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

After checking out all the things Chief Justice Moyer has been responsible for when it comes to fixed cases I discovered that the blog wrote at 8:07 AM is CORRECT. THANKS OHIO FOR LETTING HIM GET AWAY WITH IT!

Anonymous

DUH----this is 2008, people. People don't have to be afraid to blow the whistle on peons that were ELECTED by the people to begin with. What the h@ll is OHIO doing here anyway? I believe old man Chief Moyer and some others need to be taken to task here.

Anonymous

I knew them when wrote on Oct 6, 2008 9:28 AM:

Just to keep it straight I did not post this comment! I'm sure it was a typo ( missed a couple of RE's ) but want to make it clear I have no personal knowledge of any bank envolvement.

Anonymous

TO: re I knew them when wrote on Oct 4, 2008 12:41 PM:

I agree 100%. I think all elections should really be looked at hard in reguard to re electing anybody in this county

Anonymous

TO: re I knew them when wrote on Oct 4, 2008 2:20 PM:

" The Attorney General's office will tell them they have to go through the County Prosecutor and we all know where that will go. (but then this was told to me back when Marc Dann was still there)

Should we also get started on the facts of this woman ans what she IS doing to the fair citizens of Ohio?

True fact. The AG is only there to collect any monies they can drum up that you owe. They went back on us 20 years and are now saying it is our place to prove we file state taxes and have had us in court several times trying to sieze our assets! They tell us They don't have to even provide information as to how much they collected through payroll withdrawls and that they don't keep track of that. They also had on their own web site that a person should keep their documentation for 5 years until we went to court the first time...Hahaha that statement was removed within 3 days from the site. Every time we've gone to court we haven't even had a lawyer and have come away without a hitch...that's how croocked they are acting. I also had an applicant once that worked for AG office in Cleveland Legal office. Why was she leaving? THey were doing the same thing to our seniors and taking their properties! She couldn't any longer be a party to the the things they were doing.

I do know though if you are a car purchaser of a high end car and have a beef with a high end well known dealership she will come running to the dealerships rescue to squell the customers complaints before it could make it to GM

Anonymous

TO:re I knew them when wrote on Oct 4, 2008 6:20 PM:

" Hearings? What hearings?

That is exactly what happened to the kids I'm reffering to! They were made to wait in the hall during the hearing for admissable and non admissable evidence! They were also told they couldn't dispute the validity of the said will because that would be to imply that the lawyer had been party to drawing up an illegal will. When they did get their day they could only try to Have this druggy executor of the estate as not doing her job, and of course with no representation and no evedence being allowed they then got laughed out of court!

Anonymous

TO:Summary wrote on Oct 5, 2008 3:30 AM:

The few strong Rich people that have tried to bring all this to light have either been put in jail...lost their jobs and are currently try to fight them....run out of town.....had their house burnt down...and God only knows how many aren't comming forward at this point in this blog to share their nightmares. Who Is Ther to turn to?

Anonymous

The government of Ohio is set up to be a lawyers paradise. The state officials such as the Auditor, Attorney General and others beg for your votes and then tell you to go see the county prosecutor or hire your own lawyer if you see wrongdoing or corruption or are a victim of corruption. You need a lawyer for everything. Isn't it great that the state officials tell you to jump in the lake after they beg for your votes? What a racket.

This is one reason that when people see corruption, the state refuses to get involved because it is all about politics. Whistleblowers who get involved will be silenced by threats or by punishment. If the whistleblower is persistent, then bogus charges involving the police and prosecutor will take place. This is why Baumgartner is in prison. Erie Voices was shut down with the help of the corrupted people in Cuyahoga County. NONE of Baumgartner's sworn affidavits were ever investigated, they were simply brushed off. The Cuyahoga County crooks even kept the hard drive from Baumgartner's computer and then claimed that they "lost" it. How convenient.

Ohio is a paradise to lawyers. Ohio is a haven to corruption and voter fraud. Corrupt lawyers love Ohio because the state will refuse to get involved in local or state corruption. Marc Dann was exposed because the news media exposed Dann and others. So the state had to do something about Dann while protecting the other Democrats, especially those in Cuyahoga County. Sometimes one must be "sacrificed" to protect the others and keep the citizens in the dark.

Anonymous

TO:re help us wrote on Oct 5, 2008 3:00 PM:

Thank You VERY Much!

THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO
JONATHAN E. COUGHLAN,Disiplinary Council
250 Civic Center Drive, Suite 325
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411
1-800-589-5256 "

Got It! :)

Anonymous

I remember getting a divorce in Erie County when Judge Work was there. The lawyers and the judges get together and make you stay in a closed room all by yourself. I asked for custody of my children but my lawyer laughed at me and said that men don't get custody.
I refused to sign the divorce papers because I did not agree with it and I wasn't there in person to see what the judges and attorneys were talking about.

My ex-wife ran up huge credit card debts and brought nothing into the marriage. I brought my thousands of dollars that I saved since high school and it was my money that made the down payment on the house. I countersued my wife for adultery. She cheated and even admitted to it. I never cheated at all. My lawyer told me that everybody cheats and told me that adultery is not grounds for divorce in Ohio. What a lie that was.

I refused to sign the divorce papers because my lawyer said that the judge makes the decision about what happens in a divorce and that I am required to sign. I still refused to sign but my lawyer told me that I can amend the divorce agreement if something changes. So I reluctantly signed because I lacked money to keep fighting it in court.

A month later, my ex refused to pick up my children after a weekend visitation with me. She said that she never wanted the children in the first place but her lawyer pressured her to take the children so that she would get the house and all of my assets. I was stuck with her credit card debts too. Long story here but I was still required to make child support payments to my ex even though my children now lived with me.

I went to where I had to make child support payments and was told that I must hire a lawyer and go to court to stop the support payments. So I went back to my lawyer and asked to have my divorce agreement "amended" like he said before. He laughed at me and said he never said such a thing to me. He wanted money up front to go back to court to stop my support payments and have full custody of my children.

I went to court on my own but was told that I needed a lawyer and that I could not be my own lawyer since I did not know the inner workings of the court. So, I hired another lawyer who told me that I have no chance of getting my house back for my children but that he could get my support payments stopped and I could be given full custody. I also asked for child support. In the end, my child support payments stopped, I had full custody of my children but I was unable to get child support payments because Judge Work would not allow it.

It is my belief that when one is in court, that the person should be present in all hearings between a judge and lawyers. It is the right thing to do. Hopefully, the divorce hearings in Erie County are more open and they do not isolate those getting a divorce in little rooms while deals are made between the judge and lawyers.

Anonymous

All Lorain county Criminal court apperances have behind closed doors meetings right before trial with all lawyers, the prosecutor, and the judge.
The 3 then come to an agreement back there that is I guess agreeable to the three of them. Then they all come out and the entire court room none at a time is then told by Lawyer or prosecutor what is going to happen and what the outcome will be. Then one by one each case goes into action and the recorder starts her/his thing. One at a time each is brought up, then I guess to make it a little legal they all 3 go threw the motions of the official hearing. the defendant signs his papers then goes to the next ccase. Not a One of these people were able to get thier cases heard not once, twice, wven the 3rd time to the hearing. Man Oh Man How much money do you think that Court system and Lawyers are making?!

Anonymous

First off OHIO LAW states that ALL PARTIES ARE REQUIRED TO BE NOTIFIED AND PRESENT AT ALL HEARINGS if they have an attorney or if they do not. CLOSED-DOOR HEARINGS WITHOUT ALL PARTIES BEING PRESENT ARE TOTALLY ILLEGAL.
SECOND, that is a FLAT-OUT LIE what the Court told you that you HAD TO HAVE A LAWYER. Anybody can act as their own attorney. I think it's called Pro Se. The reason they want you to have a lawyer is so they can pull their illegal FIXED deals off with the Judge behind CLOSED DOORS.

Anonymous

That Partition Action & the Sheriff's Sale of property (because of DEFECTS in the title caused by ERIE COUNTY approving an ILLEGAL TRANSFER) sure was a LOW-DOWN SCAM, wasn't it?
About as big a SCAM as that FIXED lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County where a Cuyahoga County Judge held a 3-hour CLOSED DOORS HEARING with all those crook attorneys so they could figure out a way to DISMISS a case in CUYAHOGA COUNTY pertaining to FRAUD, FRAUD, AND MORE FRAUD in an ERIE COUNTY PROBATE ESTATE.
I don't like SCAMS, Mr. Baxter. They show a total lack of respect not to mention they are ILLEGAL.

Anonymous

Those kids got SCR@EWED over big time with that bull that they could not dispute the validity of the said Will because that would be to imply that the lawyer had been party to drawing up an illegal will because 9 chances out of 10 THE LAWYER WAS A PARTY TO IT!! (Was this the case that a Murray was involved in?)
This is almost identical to my case----and I even PROVED the fraud Will filed two years AFTER my mother's death was FORGED (FORENSIC DOCUMENT EXAMINER) and Probate would not accept it. In fact, Probate won't even schedule a Hearing on my Complaints.

Anonymous

What judge told these kids that they could dispute the validity of a will because that would be to imply that the lawyer was a party to drawing up an illegal one? Did they report this to the state bar?

Anonymous

what judge told these kids that they could NOT dispute the validity of a will...

Anonymous

Did you know that if a Judge even suspects any illegal or dishonest wrongdoing on the part of an attorney that would make the attorney unfit to practice law the Judge is supposed to report it? Obviously the Judges in Erie County and the rest of these Counties don't adhere to this probably cause judges are attorneys. I only know of one attorney in Erie County that got disbarred and I think he was a black attorney.

Anonymous

Could you give me the names of the number of attorneys from this area that have been suspended? Also, what was the name of the black attorney that was disbarred? I don't remember it. Thank you very much.

Anonymous

You must be MISTAKEN. I checked out the number of attorneys from Sandusky that have been suspended from the practice of law and I only found TWO.
Attorney Patrick Mason, a Toledo attorney who practiced in Toledo and Sandusky, was disbarred on June 12, 2008 for multiple violations of the Code of Professional Responsibility in his dealings with four different clients. In one case Mason accepted fees in advance from clients and then ABANDONED their cases with no prior notice. (VERY INTERESTING) Another case Mason never showed up at a pre-trial hearing and never informed his client about the hearing, either. (VERY INTERESTING) Among many other findings of professional misconduct, the Supreme Court held that Mason had violated the state attorney discipline rules that prohibit illegal conduct involving moral turpitude, conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation and intentionally damaging clients in the course of a professional relationship.
The only other attorney disbarred in Sandusky was BLACK attorney Geoffrey Lynn Oglesby. I also noticed that attorney K. RONALD BAILEY was appointed as Oglesby's monitor....(INTERESTING)
So WHO are the OTHER NUMBER OF SANDUSKY ATTORNEYS that you claim have been suspended from practice? Another question----was this attorney Patrick Mason BLACK?

Anonymous

TO POST AT 7:06 PM:
About this attorney PATRICK MASON who was disbarred on June 12, 2008----what LAW FIRM was he with in Sandusky? I never heard of him before. I also noticed that the Judgment permanently barring MASON from practicing law was signed by a MOYER, C.J. Does this stand for Chief Justice Moyer? (I noticed two other attorneys did not agree with the decision)
You say a number of Sandusky attorneys have been suspended from practicing law but I only found TWO also. I found it very interesting too that K. RONALD BAILEY seemed to be very instrumental in getting the BLACK Sandusky attorney GEOFFREY OGLESBY disbarred.....
I'm also curious to know if this attorney Patrick Mason was BLACK....any more insight into this?

Anonymous

Patrick S. Mason and Geoffrey Oglesby are black attorneys that practiced law in Sandusky Ohio. And yes, it was Chief Justice Moyer who signed the document. Many of attorneys receive suspensions. However, sometimes they are stayed or it is for a limited time period like less a year. So you really don't hear much about those cases. And of course we know that Elsebeth Baumgartner was disbarred. She did practice law in Sandusky for a brief period of time.

Anonymous

Now attorney K. Ron Bailey who is representing Chief Nuesse is the very reason why Shawn Caston received a new trial. Bailey fixed the case for Baxter as usual. Now, that poor man, Mark Norcross, was brutally injured from Caston smashing into him is still in the hospital trying to recover from severe head trauma. Bailey should have been suspended from the practice of law for that but he wasn't. Well, check it out maybe no one ever filed a grievance against him.

Anonymous

Gee, I'm really surprised that the NAACP never jumped on this one especially since I know four (4) WHITE attorneys that did a million times WORSE than what these attorneys did and Baxter, Judge McGookey and Binette sure are protecting THEM. One is a former Erie County judge, one a Lorain County attorney and two others from Cuyahoga County. Very interesting....I think I'm going to have to contact the NAACP and find out WHY they are not the least bit CONCERNED about this very obvious UNLAWFUL PREJUDICE toward their own race.......I'm also contacting MOYER and let's hope he returns my phone calls because I can be very persistent.

Anonymous

Could you tell me what law firm Patrick S. Mason worked for in Sandusky?

Anonymous

Looks like the ex-Sanduskian Chief Justice Moyer played a big part in ruining Erie County. If I send him an E-mail and tell him exactly what I think of him will I get sent to prison for 8 years with EB? How 'bout the racist Cuyahoga County Judge that sentenced EB---the one that told a young black murderer how to break his probation and a young black girl how to be a good pro@titute? Can I tell her what I think of her? Too bad they all don't DROP DEAD so we can hear how all their gob friends sang their praises at the funerals.

Anonymous

What does Moyer have to do with the State Bar. What in the he@# are these people pulling off anyway. OHIO better get off of their dead rear ends and start doing something about this CR#P.

Anonymous

One article said that Patrick Mason was a Toledo attorney who practiced in both Toledo and Sandusky and another said he was a Sandusky attorney. So where was his office located in Sandusky? What was the name of his law firm in Toledo or did he work independently there, too? What did Chief Justice Moyer have to do with his disbarrment? Does Moyer now work for the State Bar, TOO? Did K. Ronald Bailey play any part in Mason's disbarrment like he did the other BLACK attorney from Sandusky? What about Baxter? Was he involved? (sure bet)
Has there EVER been any WHITE ATTORNEYS that have been disbarred in Sandusky?

Anonymous

The damage is done so why should Ohio bother to get off there dead rear ends at this stage of the game? They all got their pockets lined good by now so everything hereafter is just an added bonus compliments of the taxpayers.

Anonymous

602 Comments! I can't help but believe that somewhere Elsebeth Baumgartner is smiling....

Anonymous

attorney Gaye Harris was suspended from the practice of law and John Vogel.

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