Judge denies attorney’s requests

Breaking into Redfern home case
Alex Green
Apr 25, 2014
It’s not what defense attorney Tom DeBacco wanted to hear.

DeBacco represents 19-year-old Alexander Reitzel, who faces felony charges for allegedly trying to break into the $835,000 home previously owned by State Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba, last December.

DeBacco submitted a motion to retrieve phone records from Redfern, Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan, Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick and Catawba Island Township police on or around the date of the alleged crime.

Visiting judge Dale Crawford denied the request, DeBacco said.

DeBacco also submitted a motion to cross-examine Redfern about any possible video editing done to the videos that, according to Mulligan and Redfern, show Reitzel trying to break-in.

This request, too, was denied — at least in DeBacco’s eyes.

Crawford told the defense attorney he could write and submit questions to Redfern directly, according to DeBacco.

”He said we could hire an investigator” DeBacco said.

DeBacco said he wants to know how the video was put together and if Redfern subscribed to a service that allowed editing of the video.

While DeBacco said he’s disappointed in the result of his requests, he did not criticize the visiting judge.

”I would have liked to seen all (the phone records)” DeBacco said. “But I’m not going to question the judge”

The phone records remain a critical element in the case for DeBacco, who has said all along that the charges were excessive and politically motivated.

As a result of Thursday’s hearing, any communication between the elected officials will apparently remain undisclosed.

Assistant prosecutor Joseph Gerber signed a motion to quash a subpoena and dismiss a motion for evidentiary hearing.

It reads: “If such documents exist, which have not already been produced, they do not make it more or less likely that defendant attempted to burglarize the victim’s home”

Reitzel was indicted five days after the alleged offense, a timespan much too quick, in DeBacco’s opinion.

Mulligan and Redfern have maintained the case was not fasttracked and there was no improper communication between them.

”It’s unsubstantiated,” Mulligan said in December. “The video shows (Reitzel) in real time on Redfern’s property for over an hour”

Redfern said he was offended by the allegations.  ”So Mr. DeBacco thinks I’m such a big shot, I can just get anyone indicted?” Redfern said in December. “I expect an apology”

About two weeks after the indictment, Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters recused himself from the case.

Winters told the Register he has had a contentious relationship with Redfern ever since Winters fired Lorrain Croy from her magistrate position in 2012.

Redfern recently said he did not agree with that decision, but it has nothing to do with his support of Lorrain Croy in the upcoming race for Ottawa County Common Pleas Court judge. He also said Winters overdramatized the relationship.

Crawford declined to comment, as it’s an ongoing case.



Good catch! Inconsistent statements and changing stories indicates as you know that someone is lying.


Oh my! I guess I am a felon as well, I have peeked in the windows of a few homes with for sale signs out front in the past just to get an idea of the layout.

Take a gook look around, most Americans are getting very tired of the people that say they work for us as politicians. These people more and more are very wealthy and are letting the typical American citizen down more and more. Very sad are the state of politics today : (

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I'll copy and paste what I wrote in response to AJ Oliver in the story about the Marshall Islands suing for disarmament. It matches up with your sentiments well, I think:

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Not just nuclear armaments but others that aren't covered by the treaty such as "kinetic bombardment" are being developed. The popular notion for that are tungsten rods housed in a satellite in space that can snipe locations on the earth with mach 10 bunker buster guided projectiles. No chemicals, no radiation, no fiery ordinance explosions.

While I understand one can't hug with nuclear arms, I am not against us having such weapons or other ways to ensure peace through strength (and not in the nuke-a-gay-whale-for-Christ kinda way). But issues like this are a great illustration that broadly various Congresses and the Presidency seem to love writing all kinds of laws (or entering various treaties) and never enforcing them, excusing various populations from them, or rewriting them on the fly.

Running a game store I am very well aware of a concept called the "Munchkin Fallacy" which goes: "I can because the rules don't say I can't." Once aware of such a fallacy you can see it be pervasive throughout our distant Federal government. I believe that we both can agree that there are many a Munchkin in D.C.

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In gaming, a munchkin is a player who plays what is intended to be a non-competitive game (usually a role-playing game) in an aggressively competitive manner. A munchkin seeks within the context of the game to amass the greatest power, score the most "kills", and grab the most loot, no matter how detrimental their actions are to role-playing, the storyline, fairness, or the other players' enjoyment. The term is used almost exclusively as a pejorative and frequently is used in reference to powergamers.

The term was applied originally to young gamers by older players,[1] presumably because the connotation of being short and ridiculous (like the Munchkins in the book and film The Wizard of Oz) made it an apt label for the childish gamers it was applied to. However, before long it came to refer to anyone who engaged in a juvenile gaming style no matter their height, age or experience.

Munchkins are often accused of twinking or roll-playing, a pun on 'role' that notes how munchkins are often more concerned with the numbers and die rolls than with the roles that they play.

A more neutral use of the term is in reference to novice players, who, not knowing yet how to roleplay, typically obsess about the statistical "power" of their characters rather than developing their characters' personalities.