Grand jury to convene Tuesday

In undated court order, judge declares all documents, including his order and all subpoenas, be kept sealed
Register
Oct 30, 2013

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A special Sandusky County grand jury will begin to hear evidence about the March 2012 death of Jacob Limberios as early as Tuesday. 

An undated court order from visiting judge Dale Crawford instructs investigators and attorneys involved to keep all documents under seal. 

"The purpose of this grand jury is to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the death of Jacob Limberios," Crawford's order states. "The clerk of courts shall keep this entry and all other documents related to this grand jury under seal until further ordered by the court." 

Public disclosure of grand jury testimony is prohibited by law, but information about who is called to testify is generally available in court documents during grand jury proceedings.

The results of multiple investigations by the Sandusky County sheriff's office have been under seal for well over a year. Crawford removed local officials from the investigation in June, citing conflicts of interest in how it was being conducted. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was assigned to the investigation  

There's been speculation 50 or more witnesses, and possibly up to 100, could be called to testify. The Ohio AG's office previously stated the grand jury deliberations could extend several weeks. That means deliberations could coincide with the expected broadcast on Nov. 18-19 of two segments of the "Dr. Phil" program about the Jacob Limberios story. 

Two of the witnesses in the York Township home when Jake was killed were interviewed by show host Phil McGraw in September, and they both agreed to take lie detector tests on the program. 

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Comments

mikesee

No way will there ever be a "fair and balanced" trial in this area. I doubt that there can be an impartial grand jury as well.

donutshopguy

Mikesee,

Your too close to the situation. There are thousands of people that haven't followed this incident closely. There are more important things in their lives than this.

Texx Reloader

It is indeed a sad situation with many questions left unanswered. Though it may be procedure, it does seem keeping this "in house" is a little less than optimum. There comes a time (and this is not a cop-out) that a person just has to put these matters in God's hands. It is difficult, but people whom have done wrong will certainly suffer in ways that may never see print. The thing is to keep in mind these things are for the correction of people who have done wrong, and so they will learn not to repeat the same error(s). All of my sympathy and love to the Limerios family.

Food For Thought

While I understand the sentiment of letting everything be open that a lot of folks in this area have. I think the grand jury process is essential to allowing for a fair evaluation of the evidence. This family has been through a trauma that few can comprehend, and the hearts of the community go out to them. The problem in this case is that there is too much emotion, and if grand jurors and witnesses had to feel that pressure they would be more open to making a decision based on community pressure rather than an objective evaluation of the evidence.

Can you honestly tell me that someone would not start circulating the phone numbers of the Grand Jurors encouraging people to call? I am not saying that this is a fault of the movement, but a tendency of good people who want to do something in a situation where they otherwise wouldn't have an chance to impact whats happening. It is an understandable feeling, but it is exactly why the system protects it's citizens in this way. Just my thoughts, take them for what they are worth.

(**Let me just say that whether or not the SCSD made errors in evidence collection the jury won't know that, I'm sorry but you can't just tell jurors what the evidence would have proved if it had been evaluated.**)

skydog44870

"The clerk of courts shall keep this entry and all other documents related to this grand jury under seal until further ordered by the court." Is this seal before or after the clerk of courts, Tracy Overmyer, wife of Capt. Michael Meggit and sister of Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is able to read the documents or transcripts? Just wondering how that works.

Dispute Lite

I think the 'sealed records' is only for the duration of the grand jury hearing. The Clerk of Courts and their employees are also barred from a review of the records themselves, except for filings with the court. Even the filings themselves are not read by the clerks, they are only reviewed to determine if they comply with the local court rules. Transcripts are not completed until later or are completed upon request with the cost going to the requester or split between the parties.

Because this is going to be a long hearing held over maybe several weeks, the judge does not want to taint any future witnesses if earlier testimony is released by a public employee or newspaper.

This is an important step in this case, regardless of the outcome it will not prove guilt or innocence of anyone, it will just show that the grand jury believes there is enough for possible indictments. Even if the grand jury gives a 'no bill', that is helpful to the state because it will give them an idea of where their evidence is lacking and then they can investigate those areas more.

Like a lot of people, I will be interested in the outcome.

dart340h1973

Keep docs sealed? What are they hiding? They afraid to omit they messed up the case?