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

It's illegal for an attorney to WITHDRAW from a case with forseeable prejudice to his client/clients without DUE NOTICE and following all applicable laws, such as turning over ALL FILES in the case to the client/clients.
It's also illegal for an attorney to turn a case over to another attorney IN THE SAME LAW FIRM without the WRITTEN CONSENT of all clients.
I don't know how in the hel* your attorney ever got away with giving your case to a totally different law firm but if this was done in ERIE COUNTY nothing surprises me. In this county attorneys do anything they want---out of town attorneys even get away with filing Oral Motions and fraud preliminary judicial reports on behalf of people they DON'T EVEN REPRESENT and the Court KNOWS it!
Should we give credit to Kevin Baxter?

Anonymous

Pretty pathetic when a Lorain County law firm, a billion dollar insurance company and a bank get more out of the criminally changed TRUST of an elderly incompetent woman than the family members that the TRUST was set up for to begin with who got absolutely NOTHING. Does this go on in ALL COUNTIES or is this only the standard procedure in THIS County?

Anonymous

Who in the he** would ever want to move into a county like Eeeeeeerie County? Not I!!!

Anonymous

Thank you so much for that information. My Mother won't attend another meeting with this lawyer un-attended, as I will see to that personally, as well, I will let him know that we're now aware of the illegalities of such actions, and yes, that is right here in good ole Sandusky-Erie County.

Anonymous

What a joke. They won't allow a town hall meeting. I'm going down to Baxter's myself and I hope he doesn't hide.

Anonymous

LMAOROTF if he won't answer the phone do you really think he's going to face anybody? hahahaa

Town meeting? You get them to come and we'll ALL be there!

Anonymous

Dear all,

I would like to inform, that I have taken the liberty today to reach out to CNN News and other news media agencies sending all of your comments and concerns regarding the corruption we are faced with in Erie County.

I've also expressed from your view points and of course mine, the continued abuse of power involving the prosecutorial misconduct of Kevin Baxter.

You see, I don't find this blog, to be entertaining, I find this blog too be heart wrenching and a City that's in despair. It reminds me of what we are presently faced with on Wall-Street, losing, losing , losing.

I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of losing. I feel as tax payers we owe it to ourselves to know that we matter. As we are faced with overwhelming challenges of the struggle's of this disastrous economy I feel none of us should be entrenched in a system of corruption that imprisons innocent people as we battle in political war.

I dont know about you but I want Kevin Baxter to feel our wrath and understand that we divide to conquer. We can not continue to sit back and spend our time fighting each other, and stopping at this point- THE SANDUSKY REGISTER. It's obvious we share the same common interest and thats seeking justice against a man who has destroyed famlies & hurt children . This is a man who isn't fit to practice law,let alone have people's lives in his hands. I say enough is enough.

I openly pour out my heart to you and challenge you to get on board and send your complaints behind mine and express the truth of what we seek, the removal of Kevin Baxter and much deserving investigation in Sandusky, Ohio.

We all have a story , please let it be known. My prayers, go out to all of Kevin's victims and I pray that he will face each and everyone of his adversaries.

Please send your comments to this link
http://www.cnn.com/feedback/form...

There are a total of 638 comments regarding the corruption in Erie County and Kevin Baxter named as the culprit please trust that this warrants attention.

I've also sent newspaper articles and various cases naming each of his victims who have suffered under his abuse. I believe that if we continue to nationally expose Sandusky, Ohio and put the pressure on the Ohio Supreme Court at a National Level they will have no other choice but to hand him over.

It's unfortunate that each year we continue to get rejected with our pleas of wanting him removed from our State officials, and to receive that famous letter stamped -Kevin has done nothing wrong - go away. This makes you fight more and more each and everyday.

It's amazing to know that there are so many of us waiting in line to bring forth justice against Kevin Baxter.

I've posted my name because I'm not afraid and Kevin knows what he's done to my children and I want him to be brought to justice.

If you like for me to attend your town hall meeting please let know when and where I'll be happy to make an appearnce. I'm sure Kevin is waiting too meet me anyway, right Kevin ?

Best of Luck !

Anonymous

OK GUYS- My last comment was ERASED. Listen I submitted explicit details of the night of events regarding the shooting that accused McDonald and Turner of Murder –

So hear it comes again, JUST WATCH HOW QUICKLY THIS WILL BE ERASED, right before your eyes.... I think I'm on to something good.

- The night of the shooting Baxter accused three guys because they were all seen at the club together. While at the club caston is involved in an argument with jerome caffey over who can bench press the most weights.

- That very night, mcdonald drove both turner and caston to the club picking them up in his white car. Please note that caston and turner both were picked up at turner's home and mcdonald was driving his own vehicle, not riding with caston as Baxter has indicated. .

- After the club closes, caston was still very angry and intoxicated as he was ranting and raving about seeking revenge against caffey. You should all know that this was an argument with Caston and Caffey only. McDonald, once again, gave turner and caston a ride home from the club and before they reached their final destinations they stopped at the shell gas station, it was there that McDonald purchased party mixers and condoms for his evening with Ms. Harris. Ms. Harris had purchased a hotel in her name at the motel on Cleveland avenue and it was a mutual agreement that they would meet immediately after mcdonalds night at the club.

- It has been noted that while at the gas station, caston was observed by several people as to have been extremely intoxicated and angry, he was so out of control that he asked terry mcdonald if he had a gun to go kill caffey. Mcdonald had planned an intimate evening with ms harris and he was not entertaining caston with his ill thoughts. Besides, caston never hung out with mcdonald this was turner's friend. Turner stated that know one paid caston any attention because he always behaved in that fashion especially when he was drunk. Turner also admitted that caston would always want his gun and he would often give it to him as caston was only talking when he was drunk.

- As they left the shell gas station it was then that mcdonald dropped caston and turner off at turners and mcdonald proceeded to move on with his night meeting ms harris at the motel on Cleveland Aven._THIS WAS WHERE MCDONALD WAS AND IS INNOCENT FOLKS…… Meanwhile, turner at his home with caston, turned over a gun to caston and caston left the home of turner and walked home which was right down the street from his home with the gun, retrieving the keys from his girlfriends driving her red caviler.

- Caston's destination alone and mission to seek revenge was to the home of caffey. It was then during a stop-by that he turned out his head lights and opened fired 32 rounds of ammunition into the home of caffey. You should also know that during this gun sfire shoot out, Mr. caffey was shooting back as officers confiscated a smoking gun in the dryer. This is critical also, emergency room dr's revealed that the bullet wound that struck ms. Johnson came from the direction of the house and not the street. Baxter has all this information but do you really think he will tell the Johnson family this information or the newspaper . HECK KNOW

- Now get this, Turner admits that he heard the shots ring out, as caffeys home was in within range that he could you can hear the gun fire. Turner immediately knew that caston followed through with what he was planning to do, so he ran down to castons home, no car, and no caston. Turner admits that he returned back to his home pacing the floor worried sick as to what caston had done. All he could think about is how stupid he was to have given him his gun.

- Turner admits that later, caston is home and turner runs over to castons, only to find caston with his brother terry it was then that caston informed he shot up the home of jerome caffey and was instructed to rinse his hands in bleach by terry and that both got rid of the murder weapon throwing it lake erie. It was also reported that caston stated the police would never recover the gun because they threw the gun in lake erie. We all know that Lake Erie has no bottom.

_ So folks perfect plan for Baxter to set mcdonald up. Boy was he on to something; he wanted him for drugs that never happened, by gosh was he going to pin this murder on him. He's a mess that Baxter. SO READ BETWEEN THE LINES- mcdonald was framed he was no where near crime he was simply in a motel with ms harris having himself one heck of a good time. I know he wishes he would have been home with his wife and kids you think?

YOU FIGURE THE REST,,,,, please tell me if i should provide more information.

- that fact that the police did not know what kind of car was used in the shooting until baxter interviewed caston and caston said that there were 3000 cavilers , baxter stated himself caston was a dummy because it was caston who gave up the goods about the car that was used. Baxter never asked what car was used, caston did great work to help the investigation. Oh I forget caston was simply too drunk and couldn’t remember yeah right ! Baxter then order's the police to search the red caviler and guess what people they found three shell casings, but didn't bother to dust for finger prints placing, mcdonald and turner in the car. Caston also mentioned that he was so drunk he couldn't remember until baxter got in his ear about mcdonald and how badly he wanted him. So every time you erase my post look for me to keep telling this story.

I'm hear to haunt you - happy Halloween.

-

Anonymous

OK GUYS- My last comment was ERASED. Listen I submitted explicit details of the night of events regarding the shooting that accused McDonald and Turner of Murder –

So hear it comes again, JUST WATCH HOW QUICKLY THIS WILL BE ERASED, right before your eyes.... I think I'm on to something good.

- The night of the shooting Baxter accused three guys because they were all seen at the club together. While at the club caston is involved in an argument with jerome caffey over who can bench press the most weights.

- That very night, mcdonald drove both turner and caston to the club picking them up in his white car. Please note that caston and turner both were picked up at turner's home and mcdonald was driving his own vehicle, not riding with caston as Baxter has indicated. .

- After the club closes, caston was still very angry and intoxicated as he was ranting and raving about seeking revenge against caffey. You should all know that this was an argument with Caston and Caffey only. McDonald, once again, gave turner and caston a ride home from the club and before they reached their final destinations they stopped at the shell gas station, it was there that McDonald purchased party mixers and condoms for his evening with Ms. Harris. Ms. Harris had purchased a hotel in her name at the motel on Cleveland avenue and it was a mutual agreement that they would meet immediately after mcdonalds night at the club.

- It has been noted that while at the gas station, caston was observed by several people as to have been extremely intoxicated and angry, he was so out of control that he asked terry mcdonald if he had a gun to go kill caffey. Mcdonald had planned an intimate evening with ms harris and he was not entertaining caston with his ill thoughts. Besides, caston never hung out with mcdonald this was turner's friend. Turner stated that know one paid caston any attention because he always behaved in that fashion especially when he was drunk. Turner also admitted that caston would always want his gun and he would often give it to him as caston was only talking when he was drunk.

- As they left the shell gas station it was then that mcdonald dropped caston and turner off at turners and mcdonald proceeded to move on with his night meeting ms harris at the motel on Cleveland Aven._THIS WAS WHERE MCDONALD WAS AND IS INNOCENT FOLKS…… Meanwhile, turner at his home with caston, turned over a gun to caston and caston left the home of turner and walked home which was right down the street from his home with the gun, retrieving the keys from his girlfriends driving her red caviler.

- Caston's destination alone and mission to seek revenge was to the home of caffey. It was then during a stop-by that he turned out his head lights and opened fired 32 rounds of ammunition into the home of caffey. You should also know that during this gun sfire shoot out, Mr. caffey was shooting back as officers confiscated a smoking gun in the dryer. This is critical also, emergency room dr's revealed that the bullet wound that struck ms. Johnson came from the direction of the house and not the street. Baxter has all this information but do you really think he will tell the Johnson family this information or the newspaper . HECK KNOW

- Now get this, Turner admits that he heard the shots ring out, as caffeys home was in within range that he could you can hear the gun fire. Turner immediately knew that caston followed through with what he was planning to do, so he ran down to castons home, no car, and no caston. Turner admits that he returned back to his home pacing the floor worried sick as to what caston had done. All he could think about is how stupid he was to have given him his gun.

- Turner admits that later, caston is home and turner runs over to castons, only to find caston with his brother terry it was then that caston informed he shot up the home of jerome caffey and was instructed to rinse his hands in bleach by terry and that both got rid of the murder weapon throwing it lake erie. It was also reported that caston stated the police would never recover the gun because they threw the gun in lake erie. We all know that Lake Erie has no bottom.

_ So folks perfect plan for Baxter to set mcdonald up. Boy was he on to something; he wanted him for drugs that never happened, by gosh was he going to pin this murder on him. He's a mess that Baxter. SO READ BETWEEN THE LINES- mcdonald was framed he was no where near crime he was simply in a motel with ms harris having himself one heck of a good time. I know he wishes he would have been home with his wife and kids you think?

YOU FIGURE THE REST,,,,, please tell me if i should provide more information.

- that fact that the police did not know what kind of car was used in the shooting until baxter interviewed caston and caston said that there were 3000 cavilers , baxter stated himself caston was a dummy because it was caston who gave up the goods about the car that was used. Baxter never asked what car was used, caston did great work to help the investigation. Oh I forget caston was simply too drunk and couldn’t remember yeah right ! Baxter then order's the police to search the red caviler and guess what people they found three shell casings, but didn't bother to dust for finger prints placing, mcdonald and turner in the car. Caston also mentioned that he was so drunk he couldn't remember until baxter got in his ear about mcdonald and how badly he wanted him. So every time you erase my post look for me to keep telling this story.

I'm hear to haunt you - happy Halloween.

-

Anonymous

i'm curious as to why we are not privey to hearing about the shooting with mcdonald. is it becuz baxter set him up or what ?

Anonymous

Yesterday's front page edition of the SR has an article GRANDMA ALLEGEDLY ABUSED 4 YEAR OLD GIRL. It then goes on to state that this happened in the year 2000!
Kevin Baxter is quoted as saying that it is not unusual for cases of alleged sexual abuse involving children to take a long time to come to trial.
Oh, come on already, Mr. Baxter! Nine years?????? I also noticed that there is yet another infamous Erie County CONFLICT OF INTEREST in the case.....
WHAT IN THE HE** IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTY, ANYWAY?

Anonymous

In the legal section of the SR (October 23, 2008) there are six Erie County insurance agents that failed to comply with the continuing education requirements of section 3905.481 of the Revised Code for the 2005/2006 compliance period---therefore, their insurance licenses were revoked.
It further states that each of the six individuals may file an appeal as set forth in O.R.C.119.12 in the court of the common pleas in the COUNTY in which his/her business is located OR the common pleas in the COUNTY that the agent RESIDES IN.
The above has nothing to do with my case but OHIO LAW and the jurisdiction of COUNTIES sure do.
How does a case of FRAUD in an Erie County Probate Estate against an insurance company and OTHERS get FIXED by a Cuyahoga County judge in the jurisdiction of Cuyahoga County when the deceased WAS A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF ERIE COUNTY and the insurance agent does BUSINESS and RESIDES in ERIE COUNTY?

Anonymous

Dear Jackie,

Unlike you I am afraid. Not for myself but for the Kids I mentioned that still have a court hearing coming up.

I for one will for sure be writing a letter to the link you left for us and I sure hope that it will do some good!

I thank you very much for your help as I have been grabbing for straws and writing letters and hahah have heard nothing back thus far. We have even appealed to Matt to be in the said hearing and haven't heard anything back!

Please some one stop the madness.

Kevin Baxter isn't the only bad link here and I think They should all go down!!!!!!!!!!!! Major audits of casses and accounting need to be done for all county officials and the lawyers and their buddies that enter twine here!

Anonymous

Does anyone know if there is going to be a town hall meeting? I would love to attend, and show my support.

Who is organizing it?
Please provide a list of places that you are considering using for the event.

Anonymous

Town hall meeting for what? Why don't you just report the whole friggin bunch and your cases to the State Bar and if they won't do anything report them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Corrupt judges and prosecutors who hold the upper hand CANNOT protect their "friends" no matter what..........if they could then there would be no point of even having a legal system.....

Anonymous

HAS DONE JUST AS YOU'VE SUGGESTED. SHE WAS DISBARRED AND LOCKED-UP FOR CHALLENGING THIS CORRUPT SYSTEM AND EXPOSING THE PLAYERS. ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS???

Anonymous

LET'S HAVE IT AT HIGH NOON IN THE HALL OUTSIDE BAXTER'S OFFICE. LET'S ESTABLISH A DATE AND HAVE IT COVERED BY THE SR.

Anonymous

A town hall meeting would allow the citizens in the community the opportunity to voice their concerns and complaints to the public officials in a face off.

In the latter part of 2007 the citizens of cuyahoga requested a town hall meeting and it was permitted and also televised by 19 Action News.

I believe that we all have enough legitimate concerns with the corrupt judicial system in Erie County to request the issues regarding judicial fairness be addressed by our local public servants.

I believe that this event could draw a group large enough to book the Nia Convention Center at Kalahari.

However, there are several other places that could possibly accommadate a large crowd, e.i., Sandusky High School Auditorium, The Conference Room at the County Building, and the VFW club.

If anyone has any suggestions please post them so that I can receive some feedback. I am sure that the Sandusky Register would love to attend and provide full coverage of this event.

Anonymous

People.... get a life! If Baxter is so corrupt, why does no one ever run against him? Don't say that he and his so called 'GOB's' run this town. There are more honest people in this town than not. To many of the slander-happy bloggers, he or someone in his office probably handled a case against you and that is why you are so bitter. The others probably don't have a single thought for him/herself and allows themselves to be lead by the nose. How sad.

Anonymous

There an article by Mike Fitzpatrick - that states OFFBEAT: Conspiracy ? I don't think so. He's harming mcdonald, ejay baxter, krista harris, to name a few, He actually states that Kevin BAxter is a great prosecutor and justifying kevins misconduct. .... Please check this story out !

Anonymous

Are you from Cuyahoga County? Do you know for a fact that this practice is going on or are you just following the nay sayers in this town? I am from Cuyahoga County. I do know attorneys in both parties and I doubt what you are stating is going on. Again, what a sad state this town and some of the people who reside here. It doesn't matter what party you belong, or no party at all, it sounds more like some of the bloggers are watching to much television. Like I said before, People.....get a life

Anonymous

Why hasn't Kevin filed a lawsuit against Krista Harris? I mean, hey, if this lady says that she was forced into a non-consensual sexual relationship well you would think that this white guy would at least sue her in court. Right.

Something isn't right with this case. I think that Baxter had some type of relationship with Harris. What do you all think?

Anonymous

I am very much interested in hearing Krista's version of events. From what I can recall she states that Kevin Baxter set her up on sham theft charges. I would like to know if that is true, and can it be proven from court documents? What is all of the talk about Double Jeopardy? How many times was she tried in a court of law? Why was she offered Diversion by the Prosecutor, then to receive a 5 year prison sentence because she took the case to trial.

Now I know that doesn't make any sense to me. Can someone explain why the state would make such a sweeeet offer to the defendant to only turn around and the state that they want her to go to prison for 10 years. Something is not right with her case. How many counts was she indicted on? How many counts was she convicted on? What type of prison sentence was imposed?

Inquiring minds would like to know

Anonymous

TERRI GRIFFITH, WHO ESCAPED (SLIMED OUT OF) THE SERVICE CENTER HIT AND RUN LAST YEAR...AND THEN RETIRED?

Anonymous

Richard Cox of SCLC would like to give you an interview to the register.

Southern Christian Leadership Group.

THE NAACP in Sandusky are useless. They will not help put Kevin Baxter away because they are SCARED TO DEATH OF THIS MAN. It's ridiculous how much power this man has.

Anonymous

Dear CSI,

Are you suggesting now that she was afraid Baxter threatened to harm her physically?
I think you made her case not his!

thus removing the potential for physical retaliation on her.

Anonymous

YOU sure can tell by reading the comments each and every time one of the Club posts a comment. It so general a statement and only to attack posters. Many of us may not have the resources to change any thing but we're sure as H*** not to stupid to see what is going on. You get a life and You go back out and play with your buddies while ya can. Quit monitoring these blogs if they bother you so much! Are you worried to much fact will come out or are you watchinig so you can help squelch the poster that has the balls to post it?

Anonymous

RE: Town meeting,

After the election is a bit to late don't ya think?

Why isn't it in the town hall or public town place? Why should any of us pay more money to see if any of them will even show up?

Are we to intice them there with the thought of a fine meal at one of the local tourist traps?

If there is one it sure shouldn't be about comfort or coffee getting served!!!!!

Good luck to you...you'll Never see this come to pass anymore then any of us can get results in private forum!

Anonymous

Why doesn't any of the lawyers around run against Baxter? Because I'd say at the rate They are digging into ppls pockets in all this mess, it'd be a cut in pay for them! Plus more accountability could some day be forced upon them!

Anonymous

LaSALLE BUILDING LOBBY. MODERATOR: THAT'S THE PROBLEM, THEY'RE ALL PART OF THE BROKEN SYSTEM. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

HOW ABOUT CARL MONDAY?

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