The Sept. 4 Register Viewpoint titled: “Victim’s family wouldn’t give up on justice”, is another “here we go again” example of the unbridled misrepresentation of facts by this newspaper and its editor.
In the McGovern case, the Register is representing that somehow McGovern’s arrest was delayed based in part on a “flawed” warrant issued by this Office. This is false. McGovern was indicted on November 8th, 2006 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on November 13th, 2006. He was arrested in California on Dec. 21, 2006; just 37 days after the arrest warrant was issued. He remained in the Erie County Jail until his trial three weeks ago. The warrant caused absolutely no delay in the U.S. Marshall’s Office perfecting an arrest on McGovern. Once it was communicated to the Prosecutor’s Office that McGovern was located outside of the State of Ohio, the Prosecutor’s Office immediately guaranteed that it would pursue extradition. There was no delay in his arrest, based upon the arrest warrant, once his whereabouts were determined. The Register is straining at gnats to create a story.
Now let’s talk about the real story. McGovern was convicted through the hard work of skilled assistant prosecutors in this office and sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms. A success by anyone’s standards, including the victim’s mother who stated to the reporter covering this case that the prosecutors working the case were “angels sent from heaven.”
Only the Sandusky Register could somehow turn this into a negative story line.
Kevin J. Baxter
Erie County Prosecutor