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.

Comments

underthebridge

I've been thinking. KB isn't going to sue the Register. Why? Because if he sues the Register then it opens HIM up to discovery. Unless of course, he charges an entire newspaper with "falsification."

Sam

When this entire Nuesse mess is completed Matt Westerhold will be history and the Sandusky Registerag will be owned by Kevin Baxter. This entire coverage by the Registerag has been a witch hunt to distract the truth away from the facts concerning Nuesse. It has been a well planned attack with bias, unfair coverage and total fabrication on the part of the management of the Registerag. We can only ask why?

ERNesbitt

Is that a red Ford Swingline... er Focus? Who else got the "Office Space" reference?

curious

Great job Kristin....keep up the good work! Sheila

Julie R.

Sam: I think you have it backwards. It was a witch hunt against Nuesse. The attack was biased, unfair and a total fabrication of flat-out lies.......but it sure wasn't well-planned!

Winston Smith

Ooops. I almost forgot another Okie musician that those dopey bureaucrats undoubtedly missed:

Watermelon Slim.

http://www.watermelonslim.com/in...

Mr. Willie Dixon said it best:

'The Blues is the truth; if it’s not the truth, it’s not the Blues.'

Anonymous

Hi guys,
In fairness to the bureaucrats, the selection of the official state rock song in Oklahoma was made by ordinary folks, who voted on the Internet. They had slim pickings -- Oklahoma just hasn't produced many really big rock stars, compared for example to Ohio. Oklahoma has done better growing country and western singers such as Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and many others.

Yes, it is pretty ironic Oklahoma City welcomes visitors to Will Rogers Airport.

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson you make an excellent point.

When local newspapers fold, who's to give the citizenry potentially important information regarding the doings of their elected and nonelected officials?

The web may be handy for big picture news items, but it tends to be inadequate in regards to reporting local news.

Locally, citizens can often make a difference; nationally we tend to have little-to-no control.

Good to know that you're on the job.

Reminds me of Tip O'Neill's famous quote: 'All politics is local.'

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson:

Yes, of course I read and understood that the citizenry made the selection.

But I sometimes just can't help myself from casting aspersions on the blood-s*cking flea on the body politic - the bureaucrat.

reader

Keep up the good work, Tom. An informed citizenry is important.

00SEVEN

Hey Matt, what happened to your newest blog ( WAKE UP AND SNORT THE COCAINE). Did you get your a$$ spanked by Baxter and the boys?

BLACKJACK

justchickingmyrigister

Keep Focused

Tom,

I see you alot at community events and at various govermental meeting. I observe what happens at the meetings and then see how that plays out in the printed word.

I feel you do a great job in reporting the news. I know that you watch what takes place and then dig for additional information to make you written story more informative than the actual event.

You are plesent and hard working all at the same time.

Good Job!

Anonymous

For those that believe everything that they read and do very little independent thought and research the answer is that it is making them less intelegent....or maybe more miss-informed.

reader

What happened to your previous blog entry, Matt ?

Winston Smith

Gotta tell ya; I love researching info on the Web. It's akin to having the largest set of encyclopedias ever constructed.

This morning I was scanning on-line London newspapers in order to get their take on PM Brown's recent visit. How cool is that?

I sure wish I woulda had this tool in school.

firelands411.bl...

I think it widens the divide between critical thinkers and those who haven't learned how to do it, Nick. The web is powerful but with all it's potential, it's just another tool and children are either going to learn how to use it or they're not. The future belongs to those who know how to use tools placed at their disposal. The development of technology in today's world far outpaces the ability of normal people to integrate it into their lives - and sometimes when they do, the tech is more of a distraction than an enhancement. I go back and forth on this debate too. Until it drives me to turning off the computer to go play with the kids at the park.

gotnobucks

You can do this! Remember....You Are All That!

Winston Smith

Some folks better take the opportunity to put that number on speed dial; cuz according to the Federal Reserve it’ll probably get increased usage.

'The Federal Reserve estimates home prices could fall 18 to 29 percent more by the end of 2010.'

See: http://www.usatoday.com/money/to...

Obama continues to yak about education, energy and health care, none of which are germane to the problem.

Until the banks are straightened out and home prices begin to stabilize, this economy will continue in freefall.

Obama and his merry band of geniuses have been MIA on substantive plans regarding these two major issues.

Several years of too much credit and cheap money are coming back to bite us, it’s gonna take a while to work it’s way through the system.

Of course, Obama’s massive deficit spending plans along with more cheap money and oodles of credit will only eventually morph into a much larger future problem, but that’s another story for another day.

Anonymous

Mr. Westerhold could you look into this.

http://forums.sanduskyregister.c...

Anonymous

I like that ... wait, I don't mean I like it, but that's an interesting take. Both are true for different people. While the previous generation was so much about bringing society together, this generation seems so much about polarizing it. The thought disparity of the internet seems like just another way...

N.

mikel

These individuals should all be cited for "reckless endangerment". The cost should then be divided by the number of individuals and they should be fined that amount! Idiots.

ibd1

Bah, humbug. That is what we have these services for. You make them leave there warm huts and cable tv and they complain. I do not participate in any off shore activities, but those who do, pay the bills for those who are raising a stink.

Chung Lee

Chung Lee see Coast Guard tell cost of rescue but City no tell cost of Nuesse Investigation? Chung Lee find very odd.

ibd1

I 2nd that thought.

mikel

All of these people should be charged with "reckless endangerment". They then should divide the cost by the number of idiots out there and fine each of them that amount.

TheScientist

mikel, i didn't hear you the first two times. Can you say that again?

Winston Smith

Mr White, your comment reminded me of the following:

' All technological change is a Faustian bargain. For every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.'

- Neil Postman

Mechanical clocks were originally developed in the 14th Century in Europe in order to help remind Christian believers to faithfully recite their morning, afternoon and evening prayers.

How well is that original concept working in today's increasingly humanistic Western world?

outsider

Not my choice but he is our president. I will support him. I won't let politics replace my first responsibility as an American.

Sue Daugherty

For those of you who liked what "Outsider" said... not letting "politics replace my first responsibility as an American" (I'm interpreting that to mean civic engagment -- is that what you meant, Outsider?) Here's a good link if you truly want to know more/do more to engage yourself in our country's economic recovery. Go to this link to learn a little more...

http://my.barackobama.com/pledge...

Let me put your fears to rest... The pledge is not for money -- it's for your personal involvement. (Also known as "civic engagement)

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