Just 2 Pages of Baxter's Testimony

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

The Register news team has asked repeatedly, under the Ohio Revised Code public records law, for the invoices and expenses from attorney Margaret Cannon and retired judge Joseph Cirigliano Jr. for their work during the civil service hearings for fired police Chief Kim Nuesse.

I estimated their billable hours alone from the hearings would easily top $200,000. The entire cost of the Nuesse debacle that Matt Kline launched on city taxpayers likely already is approaching $1 million.

We also have asked for the opportunity to review and copy the transcripts of Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter's testimony that Cannon's firm used during the latter part of the prolonged hearing process.

These legitimate requests, under the ORC public records law, were not honored or handled by the city in any way resembling professionalism.

The attorney city law director Don Icsman hired to deal with this basic function had not even reviewed the public records law, in my opinion, or appear to have any understanding of it when he called me recently to discuss the requests.

But earlier this week I did receive a two-page photocopy of some of Baxter's testimony, and I thought I would share some highlights:

CANNON: Have you ever been investigated by the BCI (state Bureau of Criminal Investigation)?

BAXTER: You know, I think I have been.

CANNON: Could you tell us a little bit about that to the extent that there's public information?

BAXTER: Well, over the last 10 years, one reason, of course, is that unfortunately there was a fall-out in my family. It came about as a result of my mother's death, and a will contest and there was a lady by the name of Elsebeth Baumgartner who also more or less inserted herself in that unfortunate situation and made some very serious allegations. And when you're in that position that I'm in, you know, rightfully, wrongfully, but I would probably say rightfully, that someone outside here looks at those, not because of the credibility of the allegations, but simply because the allegations have been made. And, in fact, I knew it was going on because the editor of the paper was working at the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram years ago. Matt Westerhold called me ... and alerted me and indicated to me that the BCI had just been talking to him ... he assured me that he advised them that there was nothing to those allegations.   

Baxter did exactly as Cannon asked. He told "us just a little bit about it" and skated away whistling a happy song.

Baxter's memory of his conversation with me way back then is distorted and inaccurate, and his entire testimony at the hearings remains under wraps amid questions of credibility.

Meanwhile, state Attorney General Richard Cordray does his best to make sure the report of the estimated $100,000 BCI investigation of Baxter's alleged cocaine use never sees the light of day.

Comments

SCHLICKK

JOHN O'NAN PLAYS A BIG PART OF THIS WHOLE ORDEAL. HE WAS BETTY MONTGOMERY'S MAIN BOY AND BUDDY OF BAXTER. WISE UP!!!

Retiree

Baxter's credibility in this county is a big fat zero. All the negative things that were said about him and the Erie County Court system shows no one trusts them.

Anonymous
joe baumgartner

If you wanna hang out you've got to take her out, cocaine If you wanna get down, down on the ground , cocaine She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie COCAINE Credits to the great Eric Clapton Let's find out. There are depositions out there that will expose the truth. We just need to have them published. Then we will know the true meaning of falsification. Good evening, Joe

Julie R.

Wow! I didn't know there was a will contest after Baxter's mother's death. Does that mean the Probate Court ignored complaints from family members that the mother's Erie County attorney and Baxter were withholding and concealing her Will? Withholding and concealing a Will is a criminal offense. So is destroying a Will. The Erie County Probate obviously isn't aware of this law. So when was the (forged) Will filed? Two years after her death by Baxter's Sheffield Lake attorney buddies? Who was the (forged) Will signed by? Two honest and respectable Erie County attorneys and/or Erie County judges? Got some real serious issues going on in the Erie County Probate. No wonder Baxter said a forged Will is not a criminal offense.

SCHLICKK

GO KIMMIE, BR THIS WORTHLESS TRASHED-OUT DUMP CITY.

MontegoBay1

Im wondering....I left a post last week blasting City Commissioner Dan Kaman for publicly saying that he is happy that people will be laid off from the city. I citicized him for VERY good reason. My post was removed because of personal attacks on Dan. Yet everyday I read Matt Westerhold blasting everyone from Matt Kline to well, anyone who doesnt believe the way he believes. Where were you Matt when Dan Kaman made these statements? I mean are you in agreement with him? Are you "happy" to hear that people may be losing their jobs? I didnt see any articles blasting Dan Kaman, OH WAIT, he is a Nuesse supporter thats why...Sorry Matt almost forgot. If there is ANYONE who sides with Kim, then they get a free pass from you and your cronies at the SR. I have to woneder how long THIS post will make it through the "Post Police". It is almost as thought Kaman, does not WANT to be re-elected by making these comments yet nothing from the register.....way to go, LET THE BIAS CONTINUE!!!

MontegoBay1

Also Matt, as for Matt Kline "launching" this trial, he did it because Kim felt she had the right to it and she did, so had he not "launched" you would have been all over him for that, so really no matter what, to you the only person who is right here is Kim herself, that about right Matt???

Anonymous

To joecitizen1: I believe Mr. Kamam said he was misquoted. (firelands411blogspot)

Nevertheless, why are you attacking Westerhold and the SR over the Nuesse case? What do you want them to print anyway----glowing reports on how the good 'ole boys were justified in spending a million dollars of taxpayer money to prove she was rightfully fired? How can they do that when every reason given was proven to be a lie? Face it, Mr. joecitizen, Sandusky is a laughingstock. Erie County's retired visiting judge scam at long last has turned into a laughingstock, too. But don't blame Nuesse. She was the VICTIM who deserves every penney she gets and then some!

MontegoBay1

To Julie R:

First off Kim Nuesse is NOT a victim!! Everything that is happening to her, she brought on herself. Second, Matt Westerhold is not being objective on this or anything else he has ever written. Matt is out to prove to Kim that he has some made up powers that can sway this trial in her favor...lol....if anything he has hindered any chances of her gaining a victory, by insulting the very judge that will make this decision. The entire SR staff has done nothing but attacked the entire city government with the exception of those who support Nuesse, i.e. Dan Kaman, who I have yet to hear say he was misquoted in anyway....Besides, why is it that when Dan Kaman says he was misquoted we are all supposed to drop to our knees and believe that he was misquoted, but when ever anyone who opposes Nuesse says they were misquoted for saying ANYTHING theyre liars?? So this is why I am so anti-westerhold...he has no defense..but nice try..

Anonymous

joec:
The Register ran a retraction saying they misquoted Kaman.

Retiree

To joecitizen1: "Misquoting" a person means "to quote incorrectly". A "liar" is when "a person intentionly does not tell the truth". "Perjury" is a "voluntary violation of an oath: false swearing". You pick from the above, the people that testified, what was used in their testiomny. I am well aware of perjury that was committed in the Erie County Court system and nothing way done about it.

Julie R.

Sorry, joecitizen, but I speak from experience how CORRUPT Erie County is. In fact, maybe YOU should start to worry, especially since there are 2 Erie County judges that are part of Baxter's network. (and for the record it is NOT Tone or Delamatre)

I also know first-hand what low-down hyprocrites (and I do mean HYPROCRITES) two of the witnesses that testified against Nuesse are.

As for the SR insulting the judge that is to make the "decision" in the Nuesse case......first, I believe Cirigliano is making a recommendation, not a decision. Second, I don't know of anybody around that can't see right through Erie County's corrupt visiting retired judge scam. After all, they have been using it forever......all the way back to when Cirigliano "fixed" the Probate Estate of Mrs. Baxter.

Julie R.

To joecitizen1: Once again, I don't understand your comment that Matt Westerhold has hindered any chances of Nuesse gaining a victory........Why would a judge base a "recommendation" on a newspaper's opinion of the case? Aren't judges suppose to be UNBIASED and base their rulings on THE FACTS?

Anonymous

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Pat

I think that it's time for Matt Westerhold to file a Writ of Mandamus to the Supreme Court of Ohio so that the public can will have an opportunity to review the transcripts of Baxter's testimony.

Julie R.

Sure hope Erie County has some money left after the Nuesse case because they got ANOTHER lawsuit coming!

Taxpayer

Hey Matt. Please do not give up just because the system is fighting you. I cannot believe all this conspiracy is going on. If everyone is clean, then what is the harm in letting everyone (taxpayers) know the truth. This cloak and dagger politics is supposed to be unacceptable. You know, like Obama says, "transparent." Why can we not see how tax dollars were spent during this entire hearing and during the BCI investigation? It is our money. They are supposed to be held ACCOUNTABLE. This is incredible. Why divert and hide everything? Why lie? People lie to cover up a WRONG. I need to know the truth. Is it out there?

00SEVEN

To Julie R.:

I'm rather sure I know who you are speaking of about the up coming lawsuit. You're right, if we are speaking about the same issue, I'm sure Sams and the rest of the good ole boy network are in for a BIG SURPRISE!!!

John Doe

This just in: Kevin Baxter has filed a lawsuit in Erie County Common Pleas court against the Sandusky Register and Matt Westerhold.

Uhm...why didn't he just charge them with some criminal act like he did Elsabeth. Darn! Now there can be all kinds of evidence brought up at this trial!

It's going to get VERY interesting.

Julie R.

What a piece of scum Baxter is.

Julie R.

To OOSEVEN: My case has nothing to do with Sams and the SPD. It has to do with the scams this County pulled off to conceal fraud (and I do mean FRAUD) pulled off by my mother's attorney, some crook attorney from Lorain County, an insurance company and a Huron bank during the short time my mother was in a nursing home. Erie County didn't want it known because my mother's attorney was a retired Erie County judge.

MontegoBay1

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now youve done it!!!!!

MontegoBay1

To: Julie R.....

Get a life..........

Anonymous

For some reason......We are unable to comment on Baxters suit against the Register. John Doe is right! For KB to win this suit, the things that have been written about him have to be disproven as being false or defamatory. The BCI will have to produce evidence to the contrary of cocaine usage, and everyone knows that he was investigated in his Mothers estate. Good job Matt, forcing Baxters hand. I just hope you don't turn out to be the "sacrificial lamb" in this whole mess. We all know this GOB system runs all the way to Columbus.........This is going to be very interesting.

Julie R.

Baxter and his terrorist buddies have had a lot of "sacrificial lambs" including Kim Nuesse.

Truth or Dare

I'm beyond curious, I WANT TO KNOW IF TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING USED FOR THE REPRESENTATION OF Mr. Baxter in this lawsuit?

Julie R.

Considering how tax dollars were used when old judge C. ruled in Baxter's favor in his mother's estate, I'm sure our tax dollars will be spent on this, also.

Anonymous

I wanted to comment on Baxters suit against the SR, but it no workee. I think you suckered him into this court battle to expose him. If so, good job! I like a fellow who thinks like that. And. Good Luck to ya.

00SEVEN

Matt, make sure you get the Baxter brothers that were CHEATED out of the estate to testify on your behalf. I'm quite sure you won't have any problems getting people to come forward. Also I think it's great that the Register's attornies can object to the hand picked judge for a conflict of interest. I feel that this is just the tip of the iceburg with Baxter. Go get him Matt!!!

ODNR1

It seems that Mr. Baxter cannot take the heat. Now he is suing. Hopefully the truth will come out in the lawsuit.

Anonymous

I just wonder....Who will be representing the Register in this? If I were to bet that it be K. Ron would I be far off? I wonder how Elsebeth might play into this? She certainly isn't a credible witness......But could she be vindicated?

SCHLICKK

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained libelous or defamatory statements.

Julie R.

A prosecutor suing a newspaper? Now I heard it all....But then what would one expect from a city that would fire a Police Chief for no reason at all but their own corrupt agenda and then spend a million dollars of taxpayer money on the SAME 'OLE, SAME 'OLE retired visiting judge SCAM.

Matt Damon

maybe someone will bring a new newspaper here when the register goes bankrupt and shuts down.

Anonymous

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained personal attacks.

Julie R.

Matt Damon: I don't think the Register will go bankrupt but Sandusky and Erie County sure is on the verge. That's what they get for all the years they got away with their corrupt activities!

NineMM

Wonder why the two brothers aren't named as defendants as well...........Shawn was seen dropping off a bunch of paperwork to the Register several months ago, and didn't a suit that E.Jay filed get dismissed a few months back? As far as Else being called as a witness, I don't know if she would be deemed "credible".

Anonymous

All lawsuits in Erie County begin with the number of the year they are filed. Baxter's lawsuit is time-stamped April 2, 2009 but the case number begins with 2008.........looks to me like this was already to be filed four months ago. ( or maybe it's a minor mistake by the Clerk of Courts who is VERY GOOD at "minor mistakes"----like sending Judgment Entries to incorrect addresses per the instruction of a certain magistrate of Binette's Court and then not resending it until almost 30 days later )

Anonymous

Why is this newspaper blocing the blog on the Baxter lawsuit vs this newspaper?

Anonymous

Why is this newspaper blocking the blog on the Baxter lawsuit vs this newspaper?

SCHLICKK

LET'S GET JUDGE CIRIGLIANO TO HEAR THIS CASE. HE'S A VERY EXPERIENCED JUDGE AND HE'S COMFORTABLE IN ERIE COUNTY!!! HE WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE CHIEF JUSTICE MOYER.

Pat

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?

MontegoBay1

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....

Anonymous

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.

baxtergoestojail

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.

Anonymous

HI ALL:

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

Now is the time

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.

Now is the time

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 ?

http://www.northcountrygazette.o...

baxtergoestojail

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.

baxtergoestojail

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.

MontegoBay1

I noticed Matt hasnt written a new article in a while, wonder what he's doing??? LMAO!!!!!

Julie R.

RE joecitizen: I noticed you and the other Nuesse haters never responded to the good points that were brought up by firelands411. Any reason why?

baxtergoestojail

matt, keep them wondering what you're doing.

jackie

baxtergoestojail

jackie you never answered me about dewitt

Now is the time

~ This reporter doesn't have a clue. Cleveland Reporter states to Kevin defesne.

by MERRIMANLGM, 4/6/09 20:45 ET
Prosecutor Sues Sandusky Register for Defamation Newspaper Invented Testimony to Ignite Cocaine Controversy
For the past ten months, the Sandusky Register has spun a salacious and sensational tale of scandal: A cocaine-abusing county prosecutor who lies to government investigators and abuses his power to falsify public records. In reality, the Register's storyline is a complete fabrication.

Driven by the actual malice of Managing Editor Matt Westerhold, the newspaper has perpetrated an unlawful campaign of defamation intended to destroy the career and reputation of Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter. Westerhold has made no secret of his contempt for Baxter and has falsely accused him of criminal activity ranging from drug abuse to falsification.

"The reporting has been disgraceful," said Tom Merriman, a former investigative journalist and one of Baxter's attorneys. "There is a clear public record which proves the Register knows its stories are false."

The lawsuit, filed today in Erie County Common Pleas Court by the law firm of Landskroner Grieco Madden, alleges the newspaper manufactured a storyline "built upon invented testimony, the distortion of innocuous facts, and the knowing re-publication of long discredited defamatory statements."

"I respect the role of the press," Baxter said, "but journalism is supposed to be driven by the truth."

The Register's attacks on Baxter grew out of Managing Editor Westerhold's public crusade to save the job of former Sandusky Police Chief Kim Nuesse. City Manager Matt Kline recently fired Nuesse following an independent investigation by attorney Michael Murman. Although Baxter did not initiate the investigation, Westerhold claimed in his column, "Nuesse-gate is all about comfort for Baxter."

In his blog on SanduskyRegister.com, reporter Jason Singer details his boss' rage towards Baxter. Singer writes of Westerhold, "He believes Baxter dodges hard questions, hides from the truth, participates in shady dealings and is basically the Lord Voldemort of Erie County." The article even provides readers with a link to a description of Voldemort (and presumably Baxter) as "a raging psychopath, devoid of normal human responses."

"While I don't normally recommend suing people who buy their ink by the barrel," added attorney Jack Landskroner, "Westerhold's extreme bias has distorted the newspapers' coverage well beyond the realm of constitutionally protected speech." Landskroner is leading Baxter's legal team which also filed a demand for records detailing Westerhold's role in editing the Baxter stories.

Westerhold not only wrote columns falsely accusing Baxter of lying to Murman's investigators and falsifying a public record, he also oversaw a series of defamatory articles, written by reporter Jason Singer. Singer's reports attempted to dredge up and bolster a long-discredited allegation that Kevin Baxter had abused cocaine. Specifically, Singer made up testimony and attributed it to an agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Singer wrote, "A high-ranking undercover narcotics agent...testified there was a 'credible witness' who could substantiate the accusations."

The cocaine rumor was originally circulated by Baxter's estranged brother Edward J. ("Ejay") Baxter following a dispute over their parents estate. In 2002, a grand jury indicted him on 81 felony counts for sending out letters accusing his brother of drug abuse, case fixing, and various criminal acts. Ejay Baxter ultimately pled guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice, admitting in open court and again in a written statement that he had lied about his brother. The Sandusky Register covered the entire case.

Six years later, the Sandusky Register resurrected the bogus accusations to defame and discredit Kevin Baxter. In his March 3 article, reporter Jason Singer wrote, "Baxter's brother, Ejay Baxter, contends his brother regularly abused cocaine." The article conspicuously omits Ejay Baxter's confession and conviction.

"I've never used cocaine and Matt Westerhold knows Ejay made it up," said Kevin Baxter. "He's given me no choice but to pursue this case."

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ THE COMPLAINT, LOG ONTO WWW.TEAMLGM.COM, CLICK ON "FILED COMPLAINTS"

Anonymous

Baxter said he's never used cocaine......so why not take a drug test and end all rumors then? Why create half a dozen other issues to cover up the REAL ONE?

Baxter's Cleveland attorney, Tom Merriman, said "the reporting has been disgraceful"....

All I've got to say to that MISTER MERRIMAN is-----it's disgraceful what attorneys from the Lorain-Cuyahoga County area are getting away with in Erie County. It's disgraceful how Erie County is helping these crooks BENEFIT from their own FRAUD in this County. It's disgraceful how the sitting judges in corrupt Cuyahoga County are covering up cases of fraud for ERIE COUNTY.

And last but not least----it's DISGRACEFUL how the taxpayers in Erie County are getting RIPPED OFF because of the GOBs dirty agendas using the well worn-out retired visiting Cuyahoga County judge SCAM and you Cleveland attorneys! Stay in your own dam* corrupt County! (and while you're at it take the GOBs from Erie County with you)

Anonymous

Julie R, yada, yada, yada.

Anonymous

Take the test Baxter. If you're as pure as the driven snow, a test will show it and let's see that investigatory file, or did someone get paid off to bury it?

Anonymous

Is "I" short for "idiot"?

Julie R.

" Curious about "I's" comment that a "couple of loser brothers didn't get enough out of mommy's Will"......why didn't they? Because of criminal acts committed by attorneys and/or judges and a couple of Eeeeerie County financial institutions maybe? "

I

" Sorry, but I'm having a tough time getting on board with a bunch of convicted felons and a couple of loser brothers who didn't get enough out of mommy's will. They all have axes to grind. Perhaps those high profile attorneys need to be looking for some more credible witnesses. "

Pat

" According to Elsebeth Baumgartner, Krista Harris was set up on sham theft charges and wrongfully and unlawfully convicted due to case fixing in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Documents filed in the court reveal that the State of Ohio violated Harris' rights in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.61(C)(1) and the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States of America.

Harris has filed a number of affidavits against Kevin Baxter and yet none of them have been addressed by law enforcement. However, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges in Cincinnati believe that Ms. Harris was victimized by a corrupt judicial system in Erie County and therefore considered Harris' affidavit along with the affidavit of Baxter's brother, (Ejay Baxter) as evidence that prosecutorial misconduct was a factor in the conviction of 3 defendants in a murder trial.

One thing is for sure, Krista Harris conviction was fabricated and there is no way in He$$ that she will not be exonerated because the court documents exposes' all of their crimes.

Several high profile attorneys are currently investigating Baumgartner's and Harris' cases. It won't be long before the real truth is exposed. "

Pat

" It's rather apparent that he needs to take a drug test and submit to a polygraph. He claims that he's never used cocaine. Okay, well no one that I know believes that. How about: crack, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and your favorite (Ambien).

What, is he know claiming to have never used any illicit drugs in his life.

Everyone knows the truth and truth will come out. "

baxtergoestojail

" If I were the Register, I'd call Krista Harris and pull her affidavidt that STATES she witnessed Kevin Baxter sniff cocaine....
Don't forget Kevin's never been investigated , instead he draws up an affidavidt for his defense. Something tells me Krista Harris is not lying.............

Baxter says Register made up cocaine story
County prosecutor files suit against newspaper

From Staff and Wire Reports

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- A county prosecutor in northern Ohio has sued a newspaper, accusing it of trying to destroy his reputation.

Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter says The Sandusky Register made up a story saying a narcotics agent had testified that Baxter had used cocaine. Baxter said in the lawsuit filed Thursday the testimony never took place and the newspaper knew its stories were wrong.

Register Publisher Doug Phares said the newspaper stands behind its reporting. Matt Westerhold, managing editor of the Register, was also named in the lawsuit. He declined to comment.

Baxter is seeking more than $50,000 in the lawsuit.

Baxter's attorney, Tom Merriman sent out a news release to several newspapers throughout the northern part of the state Thursday.

"For the past ten months, the Sandusky Register has spun a salacious and sensational tale of scandal: A cocaine-abusing county prosecutor who lies to government investigators and abuses his power to falsify public records. In reality, the Register's storyline is a complete fabrication," the release alleges.

"Driven by the actual malice of Managing Editor Matt Westerhold, the newspaper has perpetrated an unlawful campaign of defamation intended to destroy the career and reputation of Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter. Westerhold has made no secret of his contempt for Baxter and has falsely accused him of criminal activity ranging from drug abuse to falsification," the release goes on to allege.

"The reporting has been disgraceful," said Merriman in the release. "There is a clear public record which proves the Register knows its stories are false."

Baxter is being represented by the law firm of Landskroner Grieco Madden. Merriman said the lawsuit alleges the newspaper manufactured a storyline "built upon invented testimony, the distortion of innocuous facts, and the knowing re-publication of long discredited defamatory statements."

"I respect the role of the press," Baxter is quoted in Merriman's news release, "but journalism is supposed to be driven by the truth."

Merriman alleges in the news release, "the Register's attacks on Baxter grew out of Managing Editor Westerhold's public crusade to save the job of former Sandusky Police Chief Kim Nuesse. City Manager Matt Kline recently fired Nuesse following an independent investigation by attorney Michael Murman. Although Baxter did not initiate the investigation, Westerhold claimed in his column, 'Nuesse-gate is all about comfort for Baxter.'"

"While I don't normally recommend suing people who buy their ink by the barrel," added attorney Jack Landskroner in the news release, "Westerhold's extreme bias has distorted the newspapers' coverage well beyond the realm of constitutionally protected speech."

Merriman also alleges in the news release Westerhold "oversaw a series of defamatory articles, written by reporter Jason Singer. Singer's reports attempted to dredge up and bolster a long-discredited allegation that Kevin Baxter had abused cocaine. Specifically, Singer made up testimony and attributed it to an agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Singer wrote, 'A high-ranking undercover narcotics agent...testified there was a 'credible witness' who could substantiate the accusations.'"

Merriman said the cocaine rumor was originally circulated by Baxter's estranged brother Edward J. "Ejay" Baxter following a dispute over their parents' estate. Merriman said a grand jury indicted Edward in 2002 on 81 felony counts for sending out letters accusing his brother of drug abuse, case fixing, and various criminal acts. Merriman added Ejay Baxter pled guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice, "admitting in open court and again in a written statement that he had lied about his brother. The Sandusky Register covered the entire case."

"Six years later, the Sandusky Register resurrected the bogus accusations to defame and discredit Kevin Baxter. In his March 3 article, reporter Jason Singer wrote, 'Baxter's brother, Ejay Baxter, contends his brother regularly abused cocaine.' The article conspicuously omits Ejay Baxter's confession and conviction," wrote Merriman in the news release.

"I've never used cocaine and Matt Westerhold knows Ejay made it up," Kevin Baxter is quoted as saying in the news release. "He's given me no choice but to pursue this case."

Matt Westerhold did not return a phone call from The Gazette. "

Oliver Hardy

" I for one am all for an open and transparent government. And by government, I refer to all branches of government including any entity funded by tax dollars such as the Police and courts. Those in government seem to have forgotten that they must answer to the people, not the other way around. To ignore the people with "no comment" or refusal to release public records is something that would happen in Nazi Germany or the USSR. Lack of open government and lack of transparency in government tells me that the government is hiding something. "

Julie R.

" A prosecutor alleged to be on drugs is probably the LEAST of the serious issues in this county. Like retiree said......this county needs to be investigated from the top to the bottom! "

I

" SCHLICK, now I'm even more IMPRESSED that you caught my spelling error. Be honest, you had to look it up, just to be sure. Retiree, there are plenty of people in this area who buy illegal drugs every day, most of whom do not earn a lucrative wage, or even work for that matter. You and Julie R seem to miss the point...just because you don't like the way someone is acting or because you think that people now need to prove their innocence, you cannot compel another to take a drug test. "

Julie R.

" RE: "I" If my comments are "bizarre" that's only because the crap Erie County pulls off is more than bizarre. As for me being on drugs.....sorry, but I had to laugh at that one. That's even more comical then the "keep drinking the Nuesse Kool-Aid" crap........ "

Retiree

" Come on "I", don't get mad. The average person can not afford to buy drugs. The people in high positions that make lucrative wages can afford them. I witnessed certain people the way they act and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know their on something. With everything that has transpired recently, there is justification for this county to be investigated from top to bottom. It would stop all the negative talk. "

SCHLICKK

" HMMM, I'M "INPRESSED" TOO. "

I

" SCHLICK, I've read many of your comments on these blogs and, as usual, you're wrong again. However, I was inpressed that you were able to spell "IQ" correctly. Good job! "

SCHLICKK

" I stands for lack of IQ. You're in the minus. "

I

" Retiree, sticks and stones...But, to answer your question, no. To Julie R, your comments are so bizarre that I'm sure that you must be on drugs. I think that you should have a drug test to prove that you aren't. Are you going to run right out to get one? I didn't think so. "

Julie R.

" Had the situation been reversed---had it been Nuesse alleged to be a drug user---I'm sure the city law director and/or the city's Cleveland attorneys would have demanded a drug test be taken immediately.

As per usual the city is showing how corrupt they are when it comes to illegal double standards. "

NineMM

I've noticed some of the names of the original posters have been replaced with Matt Westerholds name.............Is there a reason for this? Does the Sandusky Register feel it's necessary to protect the identity of some posters because of thier view on the Nuesse fiasco or Baxters "alleged" drug use? Another poster on here wonders why as well.

M. Rum

The legal system in the city of Sandusky is comical!! For years Ms. Baumgartner made allegations about Mr. Baxter (and others down at E.C.C.P.C.), only she was "shut up". Im not saying everything she said was true or even most of it...but I am saying I dont think it's all lies!! You're OWN brother doesnt like you to the point where he wants you to go to jail?!! Something, I feel is most definitely "fishy" about Mr. Baxter, Mr. Cirriggliano, and Mrs. Cannon. And that's just to name a few down at E.C.C.P.C

gene44870

I have worked for the baxters for a short time , and i can tell yea that i feel Keven and the rest of the family should have sad for there mothers passing and coming together to morn their loss

Instead it sounds to me that they were only concerned with their pockets, in my book i would have made a point that if anyone in the will was not happy with it , then they wouldnt get anything at all. there are no laws to tell who is writing the wills that they have to leave anything to anyone , I would have gave it all to the people that can use it and be happy with what they have been bless with

You know I lost my Father in 1987 and My mother called and ask me to go and sign off on my fathers will.

and i told her that i would , cause i have morals and they would not let me fight about something that never belong to me .i feel like if they wanted or was able to give me something , I would want them to give it to me when they are living , not when they have passed on. I might be wrong , but its the way i feel .

and the baxters as well as everyone else should really think about what i have wrote ,and then ask themselves , i am any better to to think the way i do ,

 

 

Julie R.

There are a couple of comments on here that say: "Matt Westerhold (not verified) says.....

These comments were made on April 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM and April 8, 2009 at 1:35 P.M.

I'm here to say that Matt Westerhold did NOT make those comments-----I did. I'm also here to say I would say anything that I ever have put on the SR blogs to Kevin Baxter's face.

West

@Buffoon:

Why did Kevin Baxter issue a check from the Furtherance of Justice Fund to Krista Harris, yet, it was made out to Janet Torres?

Who is Janet Torres?

How often did Kevin communicate with Krista while she was living in Cleveland?

Do you know why the federal judge stated that the check is NOT apart of the record?

Do you know if someone destroyed the cancelled check to conceal evidence of a crime?

When did you first become aware that the check was missing from the Erie County Auditors Office?

Does this mean that someone tampered with evidence?

What was the amount of the check?

Has anyone launched an official investigation regarding the missing check? If not, why?

How would you feel knowing an  investigation is underway regarding the missing check?