIVE COME ALIVE…
[SINCE SOMEONE LEFT OFFICE A FEW YEARS BACK AND OTHERS WERE PUSHED OUT….]
THERE IS MORE THAN A SIMPLE REASON WHY JANE HANLIN WAS AT THAT HOSPITAL AND “HELPED FRANK LAND THAT CONTRACT”
THERE’S MUCH MORE TO THAT PART OF THE NARRRATIVE AND I THINK GIVEN YOUR ABILITY AND YOUR ACCESS AND CAPABILITY TO RESEARCH….THE TRUTH AND FACTS JUST MAY BE ABLE TO UNCOVERED
S3VERAL IF NOT MANY LOW AND HIGH AND NOT SO COMMON AND MANY COMMON FOLK [US STUPIDOS!] UNDERSTAND HOW JANE …WENT THAT HILL…
AND WE KNOW WHAT JANE DID….WHILE SHE WAS “AT THE HOSPITAL”….DOING HERE “ADMINSTRATIVE WORK”
JANE WENT UP THE HILL…..WITH DICK….AND SHE AND DICK…NEVER CAME BACK FOR WHILE…AND UNTIL SHE GOT DICK TO PAY HER LAW SCHOOL TUITION
AND THEN WHEN DICK AND JANE WERE FINISHED PAYING HER TUITION…SHE CAME BACK DOWN THAT HILL…AND BECAME….A FIRM….PARTNER….WITH JOE AND FRANK …
AND….EVERYONE…HELL EVEN THE POOR BLACK FOLK IN TOWN KNOW THIS.!!…MY HOMMIES THEMSELVES…LAUGH OUT LOUD ABOUT
“JANE’S ADDICTION!!!!” NOT TALKING CRACK..OR HEROIN OR WEED ….BUT YOU KNOW…A DICK TION…
THE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR PAID JANE VERY WELL, IN SEVERAL WAYS WHILE HE MAKES OVER 500,000 A YEAR…FROM THAT LOCAL HOSPITAL…AND EVERYONE IN THE KNOW..KNOW…JANE FRANK AND THE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR….HAVE HAD SUCH A LOVE FEST IN THIS NICE LITTLE COZY CORNER OF THE WORLD
IF YOU CHECK CAREFULLY….SHE OBTAINED HER LAW LICENSE….FROM FUNDS….PAID BY THE GOOD PROFITS OF ST JOHNS HOSPITAL
AND THAT THIS CAUSED NOT A FEW EYEBROWS TO BE RAISED…AND SHE AND HER “SPONSORS AT THE HOSPTIAL”
REPORTEDLY…WHEN THIS WAS “UNCOVERED” NOT SO MANY YEARS BACK
SHE HAD TO…”PAY BACK” HER LITTLE DALLIANCE AT TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER…SO LITTLE MISS JANE
HERSELF WOULD NOT BE DISALLOWED FROM ENTERING THE LAW PRACTICE AND EVEN PERHAPS BE FOUND
EMBEZZELLING FUNDS FROM A HOSPITAL ACCOUNT..NOT PERSONALLY…BUT VIA HER ‘FIRM PARTNERS’….
BUT THEN…TO SAY THIS.. IS TO ASCRIBE CRIMINAL CONDUCT TO CALAMITY JANE….AND OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW WHAT HARVARD LEVEL LAW PROFESSORS WOULD DO….
WITH THAT KIND OF ALLEGATIONS!!
THIS IS NOT THE TONE I WANTED TO FIRST WRITE ABOUT THE FIRM IN…BECAUSE FIRST ITS VERY SERIOUS BSUSINESS AND THE LOSS TO THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN WITHOUT MEASURE AND CANNOT BE FULLY RECOVERED FOR MANY WHO HAVE LIVED HERE FOR THE PAST DECADE OR MORE
AND….ITS BETTER TO MAKE THE REASONED ARGUMENTS THAT YOU HAVE
AND AGAIN YOU ARE TO BE APPLAUDED FOR YOUR INSIGHT…
YOU NEED TO GET YOUR ANALYSIS TO THE MAJOR MEDIA AND TO THOSE ON THE INTERNET WITH WEIGHT….EVEN THE HUFFINGTON POST, ETC.ETC…
BUT….I WOULD ADD IN CLOSING
WHY THESE AND OTHERS IN THIS COMMUNITY HAVE REMAINED “UNTOUCHED” IS NOT JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE VERY CLEVERLY AS YOU HAVE SO WELL DETAILED…AND MANY OF US HAVE WATCHED WITH DEPRESSING KNOWING…
AND SERIOUS DESPAIR….WATCH THEM W/ SEEMINGLY IMPUNITY MOVE LIKE A LEGAL MAFIA INTO EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY OVER THIS TOWNS BAR ASSOCIATION AFFECTING EVERY LAWYER AND EVERY LITIGANT WHO HAS ANY CLAIMS IN THIS REGION…
…ISNT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO SIMPLY “CONNECTED” LOCALLY AND CAPABLE AND WISE AS HARVARD BUDDIES…
YES IT HAS TO DO WITH THE PAST CORRUPTION,….DECADES AGO…AND IF YOU KNOW FRANK…HE ISN’T A BAD GUY TO TALK THIS OUT WITH …HE IS QUITE PERSONABLE AND OPEN ABOUT HIS FAMILY HISTORY…
IT WASN’T HIS FATHER…EITHER…THAT WERE “INVOLVED” AND ITS WELL KNOWN TO THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND
TODAY…AND THIS IS NOT UNIQUE TO THE BRUZZESSE CLAN HERE AND/OR THE OHIO VALLEY
…WHERE THE POWER LIES TODAY…NOT IN BOARDWALK EMPIRE DAYS…IS
IN THE POWERFUL COMBINATION OF SERIOUS MONETARY INTERESTS WHO CONTROLL PLACES MUCH MUCH LARGER AND BIGGER THAN STEUBENVILLE OHIO….
AND HOW THE FIRM ….TIES INTO THIS STATE EVEN NATIONAL MONETARY SYSTEM OF INSURANCE DEFENSE FUNDING…
IS IN PART….NOT JUST A PROBLEM WHY MIS PROSECUTIONS OCCUR HERE IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND PERHAPS SOME SMALL TIME “COVER UPS” OCCUR..INSIDE OF VERY VERY IMPORTANT VICTIMS CASES….HERE IN THE VALLEY
[ALL VICTIMS ARE OF EQUAL SIZE AND WEIGHT…I MEAN…HOWEVER, THE KINDS OF COVER UPS ALLEGD IN THIS CASE…ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT KINDS OF COVER UPS…HAVE OCCURED AND ARE OCCURING AT MUCH HIGHER RATIONALIZATIONS ACROSS THE BOARD…AT THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL OF THINGS IN OHIO..AND ELSEWHERE…IN THIS NATION…AND I’M NOT DEMEANING THE IMPORTANCE OF JUSTICE OR THESE PARTICULAR INDIVIDUALS OR TEENS…OR ANY RAPE VICTIMS FROM ANYWHERE WHEN I SAY THIS…
BUT I’M TALKING ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS LEVEL VIOLATIONS ON THE LEVEL SO LARGE AND EEP THAT IT MAKES THE TALK OF ONE CASE’S POTENTIAL COVER…APPEAR LIKE A SINGLE RAY OF LIGHT…
IN COMPARISON TO THE SUN ITSELF…
EVERYONE WELCOME THE “SINGLE RAY OF LIGHT”…AND YOUR ANALYSIS HAS BROKEN THEU INTO THIS DARK DARK VOID ON THE OHIO RIVER…
AND JUST MAY..IF IT GETS INTO THE ‘LIGHT OF DAY’…ACROSS A MUCH HIGHER MEDIUM…PIERCE THIS PRESENT DARKNESS THAT SO CONTROLS AND DEFINES WHY THIS VALLEY IS DYING AND AT A LOSS OF GAINING ANY KIND OF MODERNINTY FEFELING TO IT…
DESPITE IT BEING ON THE CUSP OF THE NEWLY DISCOVERED WORLDS’ LARGEST OIL AND GAS FIELD …POTENTIALLY
EVEN IF ECONOMIC TIMES RETURN TO THIS REGION DUE THE HUGE OIL AND GAS FIELDS BEING EXPLORED
IF YOU HAVE ONE FIRM..CONTROLLIG EVERY POSSIBLE PUBLIC OFFICE AND ALL THE EMPLOYEMENT AND ALL THE LITIGATION AND ALL THE POLITICAL ACCESS TO POWER..IN THE REGION…
NOTHING…BUT DARKNESS AND DESPAIR WILL CONTINUE ON…IN THIS VALLEY
FOR MORE YEARS TO COME..ENDLESLLY…
BUT THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THEIR POWER…
IS TO UNDERSTAND…IT DOESN’T BEGIN AND END…WITH STEUBENVILLE OR EVEN JEFF COUNTY
THEY ARE NOT CEASAR….[THO HERE THEY FANCY THEMSELVES AND HAVE CONTROLLED THE REGION AS IF THEY ARE AND I THINK THE PROUD CAN SOMETIME FALL NO DOUBT]
BUT…ITS CESEAR’S RICHES…THAT KEEPS SUCH SMALL TOWN…POWER BROKERS….IN PLACE…
AND FOR THAT ANAYSIS….YOU DON’T NEED SO MUCH TO NEED TO KNOW GRAND JURY PROCEDURES AND LEGAL FINER POINTS OF LAW
YOU NEED AN ELLIOT NESS AND PERHAPS, MUCH MUCH MORE….
THE STATE OF OHIO…ESPECIALLY MIKE DEWINE AND THE POWERS THAT BE AT THE CURRENT SUPREME COURT
ARE NOT GOING TO TOUCH….THESE LOCALS….
UNLESS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA..BEGINS TO TRULY UNCOVER THE DARK SOFT UNDERBELY OF SOME OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE BEGUN TO REVEAL….
ITS VERY GOOD THAT SOMEONE HAS REVEALED IT IN THE FEARLESS AND COGENT MANNER AND CLEARLY LEGALIZE MANNER YOU HAVE
BUT THE POWER BEHIND IT…HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH FOLLOWING THE LAW AND/OR CITING GRAND JURY PROCEDURES
AND /OR….EVEN MAKIKNG OR BREAKING THE CASE ABOUT A SUPREME COURT CASE’S BRIEFING
I REMEMBER WELL WHEN FRANK WAS TOUTING HIS CASE BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT…AND THEN IT WAS LOST AND LOST BADLY….
AND THE ORDINANCE WAS TROUNCED…
BUT THERE ARE MANY MANY EXAMPLES OF HOW FRANK…”THE PROFESSOR”….WORKED HIS ‘TOUTED SELF-PROCLAIMED ‘BRILLIANT” MAGIC UPON THE LOCAL BAR ASSOCATION AND THE COURTS IN THE COUNTY
MANY YEARS…WELL, BEFORE CALAMITY JANE
EVER APPEARED ON THE SLEEZY SCENE OF TRINITY AND THEN THE COURT HOUSE STEPS…APPEARED IN TOWN…
AND IF YOU BUILD IT…HAROLD…..THEY MEANING THE MAINSTREAM BLOGGERS AND MEDIA…JUST MAYBE…
AND IF THEY…THEN THE TRUE JUSTICE DEPT….JUST MAY COME…..MAYBE
BUT MAKE SURE…HAROLD
IN YOUR VERY CONCISE AND CLEAR AND WELL SUPPORTED ANALYSIS WHICH IS VERY VERY POSITIVE TO SEE AND KNOW SOMEONE WITH YOUR CAPACITY IS WRITING ABOUT
UNDERSTAND THE KINDS OF MONEY AND KINDS OF POWERFUL INTERESTS….’THE FIRM’ REPRESENTS
ITS “CHINA TOWN JAKE”……
AND …NO…I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT GUYS W FEDORAS AND TOMMMY GUNS AND/OR EVEN MODERN DAY CEMENT CONRACTS
I’M TALKIKNG ABOUT ….MAJOR MAJOR INSURSANCE INDUSTRY KINDS OF MONEY…REAL WALL STREET LEVEL LARGE LAW FIRM LEVEL KINDS OF MONETARY INTEREST
WHO CAN MAKE OR BREAK….EVEN OHIO ATTORNEY GENERALS AND THIER “FIRST YEAR OUT OF LAW SCHOOL” STAFFERS…
AND GOVERNORS…AND …LETS JUST ADD FOR GOOD MEASURE
SOME VERY WELL CONNECTED TOLEDO OHIO….
HIGH, VERY HIGH…SUPREME COURT ETHICS PROSECUTORS…AND JUDGES….
WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN?
ITS….HAROLD….ALL IN THE FAMILY..THESE DAYS….
SO, IF YOU VALUE YOUR LAW LICENSE…AND I’M SPEAKIKNG FROM EXPERIENCE, NOT THREATS…
AT ALL…I VALUE YOUR STATEMENTS HERE TRULY TRULY DO…
JUST BE VERY VERY CAREFUL….WHEN WE ALL SPEAK ABOUT…CALAMITY JANE AND HER LITTLE TRIPS
UP THE HILL WITH DICK …
COMING BACK DOWN W/ A LAW LICENSE IN HAND…BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY ..INSURANCE INDUSTRY PROCEEDS
Get back on your meds dude!
SRY FOR THE MANY TYPOS….IN THIS….I TRULRY APOLOGIZY…ITS THE DAMN CATS FAULT !..TOBY COME HERE!!!
AND I AGAIN…THERE NEEDS TO BE A CLEAR LINE OF DEMARCATION…YETS THE PUBLIC FUNDS AND UNDEMOCRATIC
[OR IS THAT DEMOCRATIC PARTY WITH A SMALL D..HERE IN BRUZZESSVILE? LOL]….
MEANS OF CONTROL….ARE SO VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO DETAIL AND REVEAL
BUT THE POWERFUL IN COLUMBUS AND OTHER MAJOR CENTERS OF CONTROL….WHO KNOW WHY SUCH A THING CAN HAPPEN INSIDE A LEGAL WORLD TODAY…
AND ITS NOT NOT UNCOMMON, AND ONLY LIMITED TO THIS SMALL TOWNS’ “THE FIRM”
HAS TO DO…W THOSE IN HIGH PLACES, MUCH MUCH HIGHER THAN JEFF CO BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND ASSISTANCT PROSECUTORS OFFICES
WHO HAVE ALSO “MUTUAL INTERESTS AND FRIENDS”
I DON’T PERSONALLY HAVE ANY ISSUE WITH THE FIRM’S PARTNERS AND NEVER HAVE PERSONALLY….
AND DON’T EVEN KNOW CALAMITY JANE….
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC SOCIETY AND MEANS OF SOCIAL CONTROL AND EVEN POLICE STATE LIKE DOMINATION OVER A REGION….ONE THAT IS MY HOMETOWN…
IT DOES BEGIN TO BECOME …’EVERYMAN’S’ BUSINESS…AT LEAST…IN A NATION…
THAT DOESN’T WANT TO CREATE THE OLD WORLD….INSIDE THE NEW….OR….AN INSURANCE INDUSTRY SUPPRESSED REALITY….
THEN AGAIN…ITS ABOUT 70 YRS TO LATE FOR THAT IN THIS ANCIENT FORRESTED, AND DEEPLY HISTORICAL REGION OF THE UPPER OHIO RIVER AREA OF THE NATION…
…AND AGAIN…ITS THE MUNICIPAL LIABLITY [THINK AIG, TOO BIG TOO FAIL]
THAT TRULY DOESN’T CARE WHO CONTROLS WHAT IN BIG OR SMALL TOWN AMERICA OR WHAT LEGAL ETHICS ARE OR ARENT OR WHAT GRAND JURY INVESTIGATIONS CAN OR CAN’T DO…
…AS LONG AS INSURANCE DEFENSE ORIENTED JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS AND MANY OTHERS…ARE FIRMLY IN THEIR HOSPITAL ADMINSTRATORS OFFICE SECRETARIAL POSITIONS
[I JUST LOVE AS YOU CAN TELL..THE WHOLE NARRATIVE OF “JANE’S RISE /WILL TO POWER” ITS ALMOST WELL…NIETZCHEIAN IN SCOPE…FOR A SMALL TOWN GIRL… TO MAKE IT THAT HIGH!]
[LETS JUST SAY…AUSTIN POWERS WOULD HAVE DESCRIBED JANE AS “THE VILLAGE BICYCLE” …BUT ITS ALL IN JEST AND WE’RE TALKING PUBLIC FIGURE HERE..SO FRANK…CALM DOWN..THE NEW YORK TIMES CASE ALLOWS ME TO DO SOME SERIOUS ROGUE WRITING HERE AND HOPEFULLLY, DESPITE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE TOPICS AT HAND WHICH BROUGHT ALL THIS TO LIGHT…
EVEN GENERATE SOME MUCH NEEDED HUMAN PERSPECTIVE AND POSSIBLY LAUGHTER HERE ABOUT SUCH AN “INSERTED PUBLIC FIGURE”
YES.. JANE IS VERY “MALABLE” AND AT TIMES “FIRM”
…AND EVEN VERY “EASY” TO TALK ABOUT
SINCE…WE HAVE SOMETHING CALLED THE TRUE 1ST AMENDMENT
WHICH DOESN’T SUPPORT THE KINDS OF CENSORHIP OF FREE SPEECH YOU CREATED FOR THE GOOD FOLKS OF STRATTON…AND THE SUPREMES SO COMPLETELY CRUSHED AND FOUND ..NOT JUST UNCONSITUTIONAL BUT LITERALLY REPULSIVE AS JUSTICE STEPHENS…A REAL BRILLIANT LEGAL MIND…OPINED
[YES…ITS FUN TO LIVE IN A LAND..WHERE POKING FUN AT PUBLIC FIGURES IS …ACTUALLY ….ALLOWED AND ALMOST…INVITED…JUST ASK JAY LENO…AND LETTERMAN IF THEY APPRECIATE THE FIRST…]
..THE WINTERSVILLE HEADLINES WHEN JANE BECAME PROSECUTOR OUGHT TO HAVE READ…’LOCAL SECRETARY AT TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER BECOMES COUNTY PROSECUTOR IN RECORD TIME!!
..HOMETOWN PARTY GIRL…DOES GOOD!!!]
…I WOULD SUGGEST SHE JUST LEAVE OFFICE NOW….AND SHE WOULD HAVE A GREAT, I MEAN GREAT
REALITY TV SHOW…PERHAPS OFFERED TO HER…IF SHE GETS OUT NOW
IT COULD BE CALLED
“THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, OHIO”
NOW….THERE’S A THOT…..I THINK I’M GOING TO SEEK SOME ADVICE AT THE ONE LAW FIRM IN TOWN
WHO JUST MAY HAVE SOME CONNECTIONS TO MAKE THIS KIND OF THING HAPPEN!
…OR IS IT ABOUT 70 YEARS TOO LATE FOR THAT??
AGAIN, THE TYPOS WERE….ALL THE CATS FAULT..(YES TOBY MY CAT DID THEM ALL! BAD CAT!)
.AND I SO APOLOGIZE FOR THEM….ITS …PLAIN [AS JANE’S] UNSEEMLY
BUT AT LEAST MY TYPOS ….ARE NOT COVERED UP….
I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that was both very entertaining and depressing at the same time but please do continue to post here as I look forward to the comments posted by both you and Harold.
DEAR InSTA KARMA:
As I was filing my research and documents away regarding Steubenville/Jefferson County its politics and history of corruption, your posts came online regarding much of the same information I had uncovered or alreay had in my files. So, rather than let the research and documentation go to waste, I have decided to set forth information which seems to coincide and affirm much of what you have posted. I will start with Steubenville/Jefferson County right after the second world war (1946) and provide you with some interesting documentation. Since some items are no longer availalabe to the general public, please note that what I say, therefore, must be considered a work of fiction. The views and expressions set forth below are purley those of the author. Any resemblence to any person alive or dead are purely coincidental. The expressions set forth are only opinion as protected by the 1st Amendment Right of Free Speech. Oppossing views are encouraged and welcomed. Any such opposing views and opinions should take precedence over my views and opinions, and such would constitute a retraction of my views and opinons.
THE TREE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE APPLES
(A working title)
In order to better understand the history of organized crime and corruption in Steubenville/Jefferson County, one should attempt to read a bood entitled TWELVE AGAINST THE UNDERWORLD by Norman E. Nygarrd published in 1947.
That book is available on reserve at the Steubenville Public Library and cannot be removed from the premises. It can, however, be photocopied at the libarary. It may also be available on microfilm.
The book entails and documents the struggle and attempts of 12 ministers to “clean up” the organized crime elements in Steubenville/Jefferson County. Author Nygaard was born in 1897 and died in 1971. Obviously, he had a great deal of knowledge about Steubenville.
Unfortuanately, the organized crime and corruption never ended in Steubenville/Jeffeson County although the names and faces of those involved changed. Usually, however, the same “families” through the generations continued in the traditions left by their fathers.
With this setting in mind, on February 12, 1932 a man named Hugo Alexander, a graduate of Ohio State University Law School was admitted as a lawyer to the Ohio State Bar. He set up his practice in Steubenville, Ohio. His offices were run out of Steubenville’s City Annex Bldg, now since destroyed.
Attorney Alexander became a powerful legal and political force in the City of Steubenville. He had his hands in and on everything. He was known throught Ohio and the United States as a great lawyer, strategist and ran an organization feared by all. In all the time he was involved in various ventures and legal matters in Steubenville and Jefferson County, he was always able to avoid any sanctions or repercussions from his peers in the organized Ohio Bar. Only one time were they forced to show any concern over him and that was on October 15, 1975 when he received a “public reprimand” from the Ohio Supreme Court.
Attorney Alexander was once the powerful chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic party. He was also once the elected Jefferson County Proscuting Attorney, a part-time position, which permitted him to maintain his law practice and other ventures. Attorney Alexander was the delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention from the then 18th Congressional District. Wayne L. Hayes was the long time congressman from that district which included Jefferon County. (The history of Wayne L. Hayes is readily available on the internet. That history is merely one more chapter of the envinroment in existence then (and now) in this section of Eastern Ohio.
Attorney Alexander amassed a fortune during his tenure as the Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman and his time as a lawyer. Some of his holdings include incorporations of the following business ventures: The Home Coal Co., incorporated January 31, 1946; The Coffee Club, incorporated June 5, 1953; Wisna Industries, Inc., incorporated February 6, 1978;Oho Valley Coal Co., incorporated April 3, 1981; Ohio Valley Land Develpment,Inc. incorporated April 28, 1980; Plaza of Ohio, Inc. incorporaed February 9, 1978; The Catholic Central Boosters Association of Steubenville, Inc., incorporatged on March 31, 1947; Peak and Co., incorporated on February 6 , 1978; Demestic Petroleum Corp., incorporated November 19, 1973; Ft. Steuben Associates, incorporated October 15, 1975; Four State Mining and Fuel Co., incorporated July 29, 1977; Alexander Development Co., Inc. Incorporated August 8, 1957; Anko Co., incorporated July 27, 1949; Better Brands Bee Distributers, Inc. incorporated June 20, 1957.
Attorney Alexander purchased an old and abonded race track and its land in Steubenville Ohio commonly known at the time as Buddies Field. He developed that area into an upscale residential neighborhood known as Alexander Manner.
If, in the “organized activity” field, Mr. Alexander was the Captain, he always surrounded himself with willing Lts. anxious to do his bidding and get in on the action. Anyone that wanted a job with the Democratic controlled county needed to get his approval.
In 1947, Joseph J. Bruzzese, Sr. graduated Ohio Northern Law School and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. He came to Steubenville and set up a private practice of law. He became associated with Attorney Alexander and attempted to follow in his footsteps. He ingraned himself in the Democratic Party machine and was rewarded for his loyalty. He never, however, rose above a loyal Lt. in the organization. He was always a wanna-be.
Attorney Bruzzese Sr. purchased a home on Fourth Street in Steubenville, Ohio across from the Carnegie (now Steubenville) Public Libarary where he raised his family, including two sons, Frank and Joseph, Jr. He became very active in local politics but never seemed to reach the pinacles of elected office. In 1980, his younger son, Joseph Jr. was elected a part-time county court judge.
Attorney Bruzzese Sr. attempted political office himself in approximately 1984 when he ran for Jefferson County Probate/Juvenile Judge upon the retirement of long serving Judge John R. Spon.
The plan, at the time, was for Attorney Bruzzese, Sr. to be elected to that six year position, serve one term, increase his public employees retirement benefits with a large judicial salary and then help orchestrate the election of county court Judge Samuel Kerr to that position.
Joseph J. Bruzzese, Sr., however lost the democratic primary, which included a large field, to an attorney named Gary Hallock. Hallock became a marked man and in the next election six years later, the “organization” was able to defeat Hallock and have Samuel Kerr elected.
Bruzzese, Sr., however, did not want for extra income through his connections with the democratic party. He was appointed to a well paying taxpayer supported environmental agency run by democratic political cronnies. He was placed on the payroll as their attorney, a position which required no work but good pay. That agency called The North Ohio Valley Air Authority went up in smoke and dismanded after it was discovered by federal authorities that it was shrouded in corruption and kick- backs.
The director of that agency, Richard Canestrao, the former Jefferson County Auditor and a former Jefferson County Democratic Chairman was convicted of federal crimes along with various other individuals, one of whom was the democratic nominee for Jefferson County Commmissioner in the past 2012 general election. The Canestraro case can be found in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. RICHARD W. CANESTRARO, 282 F. 3d 427.
Keeping in mind that THE TREE (PATRIARCH) DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE APPLES (SONS) a few incidents involving Bruzzese Jr. are worth mentioning.
When Bruzzese, Jr. joined his father’s law firm, that firm, and in particular, Jr took on a client named Joseph Scugozo who sought to open a landfill in Jefferson County, Ohio known as CrossRidge Landfill. Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. was relentless in his representation of Mr. Scugozo. To this day, Mr. Scugozo and CrossRidge Landfill are in court proceedings brought by the Ohio Attorney General and others for violation of Ohio’s Evironmental Laws. A check of the recent Jefferson County Ohio Court docket will reveal the pending actions and decisions on those matters.
Interesting to note, one Common Pleas Judge that is hearing the attorney general’s compliants and lawsuits against Scugozo and CrossRidge is Common Pleas Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. There has been no stepping aside by him based upon prior representation or conflicts. As a matter-of-fact, during one recent hearing Mr. Scugozo appeared on a contempt matter without an attorney. The Judge, his former attorney, took him and the representative from th A.G.’s office into his chambers and worked out a deal.
The relationship of Scugozo, landfills, organized crime and attorneys who have helped them is set forth in a book called SPACE, TIME AND ORGANIZED CRIME, Second Addition by Alan R. Block, copyright 1994. On page 237 of the book, the following is written:
“OHIO PROVIDES A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF ORGANIZED CRIMINALS MOVING WEST FROM NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH NEW DUMPING SITES. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 1988, OHIO’S ATTORNEY GENERAL ANTHONY J. CELEBREZZE, JR. EXPOSED MOTHODS EMPLOYED BY A MAJOR NEW JERSEY RACKETEER TO OBTAIN A LANDFILL SITE IN HIS STATE. THROUGH THE USE OF A “FRONT MAN” AND LOCAL OHIO ATTORNEYS, RACKETEER JOSPH SCUGOZO BOUGHT THE CROSSRIDGE LANDFILL IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, OHIO.”
In 1981, Joseph, Jr. became a county court judge. In 1986, an attorney from Dillonvale, Ohio named Larry Booth challenged him in the general election. Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. won the election. Attorney Larry Booth has paid the price of such arrogance in challenging the “machine” and barely survives to this day on his private law practice.
When Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. decided to run for election in 1996 for the seat being vacated by retired Common Pleas Judge Domichk E. Olivito, he found no opposition except for a well respected attorney named Casimire Adulewicz. Adulewicz, the more experience attorney and a long time former assistant prosecuting attorney, was a court magistrate for Common Pleas Judge John J. Mascio, Sr. and also a court magistrate for Juvenile Judge Samuel Kerr.
Upon learning that Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. was facing opposition, Common Pleas Judge John J. Mascio, Sr. gave Attorney Adulewicz an ultimatum. Don’t run against Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. for common pleas court or lose your job as a magistrate. Attorney Adulewicz ran for the office and was immediately dischargeD as the magistrate of Judge Mascio.
Judge Mascio is another story in itself. He was the former law director for the City of Steubenville until he was elected Common Pleas Judge in 1984. In the election just prior for Common Pleas Judge, Mascio was challenged for law director by an attorney named Anthony DiCarlintonio. Mascio, the long term law director was almost beat by newcomer DiCarlintonio.
DiCarlintonio became law director after Mascio took the bench. DiCarlinto was later convicted in Federal Court along with the Steubenville Fire Chief for taking kick-backs. He was disbarred.
Mascio has been publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for his conduct while serving as a Common Pleas Court Judge.
One other revealing matter as to the Tree Not Falling Far From the Apples can be found in the cse of DREAMA DUNN v. JUDGE JOSEPH J. BRUZZESE, JR. found in 172 Ohio App. 3d 320 decided in 2007.
The Facts of the case set forth in the Appellate Court Opinion state in part: “In 1983, Dunn began working as a legal secretary in Judge Bruzzese’s law firm. During this time, she was assigned as the legal secretary to four of the firm’s six attorneys, including Judge Bruzzese. Prior to Dunne’s employment at the firm, Judge Bruzzese was elected to a part-time judicial position on the Jeffeson County Court.” When Dunn expressed a desire for better benefits, in 1991, Judge Bruzzese made her a part-time employee of the county court system as his secretary, in part to prevent her from finding another job. Over the course of her employment with the law firm, Judge Bruzzese complimented her work and told her he always wanted her to be his secretary.”
IN OTHER WORDS, AS REVEALED IN OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS, JUDGE BRUZZESE USED THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF HIS JUDICIAL OFFICE TO USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO KEEP HIS PRIVATE PRACTICE LEGAL SECRETARY.
IT SAYS IT IN BLACK AND WHITE. Why not criminal charges for unlwaful interest in a public contract against Bruzzese? Why no disciplinary investigation? Why no reporting by the county auditor of improper payments. Dunn was a part-time secretary in name only in the county court only to receive extra salary and benefits (hospitalization, retirement, etc.)for staying with Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. and his law frim. The whole law firm is guilty of theft of public money.
The case goes on to explain the relationship between Dunn and Bruzzese. “IN NOVEMBER 1996, Judge Bruzzese ws elected to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas, and Dunn became his judicial secretary. * * * During Dunn’s employment at the courthouse, Judge Bruzzese complimented her abilities and told her he always wanted her to be his secretary.”
The case goes on to report the alleged dysfunctional relationship that developed between Dunn and Bruzzese and delves into whether or not her eventaul firing by Bruzzese was justified Can you guess on whose side Judge Bruzzese’s brethren judges took?
Despite what is written or said in the court opinion, in reality (of course only opinion) everone knew that the two had a relationship that was more than secretary and employer. Have you ever seen the movie Fatal Attraction with Glen Close? The two had constant “hissy” fits. When it came time to pull the plug (on the job, not in their bathtub) it was not hard to find “witnesses” to testify against Drema Dunn and in favor of Judge Bruzzese. I wonder if any of those witnesses would have been former law partners of the Judge.
And so, the above would simply be the forward to the Book--THE TREE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE APPLES. After the dedication pages and disclaimers, the book would then go into more chapters about Steubenville/Jefferson County and its history of corruption, conflicts and cohorts.
But alas, that book won’t be written, because, it would entail thousands of pages and hundreds of chapters. Also, in reality, in Steubenville and Jefferson County, who cares. The bar association and public officials would surround the wagons and have public gatherings, protests and picknicks proclaiming SAVE OUR LAWYERS. Perhaps, even the Steubenville High School marching band could be there to play ROLL RED ROLL music.
Maybe centuries from now Charleton Heston and a crew from his space ship will crash land in what was once Steubenville and discover documents relative to the area. Unfortunately, unlike to movies, he will not find any evidence of intelligence.
Honestly, this is one of the most informed and substantially HEAVY threads I have read about the legal dealings and procedural things that “should have been done” in Steubenville, Ohio that I have ever read. Thank you so much, Harold Star, for your insights and obvious expertise.
Harold Star -WOW -- reading your posts has brought back so much information that I had forgotten over the years. Having been born and raised in the ville, I didn’t realize the “goings on” in my town were out of the ordinary. I believed every town in America was run the same way -- by a small,powerful group of individuals who did what they wanted, when they wanted, and with whomever they wanted. I was under the impression anyone in this country could head downtown to the local bar and put a few bucks on the games of the day. I think I might have been in my twenties before I realized gambling wasn’t legal. And ask anyone over the age of thirty where Judy lived and everyone could give you her address along with directions to her “house”. It was only after I left the area for a few years, that I realized how “unique” Steubenville life was. My greatest concern now is the protection provided to bookies and Judy in the past has expanded to include violent, horrible crimes. The leaders have continually looked the other way for so many years, they have effectively dug themselves and this county a hole none of us may be able to climb out of for years to come.
DEAR IknowSteubenville. Thanks for verifing some of my information previously posted. Some readers, not in the know about the history of Steubenville, actually, as you said “anyone under the age of thirty” will not know who Judy is or where she lived.
Judy was a woman named “Judy Jordan” who ran a “house”, aka brothel, in Steubenville, Ohio. Actually, at one time, on a street named Water Street, there were numerous such “houses.” Another well known madam at the times was a woman named Jane McQuade.
In the early days, the wide open vice and gambling was pretty much safe. Families would come to town to shop at department stores known as The Hub, Reiners, People’s Cothing and other establishments. There were numerous movie theaters and strip shows in town, the State Theater, The Capitol, The Paramont, The Grand, and many others. In Hugo Alexander’s day, the Jefferson County Democratic Headquarters was located in rooms above the Capitol Theater. An infamous shooting in the downtown and outbreaks of STDs eventually caused the downtown to become less open. That means, you had to enter thru side doors to establishments rather than front doors.
If you had access to Newspaper Archives, you could locate interesting news articles of the day about Steubenville. A front page article of June 21, 1968 in the Herald Star Newspaper (interesting name)has a small story about then Police Chief Robert C. Cornelius. Newspapers back then, like now, always had interesting stories about Steubenville. Steubenville then, as now received statewide attention, and national attention, for the character of its police, public officials, etc. Your memory is pretty good.
In an article in the Toledo Blade Newspaper of October 10, 1967 there is a story with the headline: CHIEF DRAWS PENALTY. The article reads: Steubenville, Oh (AP) “Police Chief Robert C. Cornelius withdrew his appeal of a 90 day suspension Monday and was suspended immediately by Mayor Andrew W. Miller, who contends that Chief Cornelius failed to end gambling in the six years that he was chief.”
The reason the appeal was withdrawn was that the Chief and his attorney, Joseph J. Bruzzese, Sr., did not want a public appeal hearing which would have exposed alleged improprieties in the Steubenville/Jefferson County political and legal establishment.
If your memory serves you right, you should remember Sheriff Dick Wells and his alleged “bag man” Pete Demos who ran a confectionary on Sunset Boulevard in Steubenville at what was known as “Cohen’s Curve” next to Miller Motors.
DISCLAIMER: As with other posts by the undersigned, the above is solely opinion and not fact. It is a work of fiction. Any resemblence to any person living or dead is purely coincidental. Opposing views and opinions are welcomed. Those opposing views and opinions take precedence over the within views and opinions and should act as a retraction of the undersigned’s views and opinions.
And there I was, wondering, why all Steubenville appears to be bound to the code of l’omertà.
Harold Star -- More memories -- totally let Dick Wells and Cornelius slip my mind. I have many more memories of the two Chiefs of Police that followed Cornelius: I believe they were Mavormatis and McCartney. The Mavormatis clan had several members on the police force and the fire department. Chief McCartney was a force to be with or was until the federal government stepped in and he retired to, I believe, a condo in Hilton Head, SC. I find it amazing how much the Sgts and Capts under these two chiefs were able to afford on a small town policeman’s salary. The police force must have had a heck of a money manager back in the day.
Harold, thanks so much for giving some background of this area that occurred before I moved here. The biggest misstep of those in power was the levy voted on for the new county jail and the financial shenanigans that doubled the cost of a 10m jail. There was no money left to fix the poor quality construction or even run the place. Since then, every levy placed on the ballot for maintenance or to run the jail has failed. Voters, in this instance, had had enough. Even though there was a hue and cry no one was ever prosecuted for those acts.
BTW-I find it very interesting that the county now has a ‘port authority.’ Very reminiscent of NOVAA.
Wow. The light is finally shining.
Frank, jane, sherrif, coach, rape crew, evil entities of Steubenville. Anonymous has unmasked you forever, you are trying to fight them with your old tools of threats, lies, torch bearing, pitchforks, misinformation and just plain stupidity. It’s a new age, you and your “good ole boys” tactics are obsolete. You and Steubenville will forever be known as home of the #RapeCrew and the corrupt officials behind them. The whole planet knows the truth, your “boys” broadcast it on youtube, Iphone, facebook and internet. It is there forever, the Mars Rover is watching it now. Go back to The Spot and pull the dirt back over you, you have been ErAsED!
Dear Harold Star (and fbooth) -- I think I love you
You are very brave (as are several others involved in this story). Having followed the events since December it is clear that ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark’, but if the truth comes out Steubenville will become a much better place. Keep up the good work -- you are amazing.
I’m doing my part to spread the word.
Thanks Anonymous and blog authors, what a history lesson. Now we know.
THE NEW COVER-UP PLOY!!
As much as I would like to take a leave of absence from the issues surrounding the Steubenville Rape Case and the alleged coverups and conflicts involving various power brokers in the community, I keep getting inundated with reliable information from various sources in the Steubenville/Jefferson County area.
The latest information came to me from a previously credibile and reliable attorney in Steubenville/Jefferson County. It once again deals with the Bruzzese/Hanlin cabal of conspirators and their war strategies.
Frank Bruzzese, the puppet master and mastermind behing the overtaking by him,his associates and law firm of almost every political and legal position in Jefferson County is not by chance.
As others have attested to, Mr. Bruzzese is no dummy. Harvard Law or Yale Law professor smart may be debatable.
In his younger days he boxed in the golden gloves. He knows strategy and is a great tactican. He orchestrated his “family’s” control and rise to power masterfully. He attacked and conquered without any resistance from the legal community because he and his cohorts held him out as a genious and the savior of the legal profession in Jefferson County.
Frank Bruzzese is a student of the book called THE ART OF WAR. It is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tlu, a high ranking military general, strategist and tactician.
If you recall some of his public posts through his face book, he referred to this manuscript.
Being the tactican he his, he realized early on that there was too much documentation about him and his minions to flat out deny the implications of his political power grabs and their implications.
So, he has begun using THE ART OF WAR tactics. The book notes that “war is like fire, people who do not lay down their arms will die by their arms.”
On January 7, 2013, Frank Bruzzese publicly posted: DO WE PROTECT OUR KIDS? DO WE?
The intent was to try to change the story line of Occupy Steubenville and the valiant effort of concerned and honorable people to defend the victim of crime and expose corruption. Instead, he helped orchestrate th recent Stand Up for Our Youth Rally. Although billed as a “no taking sides” rally of the “good people” of our valley, in reality, it was a great deflection tactic from the real issues.
He succeeded in what he was attempting to do. The local media covered the event. They interviewed people. Public officals were quoted. It was simply a great love fest.
Now, based upon that purported success, it appears that Mr. Bruzzese has come up with a follow-up art of war plan.
As the local attorney who called me stated, there is now a movement (perhps a bm-bowel movement) being orchestrated to call a special meeting of the Jefferson County Bar Association. Members of his SS Squad have been quietly suggesting to the everyday lawyer members of the legal community that it is their duty to STAND UP FOR OUR LAWYERS, JUDGES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS. In otherwords: DO WE PROTECT OUR LAWYERS? DO WE?
The ploy being hatched works this way. Various “big wigs” in the lawyer association call upon the weaker lawyer members (which ranges from 98 to 99%) to inform them that is their duty to protect the integrity of their judges and public officials. The reason they are called “big wigs” is because their heads are so small and their brains so miniscule that they need to cover them with big wigs.The weaker lawyers are reminded that they are being watched and groomed for political office, appointments, and various other gratuties that can be bestowed upon them by grateful powers running the county. These weak lawyers are also being reminded about being a team player. They are not so subtlely reminded that they are being observed (watched)
The attorney that spoke to me says that he and others in the legal community do not like the shake down but are left with little choice. They don’t want to ruin their law practice.
The way the Stand Up For Lawyers ploy would work is for the special meeting of the Jefferson County Bar Association to be called to order. It will probably be a luncheon meeting so as to break bread together. Some reverand will be called in to give the blessing over the food ad bless the organized bar. After the magnificent luncheon, an older member of the bar association will give the speech about how the legal profession is being attacked by outsiders. He wil explain how the lawyers have an ethical duty to defend our respected officials and all lawyers in general. This lawyer will make some references to poor Jane Hanlin, Frank Bruzzese and his law firm, Judge Bruzzese and Judge Kerr, etc. The cabal will just sit back and pretend that hadn’t any idea that this was going to take place. They will become teary eyed and chocked up. Jane Hanlin will cry, and some attorneys will come forward to comfort and hug her (not the ones who had done that before though).
There will then be a vote of confidence for the elected officials: Prosecutors, Judges, Police, Sheriff, etc.
Then a prepared resolution will be read for the entire bar association to endorse honoring the county’s lawyers, and public officials.
As any resolution it will be written in paragraphs with the words: WHEREAS..before each sentence. It will finish up by saying LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED THIS ____ DAY OF____ THAT:
The media will be invited to the luncheon so they can report on the solidarity of the local lawyers and their satisfaction with those associated with the Bruzzese cabal.
No local reporter will have the nerve to write anything derrogatory about the resolution or meeting.
Perhaps one media source from outside the area could report the story with a spelling error. Instead of reporting that the lawyer association set forth a lot of WHERE ASES about themselves, they signed a resolution saying numers times WERE ASSES.
I’m disgusted that all these people came out to support the “innocent kids” yet they couldn’t come out to support the rape victim. If it wasn’t for all those “innocent kids” refusing to help the victim that night wouldn’t of turned out as bad as it did. If a photo was seen online or sent to their phone then a parent or other adult should have been told and the police informed. Those in attendance at any of those parties should have went to the police when they asked people to come forward. All those “innocent kids” that knew this was going on yet refused to help the victim aren’t so innocent. What is wrong with these people, how are they raising their children? What kind of values and morals are required to be an influential member of Jefferson County’s society? If this is how they operate I’m happy being working-class.
I do want to clarify because I know there are some students that are actually innocent and I do think it is unfair for them to be targeted as being guilty for no real reason. This again goes back to the adults in the situation, had the right thing been done to begin with, this story wouldn’t of gotten the attention it has. Every boy that tweeted something harassing toward the victim and those boys in the video should have been suspended from football yet they weren’t. The superintendent McVey says he’s been in contact with Law Enforcement since August so why were they not suspended then? Sheriff Abdalla said during an interview with Joey Ortega that the investigation was pretty much wrapped up in 5-6 days so there was nothing for him to do so that means within 5-6 days the police had already watched the video and had seen the online postings. Although, now we have to contend with Crosier who gave this interview to the New York Times:
In an interview last month, Crosier maintained that he was not aware of what might have happened to the girl, even with all of the talk in the town, until three Big Red athletes testified in early October. At the same time, he said that he might have read the online petition that called for a public apology from the players and the team. He said that if he had, he had not thought much of it.
Really? Sheriff Detectives show up on the football field, two “star athletes” were arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping, and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and the principal doesn’t know why? Incompetent is the only adjective that comes to mind when thinking about that man. After their testimony he did bench them 8 games into a 10 game season. Westlake posted the video to YouTube, Craig was in the video, and Saltsman posted various harassing things online about the victim(Tagging her account in the process guaranteeing that she see the filth those boys posted). Westlake, Craig, and Saltsman should have been suspended form extra-curricular activities in August. Saltsman, oddly enough, was never benched. The school dropped the ball big time but I guess we are supposed to use Reno’s philosophy huh? They did’t think they did anything wrong so they can’t be held accountable.
Finally, a pleasurable read on this case.
RATTLEMANKIND is an anagram for the name phrase TRENT AND MALIK … while ABSOLVE A FOUL BELITTLEMENT is a very haunting anagram of STEUBENVILLE FOOTBALL TEAM. When folks can’t seem to tell the truth, I tend to look for it through the wisdom of anagrams.
I just noticed the idiot arguing that a grand jury can not be used. If a grand jury can’t be used then why would sheriff Abdalla during an interview on behind the yellow tape with Joey Ortega say Jane Hanlin has the ability to subpeona people to the grand jury? This interview was very early on in the investigation and is probably still available. I’m betting Harold and sheriff Abdalla know better.
I don’t want to get into politics, but since, hopefully, Jane Hanlin will see the handwriting on the wall and resign as prosecutor before she gets disbarred and thrown out, why not start considering a viable replacement not of the Bruzzese cabal?
Maybe go back to the future and put in Bryan Felemt who was orchestrated out of office by the Bruzzese bunch back in 2004. I haven’t heard anything negative about him. I think he is still around and practicing law. He and his wife are very much involved in real community service projects.
I think he is a Republican, however and the appointment goes to the Democrats. That would mean another Bruzzese set up since Frank Bruzzese and John Abdalla control the democratic party and the board of elections. If it must be a democrat, then how about Attorneys Joe Corabi (a county court judge); Mike Bednar (a county court judge); Gary Hallock,( a former Juvenile Judge and Assistant Prosecutor);Casimire Adulewicz (a Juvenile Court Magistrate and former assistant prosecutor); Chris Becker (a former assistant prosecutor and Village of Wintersville Law Director); or Metta Bass Lyons (a Common Pleas Court Magistrate.)
If it has to be a democratic appointment, then Frank Bruzzese and John Abdall should resign their political posts first so as to avoid another Jefferson County Democratic Pary appointment based upon nepotism; incestual relationships or vested interests.
WOW, what an education by Harold Star (HS). I first set foot in Steubenville in 1975 and later worked in state government in Columbus so I thought I knew where the bodies were buried. However, I learned quite a bit from reading HS’s posts. I pray some good ultimately will result from the veil being lifted on a very ugly incident and the so-called adults who are in charge of things in Steubenville.