For Baxter, truth is inconvenient

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Good Old Kevin Baxter can sure spin things away from truth whenever he wants, and a recent letter to the editor is a perfect example. Old Kevin made serious objection to a recent Register editorial critical of his office for issuing a flawed warrant that delayed the arrest of a child rapist.

The man was arrested "just 37 days" after an indictment was returned by a grand jury, Baxter says. I don't know about you, but even 37 days is too long for a child rapist to be free and on the loose. The man was accused in August 2006 and arrested by U.S. Marshals in late December that same year, so the actual delays were much longer than Baxter's spin. And local officials never lifted a finger to make an arrest after the flawed warrant was finally issued.

Baxter ignored repeated requests for documentation on the case and, when questioned directly about it on two seperate occasions, he stared back with a glassy-eyed look and feigned ignorance on the entire topic. How convenient. Play dumb when it serves you, Kevin, and then be filled with righteous indignation when you get called on your shortcomings.

Baxter also ignored written requests for the information, and for information on other flawed warrants that might have resulted in at least one other child rapist getting a free pass in Erie County. There are plenty of examples, but Baxter's abnormal need for secrecy keeps most under the radar.

And Baxter is quick to dump on his best buds whenever he gets put on the hot seat, including pointing the finger at the sheriff or deputies, or old best old bud county commissioner Tom Ferrell Jr. Kevin also will blame city officials for their shortcomings if that helps Kevin's cause. Kevin covers Kevin's butt -- and every other good old boy's behind -- as long as it serves Kevin.

It's time to cut the crap. You cannot fix a problem if you deny it exists, and when the sheriff's office has more than 800 outstanding warrants -- with serious felony crimes getting lost in bureaucracy -- there must be something wrong with the system.

If anyone is misrepresenting the facts, Kevin, it's you.

Comments

Anonymous

is the deal with Krista Harris? I also want to know what's the deal with a woman named "Eve" - The register deleted comments that were made concerning her. Can somebody explain?

Anonymous

The Register also deleted comments about the Auditor's office having public records showing that Baxter wrote out two checks to Krista Harris from some fund (began with a P) using taxpayers money. One of the checks were for a U-Haul to help her move out of town. What's that all about?

Anonymous

Amen to that Matt, the man that did the drive-by shooting that killed the woman on Perry St. (?) and let out of prison early becauce the FBI got info from him they wanted, he has sence had 4 hit and run accidents, which baxter said he didn't know about 3 of them. He goes to court this moning or monday morning wondering how many slap on the hands he will get for also most killing the 4th, happened this last week.

Anonymous

If this is a matter of public record in the Auditor's office----that Baxter is stealing taxpayers money from this Furtherance of Justice fund----then why is the Auditor and the County concealing this? Maybe cause the Auditor uses the free money, too? It sounds like this whole rotten county is corrupt-----Baxter, judges, auditor, recorder, right on down the line....

Anonymous

Considering it's ILLEGAL for a Recorder of a County to allow permanent records to be removed from the office, how are Lorain County attorneys getting away with this in ERIE COUNTY?
"Dear Mr.-----Enclosed please find a copy of the original Deeds to the property now on file in the Lorain County Auditor's office." signed-------(Lorain County attorney)

Anonymous

This county sounds like some kind of satan cult where Baxter and his cronies are the leaders and the brainwashed members are the taxpaying citizens...

Anonymous

Not voting for Tom Ferrell isn't going to solve the problem when he's only ONE of Baxter's good 'ole boys. What about the rest of them? There must be a lot of corruption and cover ups involving the probate court, auditor, recorder, etc. etc. It's way past time for an investigation into this cancer that is eating away at the entire county!!! What the heck is the matter with OHIO that they are allowing this to go on...

Anonymous

When will the Register track down the real story on the club?

Anonymous

In consideration of all the complaints about Kevin Baxter and then the complaints about cases being fixed to cover up probate fraud (including the Baxter estate) it certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why nobody ever runs against Baxter and the Erie County Probate Court Judge Beverly McGookey. So what does Tom Ferrell have to do with the seriousness behind this situation? I'm not voting for Ferrell but getting rid of Ferrell because he's one of Baxter's GOB's isn't going to solve THAT problem or the rest of the corruption that's going on in this County.

Anonymous

I'm so glad the topic of Kevin Baxter is up for debate ! We must come together to get him out of office and his good ole boys.... Sandusky can pull together by cleaning up the court house. Ty Tone and Roger Binnett should go also they took Ann Mascharis place by protecting Kevin every chance they get

Let me add to the Krista Harris - Kevin Baxter ordeal. Krista Harris should go after Kevin and get him for everything he has. This woman has a 60 Minutes Case waiting to happen. From what I understand she has filed a sworn affidavidt stating that she lied on Dewitt McDonald who is serving a life sentence in prison due to her testimony . Not only should Krista be vindicated but Dewitt McDonald has lost alot of life on a dirty crime that Baxter used to put him behind bars. This man has lost his children growing up and spending time with his family as well. No matter what Baxter thought about Dewitt he has no right to take a life. This is ridiculous. Krista stated in her affidavidt she perjured her testimony due to Baxter threats of charing her with murder. She also stated that Kevin Baxter moved her to Cleveland with fear that someone would get wind that he was screwing her when he felt like it. He used money from the Furtherance of Justice Fund stating it was for witness protection giving Krista a total of 800.00 folks ! He is so stupid because this information is in her affidavidt too. I can't stand this man for what he is doing to people and quite frankly for this case to have happened 14 years ago and its still up for discussion is saying that SOMEONE is getting close to a breakthrough. If any of these victims ever get the chance to have thier day back in court it is going to be a sad day for Kevin Baxter and a happy one for those standing in line cheering for victory. Its time for Sandusky cistizens to take back what has been rightfully stolen. You have to start at the top by sending complaints to the FBI blaming Tom Moyer the good ole boy from Sandusky, Ohio and Kevin Baxters cover up and demand that an investigation take place on all of the complaints that have been turned away regarding Kevin Baxter. Do not vote for Tom Ferrell and anyone who's name is coming up in any illegal activity. It's not about party anymore it's about change. Lets help set Baumgarnter free , vindicate Ejay, Brian and Shawn, Let's stop paying taxes especially if Kevin doesn't have to then why should we. Lets make a difference and hammer kevin. Dewitt McDonald and Daryl Turner serving a life sentence and Shawn Caston set free. IS THIS RIGHT AND IS WHAT WE ARE SPENDING OUR TAX MONEY ON, INNOCENT PEOPLE who deserve to be set free.

Anonymous

Has anybody figured out the Nuesse case yet? When did Kline fire Nuesse---BEFORE she hired Bailey or AFTER? Were there any complaints about the retired judge Cirigliano, with known connections to Baxter, being involved? Were there any complaints about all those expensive depositions after the expensive Murman Report? What happened to the ministers who wanted the Attorney General brought in? Are there any complaints about the intentional LOOOOOOOONG delay in getting the case over with? The case is CUT & DRIED---good old typical Erie County corruption at the taxpayers expense.

Anonymous

You're going to hell ! Have you really done all of those bad things ?

I'm overwhelmed with disbelief. It makes no sense that you're disrespected by citizens who are outraged with you , this is embarassing for residence of Sandusky. I hope that none of this ifnormation is of truth. Kevin, if your involved in illegal activity I would recommend you resign immediately. Information like this floating around doesn't send a good message to the community.

Anonymous

write something different will you??? These conspiracy theories are

B O R I N G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All unproven and all a bunch of CRAP!!!!

Anonymous

Of course there unproven, Sweetie---the corrupt Court won't allow it because they know its the truth. But if Baxter and his judge friends think I'm going to sit back and allow the scum to get away with what they did to my mother they got another think coming.

Anonymous

All unproven and a bunch of CRAP? Then don't read these comments you IDIOT! With 456 comments, I find a lot of these comments very thought provoking.
I started reading the links provided to the corruption in Cuyahoga County and the raid of the two judges chambers.

One thing that I never realized was that Cuyahoga County has 34 Common Pleas Court judges. The FBI investigations are only starting and I wonder which other judges chambers will be raided next. It is kind of an interesting site as all of the judges have a short biography about each one. I will come back later to comment about one particular judge whose biography raised a lot of questions.
http://cp.cuyahogacounty.us/inte...

Anonymous

I know one Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court female judge in particular that FIXES cases for Erie County. A real corrupt one. And I'm not talking about the one that sentenced Elsebeth either. Cuyahoga County & Erie County have been working together pulling off their shady shenanigans for a long time now....

Anonymous

These kind of things never went on years ago. I'm ashamed to say I even live in this community anymore.

Anonymous

You have to remember that this kind of crap goes on all over Ohio. No companies want to come to Ohio because of all of the corruption. No companies means no jobs. Both political parties are to blame but it seems like the Democrats have really been active being crooks.

Look at this prosecutor in Montgomery County. Why isn't this prosecutor disbarred? Just another slap on the wrist.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/n...

"Heck agreed not to seek employment with a different state or county agency for a period of 18 months, except for an elective office."

WHAT IN THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN? ELECTIVE OFFICE?
Heck CAN run for public office? No wonder there are so many crooks that hold public office.

I would like to know Redfern's thoughts about all of these crooked Democrats in Ohio. These Democrats keep promising jobs, but only for themselves and their cronies.

Anonymous

Nuesse gets fired based on the Murman Report that she was dishonest...UNREAL. Want to see not only DISHONEST but CRIMINAL? Check out the records in the Erie County Recorder's office. Check out the records in the Auditor's office. And if you REALLY want to see CRIMINAL check out what's going on in that CORRUPT Erie County Probate Court.

Anonymous

Checking out the short biography of Shirley Saffold, I have formulated many questions about her even being qualified to be a judge. Simply winning votes in a judicial race does not qualify one to be a judge. I noticed that she did not post any law school honors which leads me to believe that she was a mediocre law student.

http://cp.cuyahogacounty.us/inte...

On her website, Saffold lists her "Recent Opinions" and have to wonder about one of her "opionins" that stood out. http://cp.cuyahogacounty.us/inte...

State of Ohio v. Dr. Elsebeth Baumgertner

This "opinion" really stood out which makes me feel that this is Saffold's "trophy" opinion. Notice the spelling of "Baumgertner" but what is even more questionable is the 3 page opinion and how it is written.

Isn't the legal term for "child" or "children" reserved for MINORS? If not, then can "child" or "children" be LEGALLY described as any member of the human race, even an old 80 year old retired judge?

I happened to read Safford's 3 page "opinion" about Baumgartner here.
http://cp.cuyahogacounty.us/inte...

This Court further acknowledges the email sent to Bryan DuBois, an original co-defendant,
where Ms. Baumgartner indicated an interest in Judge Markus's children. Ms. Baumgartner is one
to bloviate. This was an attempt to once again intimidate Judge Markus. Such language and intent
contained in this email has a clear intent to intimidate Judge Markus when referencing his own
children.

ALL of Markus's "children" are ADULT LAWYERS who can certainly take care of themselves.
"Three Children (all lawyers): Linda Daniels (she and her husband organized law firm in Research Triangle Park, N.C.); Scott Markus (professional mediator in San Diego, CA.); Kent Markus (former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Justice, now Law Professor at Capital University Law School and Director of National Adoption Law Institute)."

Kent Markus is currently Governor Strickland's chief legal counsel.
http://www.law.capital.edu/Facul...

Don't ask any questions about Markus's "childen" because it will "intimidate an old retired judge" and Safford will THROW THE BOOK at you.

Which reminds me not to send any emails to our local judges to critcize them for their job performance on the judge. The judges may take my critism as "intimidation" because their feelings will be hurt.

Three pages sure does seem like a very SHORT "opinion" for somebody getting sentenced to 8 years in prison. But it certainly appears that Saffold THREW THE BOOK at Baumgartner to shut her up to make the "problem go away" for somebody who knew too much.

Some "judge" who sends people to the Gulag to shut them up but helps to keep real criminals on the street.
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/...

Anonymous

Wow! That's interesting! Kent Markus, son of the poor, old retired judge that was so "intimidated" by EB, is the chief legal counsel for Governor Strickland....Dirty s.o.b.'s. They all played a hand in ruining Ohio and Erie County. Too bad they all don't drop dead.

Anonymous

Considering how it's illegal for attorneys to mislead and lie to a Court of Law, wonder why they get away with it in Erie County---why aren't they ever held accountable? Yet on the other hand Kim Nuesse had to be held accountable by getting FIRED over her so-called DISHONESTY involving a $15.00 Parking Ticket.....This county is run by IDIOTS!

Anonymous

That Saffold judge is repulsive. Just looking at her picture is repulsive. The GOB's sure picked a good one when they picked her. Now had Baumgartner been BLACK......

Anonymous

Who am I? I am all about what is true.
I am the Ghost Of Truth. I am not to be feared as I am all about all that is true and good. I have been watching and reading these comments. The truth is knocking at the door. Please let the truth come into the open. Godspeed Matt.
Bring out the truth and all that is good.

Anonymous

Found this story about another attorney in Cleveland. Pay attention to the name of the judge who fined this other Kevin $700 and gave him probation for crack cocaine. A lot of things are starting to add up here. Judge Bridget McCafferty was one of the judges that the Feds raided.
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/...

This other Kevin was also an attorney and also the son of the sheriff. All of you good old boys had better beware because they are coming for YOU! You are all going down one by one.

Anonymous

Looks like everything Baumgartner tried to tell people about the widespread corruption going on in OHIO is starting to unravel......could it be somebody was listening after all?

Anonymous

Find out why the corrupt Cuyahoga County JUDGES are being allowed to FIX CASES for the corrupt Erie County JUDGES, will ya?

citizen

I heard it took months and months for the FBI to go through the voluminous paperwork pertaining to all the fraud going on with the foreclosures in Cuyahoga County that banks, realtors and title companies were involved in. I heard it took YEARS for the scum to put OHIO in this MESS and OHIO is never going to recover from it. It appears like some of the Judges were involved in it, too.

Anonymous

In being a good listener. As well, it's easier to comprehend for anyone who'se been touched by it.

Anonymous

WAS I DELETED, WE ALL KNOW WHO THE SNITCH WAS THAT HELPED SEND ELSE AWAY. HIS WIFE RECEIVED A JOB WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AS A REWARD FOR THE TESTIMONY. YOU KNOW WHO I AM SNITCH. COME AND GET GET ME !!!

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