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.



@iamrevolutionary I would really like to see a similar feature myself. Actually, the fact that the comment registration on our current platform does not offer that and some other, similar functionality was the primary reason I, personally, was reluctant to turn on the comment registration at this time. (Obviously, at a certain point the problems of the comments sections were greater than the problems of the registration system.) We have something similar right now on Funcoast and Fandy, which are both operating on a more advanced, but more experimental platform. As we continue upgrading this system, what you're referencing will certainly be a priority...


hey matt--- where is that sanders column for me to comment on? that racist piece of trash. he wonders why there is such a divide among the colors in this country and yet his ilk continue to perpetuate it on aregular basis. he makes me sick. "the slave becomes the master" he is by far the biggest idiot i can think of. does he go to reverend wrights church?
people want to put that junk behind us. people want to live without color. the racism he always speaks of is behind most of us. and yet people like him continue to throw it in our faces. they continue to blame us just because we happen to be white.
i had nothing to do with any of this past he speaks constantly of. NOT MY FAULT. he looks as though he has done well for himself. how is that possible in a society supposedly geared to keep him down?
i am sick and tired of his kind of trash. pull his plug and people like him and eventually just maybe we can all be on color-- RED, WHITE, AND BLUE...


Great idea reader, I second that!


Hmmmm...seems like the States that collect the least amount of taxes and small goverment spending do much better.

So, why "change" that?

Winston Smith

Good reporting Mr. Jackson!

Unfortunately, it's probably wasted on the economic dunderheads.

Also take a look at The Tax Foundation's latest States' Rankings on 38 Different Tax and Fiscal Measures:

A sampling:

Ohio ranked 47th in State Business Tax Climate

Ohio ranked 33rd in Corporate Tax Index

Ohio ranked 47th in Individual Income Tax

Ohio ranked 46th in Property Tax

Based on the above, it would appear that a lot of Ohio's economic pain is self inflicted.

Why would any profit seeking private enterprise want to open shop in Ohio?

A Sovereign American

Yes, excellent story!

Winston Smith

Also worth a gander regarding Ohio from The Tax Foundation website:


In a nutshell, the most sensible game plan for young Ohioans is:

Get educated and get out!

Winston Smith

A blast from the past.

Here's The Guv and The Lt. Guv writing to the world in Sept. '08 that Ohio's just doin' fine:

I kept this in my Favorites just for special occasions. Glad to share.


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What a profound short little paragraph.....

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by
legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

This is the kind of nonsense that our great commander in chief wants to do. Why don't we all just quit our jobs and let ole bag of broccoli take care of us !!!


Thanks for reviewing and responding so thoroughly to my input Nick. I appreciate/respect the level of interaction you're having with us readers in these blogs, and the technical improvements as they continue to roll out as well. Keep up the good work!


great job rufus. now you can get off of your soapbox. is it not a great country or what? now we are all equal. now you can stop playing the race card every time we turn around. "the slave has become the master" right rufus? i am always impressed with your rants. it appears to me that you have done pretty well for yourself over the years, huh? not too much holdin' old rufus down? it sure is easy to point the finger though, huh?
see it is people like you and the chosen few in your community that keep driving that wedge between all of us. see rufus, i am not a racist. that is the truth. i do not see color. i do not treat people the way you seem to claim we all do. you keep bringing it up and it keeps it all fresh in these young peoples minds. you act as though because of the color of your skin we all owe you for the hardships your ancestors suffered.
wrong answer. i had nothing to do with any of that. neither did my family. they were poor dirt farmers from germany and italy. they had no money and were treated as second rate citizens. even my grandfather could not get water to his property because his last name was not a popular one. you think you were the only people to see discrimination? please.
go read some of the idiocies that are being written about on the "three charged in sandusky home invasion" story. tell these uneducated thugs that the only way to a better life is to get an education like you did, and pull up your pants, get some good clothes and some manners, stop desecrating the english language and persue your dreams. stop looking to jay-z and puffy and the drug lords for your survival. for crying out loud a black man is president. i am sure he was not a thug or drug dealer.

i guess what it boils down to for me is the simple fact, you keep your race down by giving all these excuses why society has failed them. why they are entitled to all of the preferential treatment. what kind of environment does it create when someone gets a job based on the color of their skin and not whether they deserve it or not?

"the slave has become the master" right on brother. now the playing field is nice and level. you won't need to stand on your soapbox to see over me...


What??? I demand a recount!!


My mother has been on this program for years and we thank GOD. She has had to have numerous surgeries and has yet to pay $1 out of pocket thanks to the QMB! It also puts more money in her pocket every month because it pays her Medicare payment and co-pays! For all you seniors out there having a hard time making ends meet this is a very smart GREAT program.


Do you realize that the Flaming of the best bands of the 90's and maybe from Okalahoma? Oklahoma City to be exact.

joe baumgartner

Excuse me Mr Cordray, Elected public official, but explain to John Q public why this is not a public record. I am not an attorney, and would not want to be in this state. The Public deserves an explanation, your interpretation of the law. Please explain, we are all waiting to hear. You should be the expert, let's see what you have got to say.


Wow Matt, you better hope these accusations you speak of are true and are public record, if not you could looking to get sued for Defamation of Character. THAT is a trial, I would definately attend!!!

Winston Smith

90s? That's so yesterday.

Those are typical politicians for ya, no imagination.

Shoulda picked some good hard workin’ Red Dirt music by the likes of Cross Canadian Ragweed or Jason Boland.


Should it give one pause while flying into Okie City to realize that it named its airport in honor of an airplane passenger casualty?


Matt, the Register should sue the City of Sandusky and the State of Ohio for these records.


At first I was thinking the Nuesse - Baxter - Kline saga would be the makings for a great movie, but then I realized, no one would ever believe it.


I'm all for Matt and the Register exposing BAXTER, KLINE, CORDRAY, STAHL, MURRAY and the rest of the good ole boy network. The one issue that bothers me the most is when a blogger does the very same thing you are doing here, your commando cowboys remove it and state it is a personal attack.
You did it to Crackhead and myself on the Rufas Sanders article.
You talk the talk, but you don't walk the walk. How are you supposed to debate on an article without mentioning the persons name? Inquiring minds want to know!!! ~ º ¿ º ~


Mr. Westerhold,

Maybe you should fight for copies of those reports with the same vigor you used to fight for the list of CCW holder names.


to mr. sandusky



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Conspiracy Theorist

You put out some nice commentaries, Matt. You would be surprised by some of the players involved in Ohio, even the ones that EB mentioned. Take for example the visiting judge Richard Markus who was mainly responsible for the imprisonment of EB. His son Kent Markus is chief legal counsel to Governor Ted Strickland.

Kent Markus and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason were considered as replacements for Marc Dann. There are a lot of players in Ohio who will only protect each other. That is why only an investigation by the USDOJ will be needed to uncover the truth. The FBI used out of state agents when they raided the Cuyahoga County offices because some of the OHIO federal agents would have tipped off the crooks in Cleveland.

Keep up the good work, Matt. Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich tried to have some members of the Chicago Tribune editorial staff fired because they criticized Blogo in the newspaper. Blogo's attempt to have the editorial staff fired is contained here on page 8, paragraph 15.

If it were not for the Chicago Tribune's commentaries and reporting critically of Blogo, I doubt that nobody would have paid attention to Blogo and there would not have been a federal investigation. Newspapers can be a very powerful tool to expose corruption in government. Remember that it was The Washington Post that was responsible for uncovering Watergate and bringing Nixon down.


Truthfully, I think the people of Sandusky are sick and tired of all of this mess. Obviously, a double standard applied and I could not find ANYTHING in he ORC of Sandusky that allows that.

From the beginning this entire situatio with council and Nussee and all those involved smacks of intimidation, cover-ups and misconduct by specific council members.

I did a LOT of reseach today and the meeting with Nussee at the Fire Station and its resulting suit is a violation of the Sunshine law.

I think those involved knew full well what they were doing hoping no one would legally take this matter to task.

Brian Crandall ran for the hills, (I think all started with him), Murray had bigger ambitions and took his course, leaving Sandusky in his past. That leaves Stahl, who seems lost and uncomfortable and literally holding the bag on this.

We need a recall of those involved and each concerned citizen should take part. Its necessary because it involves the character of those involved and obviously they have none


Way to go Ken!! Keep up the good work!


Matt, I respectfully understand your obsession with the corruption in our city politics. Maybe your next soapbox could be why our politicians aren't pursuing any businesses but seasonal. Bring that out in the front. Families can't live on seasonal jobs.

Julie R.

After the unfair way they fired Kim Nuesse, I don't know how the city of Sandusky can get away with concealing the city's investigation into Kline. I don't think they can----the snakes are pulling off another fast one, probably on the advice of Cirigliano and the Cleveland attorneys. If they get away with it, you can bet the report will "disappear" in due time. The Attorney General is pulling off a fast one, too........but I don't think it's BAXTER that they are worried about.