REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Taxpayers can't see taxpayer-funded investigation

We are disappointed Attorney General Richard Cordray won't release the report into allegations of cocaine use by Erie County Prosecu
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We are disappointed Attorney General Richard Cordray won't release the report into allegations of cocaine use by Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter.

We've heard about the document because an undercover narcotics agent testified about it at Kim Nuesse's Civil Service hearing. The agent testified there was no probable cause to press charges because the witness could only testify to incidents which took place several years ago.

We want to see the document, but Cordray's office says it's not public -- because of the "high probability that an uncharged suspect's identity would be revealed."

Was that Baxter? If that's the case, says Tim Smith, chairman of the Media Law Center at Kent State University, then that concern is moot, because Baxter revealed his own identity, admitting during the hearing he was investigated.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Attorney General's office says the results of a taxpayer-funded investigation into a taxpayer-paid and powerful public official shouldn't be shown to the taxpayers.

You don't have to like Baxter, dislike him or even know him to be bothered by that.