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

Does anyone know where Krista Harris is?
I want to know what her position is with all of this corruption going on? Krista if your're out there we would love to hear from you. Drop a few lines, please.

Anonymous

I had to see if this was BS and went to the website to see for myself.

Chief Assistant
Mary Ann Barylski

Assistant Prosecutors
Cheryl Goodrum
Jeanne M. Lippert
Vicki R. Palmer
Laura E. Alkire
Nicholas J. Smith

Chief Assistant
Gary A. Lickfelt

Civil Division
Chief Assistant
Sandy J. Rubino
Assistant Prosecutors
Sandy J. Rubino
Trevor Hayberger

http://www.erie-county-ohio.net/...

That is a lot of lawyers. What do all of these lawyers do all day?

I then went and did a google search of Cheryl Goodrum and Krista Harris.
http://www.google.com/search?q=%...

Yep, ALL truth here.

Me thinks that all these lawyers in Baxter's office log onto sanduskyregister.com and post lots of comments all day long. Which one of the lawyers is Buff? Your tax dollars hard at work folks.

Anonymous

Elsebeth Baumgartner had absolute proof that the Lorain County law firm of BAUMGARTNER & O'TOOLE (no relation to EB) had defrauded the taxpayers of BCS schools through improper, unapproved legal contracts and fraudulent billings. Baumgartner & O'Toole were also involved with Erie County prosecutor KEVIN BAXTER'S private business obtaining a federal grant through the Vermilion Port Authority. Baumgartner & O'Toole were also involved with the ERIE METROPARKS legal counsel (and made a TON of money) while they battled CPPR over the "Huron River Greenway" project.

JUDGE MARKUS, the old fart that claimed EB intimidated him, has close ties with DENNIS O'TOOLE. Baumgartner & O'Toole provided a lot of business to old Judge Markus. Dennis O'Toole also has ties with CIRIGILIANO.

The PROSECUTORS and LAW DIRECTORS in Amherst, Oberlin, Wellington, Kipton and South Amherst are ALL ATTORNEYS from the firm of BAUMGARTNER & O'TOOLE.
Margaret O'Bryon (one of the attorneys in the firm and the prosecutor for the village of Kipton and part-time prosecutor for Amherst) has been engaged in the practice of law in Lorain County and ERIE COUNTY since 1993. She began her career in the ERIE COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE.......

For what it's worth I believe Dennis O'Toole (who lives in Erie County) and his law firm full of PROSECUTORS and LAW DIRECTORS are the INFAMOUS SILENT PARTNERS in the Marina District.

Anonymous

BAXTER IS EVIL.

Anonymous

Everything sure does seem to be tying in here and its plain to see that Kim Nuesse does not stand a chance in this corrupt county just like Elsbeth and nobody else does. But take heart people I think the corruption is slowly starting to unravel.....Stay tuned because there's lots more to come.

Anonymous

Was Baxter drunk when he wrote that third letter to the editor or did one of his staff attorneys write it for him? All three of the letters to the editor have been defensive in nature.

There are some common traits that liars share. Liars get defensive when confronted or questioned or they evade or ignore the questions. Liars also act like they have no idea what you are talking about when questioned. Liars also want to change the subject.

Truthful people welcome all questions as they have nothing to hide.

Why is Baxter so uncomfortable with Matt's questions?

In Kevin's fourth letter to editor, I hope that he will provide answers to the following questions.

1) Baxter ignored repeated requests for documentation on the child rapist case. WHY?

2) When questioned directly about it on two separate occasions, he stared back with a glassy-eyed look and feigned ignorance on the entire topic. WHY did you feign ignorance?

3) Baxter also ignored written requests for the information, and for information on other flawed warrants. WHY?

4) Why didn't you call in the Ohio Attorney General to investigate the Nuesse case?

5) Why was Murman and an old judge hired at great expense to the taxpayers of Sandusky when the Attorney General would have investigated the Nuesse case for FREE?

6) Why did you make changes to the Murman Report on your own without consulting Murman first? Did you read the final draft of the Murman Report before it was released?

It's time to cut the crap. You need to stop sending defensive letters to the editor and start answering some questions. When you write your fourth letter to the editor, you need to answer the above six questions and not evade or ignore them.

Anonymous

And while your answering all of those questions MR. BAXTER I have a TON of questions, too. First question---WHO in the HELL gave ERIE COUNTY and the Lorain County law firm of BAUMGARTNER & O'TOOLE the right to transfer ownership of TRUST PROPERTY on a proven to be FORGED power of attorney HIDDEN from family members in the Lorain County Recorder's office? Wouldn't that be considered a CRIMINAL ACT?

Anonymous

It's time for Baxter to step down. Maybe he can sell televisions with his friend Tom Ferrell after he loses on Nov. 4th. They deserve one another! Both scum of the earth.

Anonymous

hey

Anonymous

What does the fact that Ms. Goodrum is African American have to do with anything? Did your research uncover the fact that Krista also had another trial, was represented by another lawyer, and (Oh my god) found GUILTY!!!
Tell me it isn't so!!
If you have the guts to talk trash about somebody that you don't know, why not be man or woman enough to use your real name? Only a low life, piece of crap (hint, hint) would talk trash about somebody that he or she doesn't now and not reveal him or herself. Why not stay off this blog until you have something educational or informative to say? Use some of this negative energy on something positive. I guess it's true what they say: misery loves company.

Anonymous

After reading Krista Harris's APPEAL I was throughly disgusted. EXACTLY TO THE T SO LIKE CORRUPT ERIE COUNTY IS KNOWN TO WORK. Her first two attorneys are dirty, sneaky local gobs, the third Elsebeth Baumgarner gets shut up real fast and then Cheryl Goodrum the AFRO-AMERICAN attorney. Considering Baxter's known fondness for black women how much PLAINER can it possibly get......Does anybody by any chance know how GOODRUM got her high-paying assistant prosecutor job or is that a stupid question?

Anonymous

I have lived in this community all my life and never have I been so angry and so ashamed.

Anonymous

Wow, sounds like Krista was railroaded by her on so called lawyers. I would like someone to explain to me what Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.61(C) means in plain english. If anyone can do that I would appreciate it.

Anonymous

No, it sounds like Krista was railroaded by Baxter, the judges and their fa$ good ole lawyer boyfriends that like to wipe each others you know what.....

Anonymous

Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.61(C)
When a series of offenses under section 2913.02 of the Revised Code, or a series of violations of, conspiracies to violate, or complicity in violations of division (A)(1) of section 1716.14, section 2913.02, 2913.03, or 2913.04, division (B)(1) or (2) of section 2913.21, or section 2913.31 or 2913.43 of the Revised Code involving a VICTIM WHO IS AN ELDERLY PERSON is committed by the offender, all of those offenses shall be tried as a SINGLE OFFENSE. The value of the property involved in the series of offenses for the purpose of determining the value as required by division (A) of this section is the aggregate value of all property in all offenses in the series.
AND YOUR POINT PERTAINING TO KRISTA HARRIS IS WHAT?

Anonymous

According to Baxter a forged Power of Attorney (drafted up by an Erie County attorney and hidden in Lorain County by a Lorain County attorney) an illegal transfer of Erie County property, forged Prudential documents, forged checks deposited at a local Key Bank (i.e. Albany, New York) for over a year after the decedent's death and a forged Will (signed by two Erie County judges and filed two years after the decedent's death by a Lorain County attorney) was NOT criminal.....
Could somebody please enlighten me as to what this Krista Harris did that WAS criminal. I'm confused.......

Anonymous

Thank you for clarifying O.R.C. 2913.61(C). I am truly concerned about Krista Harris's situation. I have read, and reread all of the comments and starting doing some research about her case. It is truly unbelievable that something like this could happen to a person in this day and age. Listen, according to all of the court documents that pertain to her appeal, and others that were provided to me, Krista Harris was charged with 17 felonies involving an alleged theft of monies from her elderly aunt. Krista alleged that the monies were given to her through a valid power of attorney. Okay. Now lets give the Kevin Baxter the benefit of the doubt in this matter. No we can't. Kevin Baxter, Dean Holman, and his assistants railroaded this poor lady on sham theft charges. The law states under Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.61(C) that Krista Harris could have only legally been charged with a SINGLE OFFENSE. So why in the HE&& was she at the least overcharged with 16 more felonies. I am absolutely sickened by this. Oh, I haven't even begun to look into her claims of Double Jeopardy. I am going to see to it that Krista Harris case makes it on National Television if its the last thing I do. I believe everything Elsebeth has said about Krista being forced into a non-consensual sexual relationship by Kevin Baxter.

And lastly, I just found out that in June of 2004 Krista filed a lawsuit in federal court suing Kevin Baxter for forcing her into a sexual relationship. Only a real victim, who was victimized would file a lawsuit against their alleged rapist. I'll provide additional information later.

Anonymous

Easy to see why nobody ever runs against Baxter and Mcgookey. Looks like the dirty lawyers have hit a real gold mine in this county.....

Anonymous

The old retired judges and the cuyahoga county lawyers have hit a real gold mine too compliments of the ERIE COUNTY TAXPAYERS.

Anonymous

I'LL BET NUESSE'S CASE WAS "FIXED" EVEN BEFORE SHE WAS FIRED.

Anonymous

You sure have do have a lot of DISGRUNTLED ENEMIES in this community.....so much for your claims about Westerhold.

Anonymous

As a prosecutor of a county you really should not be giving out UNLAWFUL favors to your old and seasoned attorney friends, especially when the unlawful favors border on CRIMINAL that other people can and have gone to jail for.
You and some of these Erie County judges also should not be allowed to use your power to unlawfully INTIMIDATE these YOUNG attorneys into FIXING cases for you.
You and some of these Erie County judges also should not be allowed to unlawfully CONSPIRE with Cuyahoga County judges to FIX CASES in the jurisdiction of Cuyahoga County that pertain to matters in Erie County.
These are just a FEW of the NUMEROUS clearly unfair, biased and unlawful things that go on in Erie County on a regular basis that bring down the spirit of the community and project to those who consider making their personal homes here a VERY undesirable choice.

Anonymous

You can't win with these low-lifes. They hold the cards can't you see that. Just sit back and wait. Their day will come when they least expect it.

Anonymous

As a Prosecutor you really should not be allowing the public officials in this county to assist your attorney buds in FRAUD.

Anonymous

Has he gone hiding somewhere under a rock? I wonder will we need a special prosecutor to handle the Shawn Caston case? I believe we have a conflict of interest since Shawn was a so called snitch for his boy. What do you think?

Anonymous

According to Ejay, he states that Kevin has/had an unlawful interest in a public contract violating Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.42(B)(2). Ejay states that the documents obtained from the Secretary of State say that Kevin owned 30% of the Island Rocket. So, if he received government loans is this illegal and is Ejay right? Can anyone check this out?

Anonymous

O.R.C. 2921.42 Having an unlawful interest in a public contract.
(A)No public official shall knowingly do any of the following:
(B)In the absence of bribery or a purpose to defraud, a public offical, member of a public official's family, or any of a public official's BUSINESS ASSOCIATES shall not be considered as having an interest in a public contract or the investment of public funds, if all of the follwing apply:
(2)The shares owned or controlled by that person do not exceed FIVE PER CENT of the oustanding shares of the corporation,and the amount due that person as creditor does not exceed five per cent of the total indebtedness of the corporation or other orgainiazation.

You say Baxter owned 30%. Who were his BUSINESS ASSOCIATES that owned the rest?

Anonymous

I have a cousin who works for the FBI in Washington. He told me once that the FBI has a profile on every single person in this country, they even know the size of your underwear. (I think he was kidding on that one but then again maybe not) Did you ever stop to think that all this corruption that's going on in OHIO and the OHIO COURTS is going unnoticed? Did you ever stop to think that their letting them dig their OWN HOLES.....

Anonymous

I believe his partners were: Duane Ohly, Brett Kinzel, who is the son of Dic&, Kinzel (President of Cedar Fair, Point) and I think two other guys. Sorry, I'll have to look it up again.

Anonymous

Please let me know who the other TWO GUYS were.

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