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Justice for Jake tops 20K

Register • Jun 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

An anti-corruption group started after the March 2012 shooting death of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios hit a high-water mark Wednesday: 20,000 "likes" at its Facebook page.

The group supports families that contend law enforcement officials in Sandusky County are corrupt. 

The Justice for Jake and Ella Facebook page was flooded with "likes" and inquiries this week when two episode of the "Dr. Phil" program about the death of Limberios were re-broadcast on national TV. 

"We are trying to answer each one of your comments and messages," a post Tuesday evening at Justice for Jake and Ella page states, responding to the inquiries.

By 8 a.m. today the "likes" count was at 20,300.

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Supporters of the Limberios family have been joined by other families, including the Burdines of Oak Harbor, in a petition drive to Gov. John Kasich seeking to remove Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer and county Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt from office.  

Kasich has ignored the petition, citing elections as the appropriate venue for the removal of elected officials despite a state law cited in the petition that gives the Ohio governor power to take action. 

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has been investigating the 2007 jailhouse death of Craig Burdine since August, but the Burdine family fears DeWine intends to no-bill a grand jury by withholding evidence and testimony from grand jurors.

DeWine has walked away from two previous grand juries in Sandusky County without indictments that were investigating actions by Sandusky County law enforcement.

The grand jury hearing evidence in the Burdine case has been meeting about once a week since May 6, but DeWine's lead prosecutor, Matt Donahue, has called few, if any, witnesses directly involved in the circumstances that led to Burdine's death. It is expected to re-convene on Monday. 

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The Justice for Jake and Ella group is organizing a protest rally at a planned political event June 22 for DeWine's re-election bid at Dewine's home in Cedarville, Ohio.

The group has staged protests and a grand jury watch at the Sandusky County courthouse since the Burdine hearings were started in early May.

DeWine told the Register in March he intended to review information the families have provided, but he never later provided any response or comment about the findings of that review. 

DeWine also has had no comment on a host of other investigations, and spefic questions directly related to his intentions concerning the potential for criminal indictments in Burdine's death.

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