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DeWine and Wukie: Best buds keep secrets

Matt Westerhold • May 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM

It's likely Sandusky County Coroner John Wukie knows it.

It's apparent Ohio Attorny General Mike DeWine does.

DeWine's Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agent Charlie Snyder has it.

And so does the Mr. Dual Roles himself, defense attorney and extra special criminal prosecutor Dean Henry.

But it's still a big secret, and DeWine intends to keep it that way.

DeWine's office cited this exemption as the reason for keeping Sandusky County coroner John Wukie's secret: Disclosing his email address “would endanger the life or physical safety of law enforcement personnel, a crime victim, a witness, or a confidential information source.”

DeWine is being so thoughtful. If the public knew Wukie's public email address bad guys might go there and hurt him. Bad guys might go to his email address and hurt him.

The exemption does allow private home addresses of law enforcement personnel to be kept confidential. It is a legitimate exemption in the Ohio Revised Code. But really? The Ohio Attorney General's office is abusing the exemption by suggesting a public email address is the same as an address of a specific, physical location.

DeWine is delegitimizing the exemption, and he delegitimizes the office of attorney general, making excuse after excuse in what seems like a never-ending quest to ignore potential wrongdoing by police and prosecutors and endorse incompetence.

Wukie hasn't returned a phone call from the Register in years and he keeps his email address under wraps. He's the ultimate dodger, ducker, bobber and weaver when it comes to keeping the public informed of the public's business.

Wukie's private lawyer, super-duper defense attorney/criminal prosecutor “Dual Dean” Henry, and DeWine, both look to be running a hard race to be "No. 1: Most Disappointing Public Official of the Year."

But that's just my opinion; it's really not up to me.

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