Attorney General Mike DeWine appreciates the Sandusky Register.
In a conversation last week, DeWine said the Register's reporting impacted his decision to take on the investigation of the killing of Jacob Limberios.
"One of the reasons we took it is because you urged us to do that," DeWine said. "As I've told you, in a complimentary way, you're a real newspaper. You guys do what a good newspaper does."
DeWine gets it. Like his office, newspapers also have a job to do — albeit a different task — and we're proud of the work Register reporters and staff have done sticking with this story despite obstacles and roadblocks created by Sandusky County officials.
DeWine has been the most active, hands-on Ohio AG we've ever encountered. We admire the decisions he made concerning the Steubenville high school rape case that resulted in criminal convictions and made national headlines earlier this year. That crime appears to have been covered up before DeWine got involved.
He also took a courageous stand in the Cleveland police shooting involving multiple officers that left two unarmed people dead, faulting the Cleveland Police Department for a "systematic failure" in its operations.
DeWine also ordered the state's crime lab to gather thousands of untested rape kits from police department across the state that weren't previously sent to BCI because of problems with the crime lab that pre-date his election.
That decision was, perhaps, the most powerful statement any state official has ever made in the battle against sexual assault.
We hope DeWine can finish the investigation the Sandusky County sheriff started nearly 19 months ago and bring it to a successful conclusion that will answer the family's questions and finally explain what happened to settle this in a full and plausible way. The family deserves that. The community of supporters, and the community at-large, deserve that.
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