Sandusky County special prosecutor Dean Henry represents both the state of Ohio in an ongoing investigation into the cause of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios’ shooting death and, in a related civil case, the coroner who ruled it a suicide.
Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey says Henry's dual role is an obvious conflict of interest, but Henry refuses to discuss it.
Ohio State University law professor Arthur Greenbaum, an expert in professional responsibility, said as a prosecutor it’s Henry’s duty to remain neutral — to seek only justice.
But as Sandusky County Coroner John Wukie’s attorney in the civil suit, it’s Henry’s duty, by law, to represent Wukie’s best interest.
After an autopsy in September, a private forensic pathologist, Dr. Cyril Wecht, concluded Jacob’s death was a homicide.
If Henry, acting as a prosecutor, recognizes that conclusion, he’d be contradicting his client, Wukie, in the civil case.
“I don’t have enough facts to be able to state whether this is conflict of interest,” Greenbaum said. “But this would certainly seem like one.”
Two other lawyers were less hesitant. Get their reaction in today's Register. Click here for the ePaper, for home delivery or buy a Register daily at a newsstand near you.
Henry refuses to release reports and other information to the Limberios family, and is withholding public documents citing exemptions in the Ohio Revised Code. If he does release the report it will be posted here at sanduskyregister.com.