Editor barred from Nuesse hearing

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Fired police Chief Kim Nuesse's civil service hearing had only just begun this morning when I got booted out of the hearing room before any witness took the stand.

The city's attorney asked Judge Joseph Cirigliano if I could be added to their witness list to testify about telephone calls regarding the Nuesse matter. I don't think the city really wants me to testify. It's just a ploy to get me out of the hearings.

Another blow to the First Amendment courtesy of the city of Sandusky, where public records aren't public and due process is just a hurdle to overcome in pursuit of an agenda.

At least I can take comfort -- acting police chief Charlie Sams and SPD Lt. Phil Frost also were barred from the hearing room -- because they are scheduled to testify later in the hearings.

Comments

Anonymous

Life is better when the busybodies and gossip mongers are kept at bay. Good for the city and thanks judge!

Anonymous

You should be booted out the door of the SR also (Erie county too). I get tired of your opinions, you are all about drama not the news.

Anonymous

You should have been allowed to stay- I think you speak alot of truth about what goes on in the good ole boy network... Keep up the good work- and hey, maybe you'll get lucky and they WILL let you testify- oh, the things you could tell them.. if only anyone would listen...

joe baumgartner

Dear Matt. Was this a private hearing, or did they just make it that way for their benefit. Do not listen to the neysayers that have commented above. Trust your instincts and find out rhy the Press is not allowed to sit in on the hearing. The same act was followed when my wife was in the Erie County Common Pleas Court. I was barred from sitting in on the procedings. They will do anything that they can get away with behind closed doors, and it is not reported to the public. Where in the USSR are we anyhow?

Sam

Matt, you never heard of separation of witness? I thought you were so knowledgeable about the criminal justice system. Why complain, just assign another reporter to cover the story. Maybe now is the time to start with your resume, just in case. I hear the Journal has an opening on a morning motor route. What calls did you make with Nusse and what did you know and when? Maybe you should consult an attorney.

Anonymous

This was the right move by the City. Good for them. The SR can easily put another reporter in there. Quit crying and whining and go do something useful for a change.

Anonymous

Matt quit your crying. Seperation of witnessess is an every day occurence in law proceedings. If you would not have involved yourself in such a biased way, maybe you would have been just that average reporter, and allowed to stay. Your in it deep now, so you might as well grin and bare it.

Anonymous

I see that the GOBs are up to their tricks to cover their butts and keep the truth buried. Matt, have other reporters take your place. The reason why they don't want you there is because they don't want you to report all that went on. The GOBs want the truth to remain hidden.

Keep up the good work, Matt. Many of us support you and want to see the TRUTH to come forward. It is time for the GOBs to answer to their bosses, WE THE PEOPLE.

Hey Matt, could the Sandusky Register get outside help like the FBI to investigate here like in Cleveland? Newspapers have a lot of clout in getting corruption exposed. If the GOBs have nothing to hide, then they would welcome a Federal investigation.

Are these hearings open to the public? If so, I would like to be there to support the TRUTH. But GOBs love to keep everything quiet and secret.

Anonymous

Looks like the GOBs are really busy posting anti-Matt comments. I hope that they are not posting on taxpayer time.

It would be nice if all of the comments had IP addresses assigned and posted for all to read. What is the IP address of city hall and the prosecutor's office?

Anonymous

Wasn't Judge Joey Toothbrush Cirigliano in the Baxter family probate case. When Joey Toothbrush isn’t letting child molesters roam free on the advice of his real estate partners – he’s conspiring with his favorite County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter so that Kevin can steal money from his own brothers and sisters! Ejay was represented by Schumakes Loop and Kedrick Attorney Thomas Pletz. This was a great write-up !

Anonymous

Isn't it convenient that the lying and crooked city attorney, led by Icsman, didn't already have Matt on the witness list before the trial began. He was put on the list to keep things quiet and not get reported on. If they would have let Matt know beforehand he could have had another reporter there to represent the SR and the people. This judge is about as honest as Al Capone was. He should have thrown this request out and told the city attorney they had plenty of time before the trial began to put Matt on the witness list. Instead he cowtows to the GOB's again. When will we ever get an honest judge involved in this.

Anonymous

....Make me nauseous. Seems to be just a few of them making blog after blog. Nothing better to do with your life? Be careful, you may find yourself in the same boat as Westerhold if you keep spewing your venom.

Anonymous

It seems to be that no one is capable of covering Nuesse gate but Matt because he was an imbedded reporter from the beginning of this fiasco. His alleged unethical behavior of being at Nuesse's house listening to commissioner conversations is going to come out. Hope your ready Matty

Taxpayer

Westerhold how many times were you at Nusse's house and her lawyers office sharing information? Whos is biased.
The GOB, Westerhold, Nusses and friends.

Anonymous

Typical "GOBs" maneuver. Makes me think, What are they hiding.

Anonymous

Who cares if Matt listened in. I have a speaker phone and others in my home also listen in to my phone conversations. Why all of the secrecy?
I am sick and tired of all of these secrets. Unless the call was "strictly confidential" such as confidentiality between a lawyer and client, who gives a crap if others listened in onto phone conversations. If BIG BROTHER can listen in to my phone conversations or hack into my computer, let them. I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. Only crooks get upset when others listen in to their LIES.

Call in the FBI to investigate Sandusky, the Erie County Court system along with all judges, prosecutors and lawyers. While they are at it, they may want to investigate the Ottawa County prosecutor's office too.

Anonymous

I've noticed the quality of the register has gone down hill since Westerhold has taken charge.

The writing has become hackneyed
the comics s u c k
and I get fresher news from either TV or the Morning Journsl.

I actually saw a story hit the front page 2 weeks after channel 11 out of Toledo did a piece on the exact same thing.

NineMM

Hey Matt...............Heard Sean B was dropping off some paperwork or "evidence" to the SR last week concerning the ongoing Baxter feud. You, Sean, and Ejay gonna gang up on Kevin? I'm on your side on this one as well as Nuessegate. You don't have to delete my comments from the other page. We'll find out eventually. I'm not trying to "scoop" you either. If that's what you think then you should change your front page format from blue to yellow. Afraid that brother Kevin will find out you are helping Sean and Ejay expose him. Give em he11.

Anonymous

What happened to the "Just In" story about Nuesse and her hearing? Was Matt told to remove it or what? If not he should have been. Strange.

NineMM

RE: Hmmmmm................Yeah, I was on that page making a comment and got the old page not available or has been moved page. Strange is right. Maybe there will be another just in scoop to blog about. Maybe the Baxter feud since Sean was seen at the SR dropping off "evidence", and that cat is out of the bag.

Anonymous

I was thinking just the opposite. I thought there was too much truth coming out in them about Westerhold and Nuesse and SR or Weseterhold himself didn't like it. Got spooked.

Anonymous

Is it also a ploy that Sams and Frost were also barred? It's tough being the ceter of the universe, isn't it?

Anonymous

Absoutely right on the money. Matt just how many times were you at Nuesse's residence? Maybe you shouldn't be allowed int he hearings could be simply based on the witness issue. Not your little selfish issue of not being able to report the matter. You involved yourself by befriending her spinning the register in her favor. Now you're going to have to answer to it. You make the comment, The city really don't want you to testify. Make sure you don't lie under oath or maybe youir friend Kevin Baxter will be prosecuting your next hearing..............

Anonymous

Same ole same ole. This is what the low-down dirty tactic boys are known for-- playing dirty. That's why it took so long to get this thing rolling. They had to conspire behind closed doors on how they were going to work it. Lord, I hate this system here in Erie County not to mention Kevin Baxter. That guy is the epitome of all evil.

Anonymous

I've got a Summary Judgement done by Baxter's Lorain County attorney BUDS that I showed the Court DOCUMENTED PROOF was full of LIES. One even lied in an affadavit signed under oath and I PROVED it was a LIE yet Binette and McGookey ignored it. So I am now calling Baxter's office. I want these crooks PROSECUTED. And Mr. Baxter better do his job........

Anonymous

I predicted that they would do something to keep Matt from reporting on this and I was right! And you better believe Bailey was part of it....I know how these GOBS work.

Anonymous

They certainly didn't want Matt to do the reporting did they.

Anonymous

Lord, I really DO BELIEVE now what the community has been complaining about. Mr. Baxter is going to get a good tongue-lashing from me for ruining THIS COMMUNITY! His mother must be turning over in her grave.

Anonymous

You don't help your case that there is nothing underhanded going on when you post what amounts to a threat... taken from below

THE WESTERHOLD AND NUESSE SUPPORTERS wrote on Oct 13, 2008 6:58 PM:

" ....Make me nauseous. Seems to be just a few of them making blog after blog. Nothing better to do with your life? Be careful, you may find yourself in the same boat as Westerhold if you keep spewing your venom. "

Anonymous

TO THE BLOGGER ON OCTOBER 13, 2008 AT 6:58 PM
Oh really? And what exactly is the "boat" that Westerhold is in? Is that suppose to be some kind of threat that nobody DARE EXPOSE THE SH*T THAT'S GOING ON IN THIS COUNTY? If it is then you can go straight to the pits honey because I'll spout the SH*T WITH PROOF TO ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO LISTEN! What are you trying to say---that Baxter and his gob club are suppose to be HITLER or something and everybody should be shaking in their boots? You seem to forget sweetie that these tyrant morons were ELECTED by the people and the people have every right to GET RID OF THEM WHEN THEY TURN CORRUPT! AND THEY SURE ARE CORRUPT!!! SO COOL IT WITH YOUR JOKE THREATS, HONEY.

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