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Opinion: So who cares, anyway?

Anonymous • Jul 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Excerpt from Westerhold's Between the Lines column in the Sunday Register:

Sandusky County Prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt did have a sense of urgency; he seems to have decided it was urgently necessary to make the matter go away.

It was one hot potato, and Stierwalt tossed the whole mess to the Ohio Attorney General’s office for review, rather than make any determination about anything that might have happened.

Stierwalt must have been too busy, or maybe he didn’t want to dirty his hands wading through yet another mess created under Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer’s stellar leadership. And, after all, boys will be boys.

The staff at Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office must be real busy, too. More than six months after it allegedly occurred, it’s not clear whether DeWine has even been made aware of the incident. His staff of attorneys have spent months trying to determine whether the office has any jurisdiction, and whether to even look at the reports of the incident.

Perhaps the Ohio AG’s staff of lawyers and the investigators at state Bureau of Criminal Investigation are still too busy fighting the corruption in Cuyahoga County that was rampant and went unaddressed for more than 30 years. No, that’s not it. It was the U.S. Department of Justice — not the Ohio AG’s office — that finally swooped in, arrested and later convicted dozens of corrupt government employees and the private contractors who did business with them, and forced reform in that county’s government.

No sense of urgency on that one, either, for the pre-DeWine Ohio AG office and its staff, or for Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason’s office. The corruption in the county went on for years and years right under Mason’s nose. But don’t blame Mason. At one time he provided a plausible explanation for the oversight: Nobody ever told him about any corruption, or stuff like that, and he and his staff of lawyers never saw anything amiss.

Boys will be boys.

But here’s the good news: The 21-year-oldschizophrenic inmate who was allegedly sexually exploited by two jail guards for more than six hours isn’t your daughter, or your sister, your aunt, or your cousin.

So who cares?

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