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Conflicted special prosecutor should step down; listen to the recording

Matt Westerhold • Apr 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

If you've been following the articles about the Jacob Limberios death investigation, be sure to take the time to listen to a recording of Sandusky County sheriff's deputy Sean O'Connell "interviewing" a "witness."

O'Connell rambles for about 72 minutes, explaining his findings that Jake Limberios was holding the gun that killed him. O'Connell displays a level of "professionalism" that must include strategies of providing witnesses with false information and contradictory information. His comments about DNA evidence and tissue samples are void of any scientific basis.

Listen to the recording by clicking on the player to the right

He even talks a bit about the game Russian Roulette, and suggests he knows how it is played.

Special prosecutor Dean Henry has offered comment on the professionalism of the lawyer representing the Limberios family, as well as reporters and editors at newspapers actually covering this story.

But he hasn't commented on Sandusky County officials, who appear to have conducted a substandard investigation, destroyed evidence and created other problems in their hasty finding 13 months ago that Jake committed suicide but it might have been an accident.

Listen to the O'Connell in the player to the right and it's not difficult to conclude that nothing has changed. Substandard work might be the only kind of work this agency is capable of performing, 

Henry's oblivious to his own conflicted role as both prosecutor and defense counsel, and it seem he thinks his job is to clear deputies of any wrongdoing and button this up with a nice tidy bow. 

Henry should step down. And any public officials with the power to force him out should acknowledge his conflicted role and ask him to immediately step down as the prosecutor and request an independent criminal investigation. This is a no-brainer.

A protest rally is planned for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Sandusky County Courthouse. For more information go to the Justice for JAKE Facebook page, which offers a map and directions to the courthouse in Fremont. 

The Register will be covering the rally live. 


What: Protest rally against Sandusky County officials involved in the Jacob Limberios investigation
When: 9 a.m. Thursday
Where: Sandusky County Courthouse, 128 N. Park Ave., Fremont
Why: Limberios family and friends want an independent investigation because county officials have failed to produce

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