Murman report: A mile wide and an inch deep

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

When he first began his $20,000 integrity probe of police Chief Kim Nuesse, attorney Michael Murman sent out a press release.

Anyone with “first-hand knowledge of accusations” against Nuesse should contact him. He also wanted to hear from anyone with “counter-accusations against other city officials.”

But Murman used different words to describe that invitation in the summary report of his investigation:

“(Despite) the almost constant presence of the investigators in the community over the past 10 weeks and a press release inviting those with information favorable to the chief to come forward, their silence has been deafening.”

Congratulations to city commissioners Dennis Murray Jr. and Craig Stahl, and city manger Matt Kline and law director Don Icsman.

You got exactly what you wanted: An investigation all boxed up that says exactly what you wanted it to say.


Sue Daugherty

DEAR kURT, That's my point! Own your age... and those characteristics you just described are what will become valued instead of the superficial characteristics we value today.

Thanks for commmenting!! -- Sue

Sue Daugherty

I'm one of those "over 35 year old's you are blogging about. I am amazed at how willing the teens and young adults are about posting unflattering information about their private lives on line.

And for those things that aren't "unflattering", what assures the person that their information won't be obtained by someone else and misused?


You are correct, Mr. Sandusky: "Gold Lion" is the name of the song; thanks for keeping me accurate. I'm out of town, but I'll change it when I return Monday.

I agree with you. I think it's silly when people get upset that a band makes an album that doesn't sound like their previous album. Bands, like all things, evolve. It's a Catch 22 for musicians: If they don't change, critics may say they've run out of ideas and become stale. If they do change, people act surprised and often complain. It's tough to please everyone...

Winston Smith

One of my favorite aphorisms:

When you're green you grow; when you're ripe you rot.

And a ponderous one from Satchel Page that kinda gets to the heart of your blog entry Ms. Daugherty:

'How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?'




I forgot one thing:

Ever notice that the drummer for the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's looks like a live version of Milhouse from the Simpsons? Watch the "Gold Lion" video and you will see what I mean.


How much is he suing for? Does anybody know the answer to that question.

And, who is representing that jerk, and is the county paying for his representation?

Brett The Hitma...

If you mean in football i doubt the pirates come out with a win, Sandusky might not be a great football program, but they still will win this fall. BTW perkins has anything but a average baseball team, they are state caliber.


Do they also teach you to report the "facts" on BOTH sides of the issues?


To: Pat & Julie R.

(Pat) Why is he a jerk???? Matt Westerhold has done nothing but try and destroy everyone who opposes Kim Nuesse and he finally went too far. Westerhold has NO defense here, you CAN NOT do what he did over the months and not have to answer for it. He did this all in the name of "defending" Kim Nuesse.

(Julie R.) You seem to have a lot knowledge, but never really say anything. You people are so quick to defend this guy who has a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth and someone finally called him on it. I am guessing Brian Baxter could care less if he gets one penny from this case, he just wants Westerhold to answer for attempting to destroy the reputations of several city officials. This is gonna be a GREAT trial, well for SOME....

hancrack me up

If this trial ever even gets off the ground it will drain city taxpayers dry because that's where Bax will dip into to pay for it. As soon as the Neusse thing ends we can all be tired of seeing this on the front page every day.

Erie Countian

CM, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I feel there has been a lot of very unprofessional journalism going on in the pages of the Register. Might be a good idea if Mr. Jackson (and others) enrolled in a session regarding fair and unbiased reporting while at this conference. I am not on either side of the Nuesse issue, nor am I a fan of many of our elected officials, but I would like to be able to read just the facts regarding both sides of an issue and make up my own mind about things. I do not believe the Register is currently reporting on local issues in an unbiased manner. I also found it very telling that no comments were allowed on Friday's article regarding the Baxter/Register lawsuit, but the comment section was open for Sunday's Nuesse article. Why the blockage on selected articles on a related topic?


Had this discussion with my wife and she recalls her first experience with "the importance of a female based on looks" at 8 years old.

Women have accepted this marketing allusion for over a hundred years. No one to blame but yourselves. Stop drinking the kool-aid.


The reason the newspaper is blocking the blog of Kevin Baxter's suit is they have been WARNED under Kevie's advisement. All matt did was open up comments unde his article. We all know that Kevin is a piece of crap and his reputation was detroyed way before Matt was on to him. You'd think this stupid freak would step down and resign all he's doing is opening a can of worms to destroy himslef. its obvious he's operating on on a thin string right with this riduclous suit :)..... lol A law suit over the truth is saying hes on some serious drugs. maybe the coke has made himslef a believer of him being an honest man you think . Did he forget the lives he's destroyed as a vicious act or is he suffereing from some sort of amnesia ? Kevie get off the coke and get help you slime ball. You will never be respected in Erie County as a prosecutor it's too late ~ You've ruined your own reputation.


What happened to that kid from Huron that transfer to Perkins to play baseball? He was supposed to be a great pitcher. Did he get hurt? Don't see his name mentioned in any article about Perkins.His name was Krumluf or something like that.



The unholy attorneys are now in charge of the "Free Press."
Here is what they do:
1. Tell Matt to halt any further opinions Re; Baxter. (and he's probably not permitted to say that).
2. They want copies of eveything written at The Register regarding Baxter.
3. They will want copies of EVERY blog PRINTED by The Register.
4. Hopefully, a legal EXPERT in libel, slander and defamation will meet and explain why The Register has nothing to worry about.
Kevin Baxter is a "Public Person." All elected officials live in glass houses. Look up the definitions in an online law dictionary
of "Private Persons" and Public Persons."

My legal opinion: Baxter has no law firm representing him. They would not take it on a contingency basis. He has filed the legal action as a smoke screen, attempting to cloud what appears to be the end of his career.

Just what Erie County court will hear this case? All local judges will excuse themselves. Baxter may ask this case be transferred to another county. Where, East? He will probably offer that because of The Register, he cannot get a fair deal in Erie County --- IF there's an eventual jury situation.

The Register's expert legal team in Cleveland (the best in the country regarding defamation -- I know 'em), will drag this out because they know Baxter will have to foot their legal expenses.

So, Matt's hands are tied up at this time, and I suspect he is boiling. Folks, be patient. He will bounce back! I have been sued for defamation a dozen times---never lost a case. All Vs. Public Persons.
Have a good day Cobb

Jackie White

Kevin you should say your sorry to the McDonald fmaily for printing in the newspaper that Dewitt was an terrible person. You posed in the register with a 9mm convicing the readers that your officers confiscated the gun that killed Vivivan Johnson. You listed everything that you could think of about Dewitt that was bad press even when you knew he was never charged with a crime that you stated in your register. Maybe we should sue the Register also ? Kevin you were on this witch hunt to get a conviction for the murder of Vivian Johnson so wants wrong with the editors to be on one against you. You had the newspaper wrapped around your finger from the early 80's to up until now. Whatever Kevin wanted Kevin got it. You know Kevin, what you did back when is considered a volation of the 8th Ammendment...... How dare you sue the news paper now. Its fun when when you were having your way controlling Sandusky and the Press. it was game to you wasn't it Kevin. It was never an issue then so why is it now. Oh I know, the truth hurts right kevin the truth hurts. Now that the truth is being printed about you and people see you for who you are its a hard pill to swallow, right. So Kevin are you saying that the public should disregard, Krista Harris affidavidt stating that she witnesssed our dearest prosecutor sniffing cocaine at his home ? Don't forget we have a case pending in federal court against you Kevin. What goes around comes around. Your day is here, so face it and be ready to make yourself accountable Kevin. Good Luck Matt ~ You have nothing to worry about. Kevin's reputation has been detroyed way before you came on the scene. Once a snake always a snake.


Sorry Streaks, but the Pirates will kick tail on the gridiron this fall as well. The football program just don't have it. They haven't since the late 70's and as far as I can tell, they never will again!


"We know where you live…"

Great motto.

Enjoyed this blog post.

Looking forward to seeing what you thought about "Dancing With The Stars." Come dancing...

Jackie White

Wow, Kevin's making headlines......

She mentions in her story that Kevin Baxter's used cocaine in the presence of Krista Harris as well as mentioning how Krista cahnged her story for Kevin to get a conviction against Dewitt.

Kevin are you going to sue June as well ?



Hey jackie, any updates as to when Dewitt's case will be heard ? Dewitt sure did get a bum deal by being railroaded byr Kevin. It's one thing to do time for something you did, and another to do time for something you didn't do. Doing 15 years in prison is not a walk in the park. Kevin gave Dewitt a life sentence for a piece of tale and a sniff of coke. I'd say he sold his soul to the Devil.....

I surely hope the Federal Courts will see through this and it turns out be favorable for Dewitt. if I were Dewitt when he can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'd stripp kevin of everything including breaking erie county and go after the head of Moyer for allowing Kevin to be a corrupt prosecutor. Not only is Kevin in the spotlight with Dewitt's case Kevin should be shaking in his boots with Shawn Caston hit and run case. I hear Shawn is ready to let Kevin have it so hopefully this will help Dewitt along the way. According to Shawn's folks shawn has cooperated with Dewitt's attorney giving a tape confession of how he was threatened by Kevin. So as you can see Dewitt is not alone. Elsebeth Baumgartner will be next, and the list goes on.

God Bless You and your family.


Oklahoma is finding Dewitt's case interesting. Perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel is closer than you think. I think the Feds are believing McDonald was framed by yours truly.....

In re: Dewitt McDonald, Jr., No. 06-4120 (6th Cir., January 10, 2008): Habeas Corpus; Second/Successive: McDonald is granted permission from the Circuit to file a second habeas petition based on newly discovered facts(!) This is a rarity in habeas corpus praxis but the facts alleged by McDonald fit the bill. McDonald was convicted of multiple counts, including murder, primarily on the strength of the State's star witness, Krista Harris. However, Harris has since alleged by affidavit that the prosecutor in the case threatened her with false criminal charges to not only deliver perjured testimony against McDonald, but also to engage in non-consensual sex with the prosecutor; and, the allegations were corroborated by an affidavit from the prosecutor's brother.


The question that should have been asked of Moyer " Is why is it that complaints filed against Kevin Baxter are never investigated ? Citizens that have filed complaints against Kevin have a wealth of information and evidence. What does it take to get a corrupted lawyer investigated ? Is it that you're just as corrupt Mr. Moyer ?

Boy does he look bad ~ A face lift would do him justice.


hey know itall - the streaks record from 88- 89- 90- was 31-3! I would say that is better than any 3 year run jerkins ever had .

Gyro Cart Guy

Based on school size and geography, this makes the most sense for Edison and Huron.

This could get interesting.


It makes NO sense for Huron, who is a very small D4 in football, and soon to be D5.

They would also be increasing overall travel time and expense, as would Edison.


I would not wait to start weeping in shame.

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson wrote:

'...we covered our own food, lodging, bar tab, etc.'

The cheap SOB's didn't even give you a stipend of an allowance?

Non-reimbursable business expenses! Keep good records of mileage, receipts, etc.

I've been self-employed for yrs. It’s amazing how the accretion of those little almost inconsequential expenses add up to some big deductions at tax time.

Rick Studer

Thus proving the idiom “It takes one to know one”. Idiom-it.


Girl, you will not be single long at all. You are beautiful!!
The guys will be beating your door down!!
Stay on track. You can do this! Sheila