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Vote Justice Judi French for Ohio Supreme Court, her opponent, Judge John P. O'Donnell, is corrupt, he and other Cuyahoga County judges, stole homes via illegal foreclosures for JPMorgan Chase Bank, others, with help from the sheriff"s office

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lPictured are Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell (in red tie), Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, who is facing two counts of voluntary manslaughter for gunning down two unarmed Blacks slinging 49 bullets, and Ohio Supreme Court JusticeJudi French

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- According to public records, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell, the judge hearing the case of indicted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, who faces two counts of voluntary manslaughter after  gunning down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell with 49 bullets following a car chase in 2012 that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland, is corrupt. He  is also a friend of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, a formjer common pleas judge, and stole homes via illegal foreclosures for his friends,  corrupt elected officials big banks and mortgage companies, and others,  a Cleveland Urban News.Com comprehensive investigation reveals.(Editor's note: O'Donnell faces Justice Judi French in a heated race for the Ohio Supreme Court. Send crooked O'Donnell a message, vote Justice Judi French for Ohio Supreme Court).

Brelo has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

O'Donnell is the presiding judge in the controversial Brelo case, and  is a White Democrat  who served with Prosecutor McGinty, a judge on that bench for 19 years before he resigned to run for county prosecutor in 2011. And he is on the take, an ongoing Cleveland Urban News.Com investigation reveals.

Whether he will be fair in the Brelo case given his history of public corruption remains to be seen.

O'Donnell has allegedly bragged that because he is White, male and a prominent county judge, he can do as he pleases and violate the law without any repercussions. He is among a plethora of  judges of the largely White 34-member Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, now led by Presiding and Administrative Judge John Russo, that are stealing homes, data show.

Data show that O'Donnell has stolen homes from Cuyahoga County homeowners with the help of a corrupt county sheriff's office, banks and mortgage companies, including JPMorgan Chase Bank, and Chase's attorneys from the law firms of Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss, Thompson Hine, and Bricker and Eckler. Also on board with the corruption is University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, also safety director for the predominantly White city, and her since fired law director Ken Fisher, also a high paid foreclosure appraiser and former general counsel for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.  (Editor's note: Under state law the sheriff's office, through appraisers employed by the county,  appraises foreclosed homes for sheriff's sales but must appraise them like any other residential homes and the discount at the sheriff's sale is a third off. The Cuyahoga County sheriff's office is appraising the homes below value in violation of state law and is, in essence, stealing the homes for their friends, political affiliates and others who buy them for cheap).

Fisher  was general counsel for the county Democratic party under Jimmy Dimora, who is now serving a 28-year federal prison sentence following a host of corruption related convictions, including racketeering.

According to public records,  in spite of the fact that common pleas judge Carolyn Friedland dismissed a foreclosure lawsuit  in 2011 filed by Chase against a Black family in University Heights, O'Donnell picked up an old case with a non existent mortgage company and tried to steal the home valued at $130,000 for $36,000 for Chase without Chase even filing suit. The action is illegal where the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals, in Wells Fargo vs. Jordan, and the Ohio Supreme Court,  in the case of Home Federal Loans vs Schwarzwald have made it clear that only the current mortgage holder can seek to take a home via foreclosure.

O'Donnell used since fired county sheriff Bob Reid, a Democrat who was appointed by Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Fitzgerald, also the Democratic nominee for governor, to have county appraiser John Lynch and Fisher, who doubled as a county appraiser who appraised foreclosed homes for the county sheriff's office  for sheriff's sales, deflate the value of the home, which violates state law.

O'Donnell, data show, and other judges have also stole other homes in Cuyahoga County, and with help from Cuyahoga County Chief Foreclosure Magistrate Stephen  Bucha, the office of the county sheriff, Bricker and Eckler attorneys, and Bucha's wife, an attorney for the Cleveland based office of Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss.

Bucha presided over the Black families' case in University Heights and his wife' law firm represented Chase. And it was allegedly pillow talk with his Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss wife that  got Bucha, through O'Donnell and the sheriff's office, to deflate the value down so low that Chase could try to steal it for  $36,000. But since Friedland dismissed the case in 2011 that theft is null and void under the law, though the Black family told Cleveland Urban New.Com they are getting harassed by police and others for fighting for their home, including Mayor Infeld, who was elected in 2010 and  allegedly does not want Blacks in her middle to upper middle class neighborhood of University Heights anymore. Money left from the sale of a foreclosed home would typically be returned to the former homeowner, but not if the sheriff's office illegally deflates it's value to where none is left. (Editor's note: Under state law the sheriff's office, through appraisers employed by the county,  appraises foreclosed homes for sheriff's sales but must appraise them like any other residential homes and the discount at the sheriff's sale is a third off. The Cuyahoga County sheriff's office is appraising the homes below value in violation of state law and is, in essence, stealing the homes for their friends, political affiliates and others who buy them for cheap).

Both Bucha and his corrupt wife reside in University Heights, a Cleveland suburb that is roughly 18 percent Black.

Many of the stolen homes are sold to friends of the county Democratic party, the judges, sheriff office affiliates, former and current Cleveland NAACP officials, and even some Republicans, all for cheap.And the theft is undertaken to the detriment of the community, the Black community in particular.

Community activists want all of the aforementioned indicted  by a county grand jury on theft and other charges, and for FitzGerald to speak out.

Nailah Byrd, the county inspector general who is Black and was appointed by FitzGerald, is covering up the fraud, the investigation further reveals.

"Community activists call for immediate indictments against all of these educated thugs and elected and other officials involved in this alleged theft and fraud," said Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland-based  grassroots group  the Imperial Women Coalition."And we call on county executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald to stand up on this issue or to resign as county executive."

The county sheriff is now Frank Bova, also a Democrat and a former Warrensville Heights, Ohio mayor involved in the gross theft of homes via illegal foreclosures, data show. He too was appointed by FitzGerald.

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Funeral services for Connie Harper are Saturday, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to hold ceremony on Friday, NNPA president and former national NAACP executive director Ben Chavis calls Harper a 50-year Civil Rights advocate

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Pictured are the Rev Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., a former national NAACP executive director and assistant to the late Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is currently interim  president of the National Newspapers Publishers Association (www.nnpa.org) and Call and Post Newspaper Associate Publisher and Executive Editor Constance "Connie"Harper

 

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Funeral services for Cleveland journalism legend and Call and Post Newspaper Assoc. Publisher and Exec. Editor Constance "Connie" Harper are Saturday, Nov 1 at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Avenue, on Cleveland's largely Black east side, a family spokesperson said earlier today. The wake is at 9:30 am and funeral services are at 10:30 am. Arrangements are entrusted to E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home. (www.efboyd.com).

Also, Harper's sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Inc will salute their soror  at an Omega Omega Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Service ceremony from 6 pm to 8 pm at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, 3290 East 126th Street, on Friday, Oct 31.

Also, Harper's sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Inc will salute their soror  at an Omega Omega Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Service ceremony from at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland at 3290 East 126th Street on Friday, Oct 31.

The Rev Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin, a Morehouse graduate and senior pastor at Olivet who also eulogized political strategist Arnold Pinkney in January, will do the eulogy at the funeral on Saturday.

Both Harper and Pinkney were active members of Olivet, one of the city's most prestigious religious venues.

Harper, of suburban Cleveland, who would have turned 82 today, died Friday at a Dayton, Ohio hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday at the homecoming of her Alma mater, Central State University. She was the Cleveland alumni chapter president of CSU.

National Newspapers Publishers Association Interim President the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., an assistant to Civil Rights icon the late Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a former executive director of the national NAACP, said in a one-on-one interview earlier today that the more than 200 Black newspapers publishers of the NNPA (www.nnpa.org) are mourning the loss of Harper as a longtime NNPA affiliate and former officer of the organization of Black newspapers from across the country. (Editor's note: The Call and Post has distributions in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio).

"During the last 50 years the Civil Rights community has had one of the strongest advocates for Civil Rights for Blacks and others in Connie Harper," said Chavis, who resided in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, from 1989-1993, and served then as the executive director for the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ON THE DEATH OF CONNIE HARPER AND HER LEGACY AS AN ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, EDITOR, HUMANITARIAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE

Chavis, 66, who assisted Dr. King when he was 24-years-old and who knew the late former South African President Nelson Mandela personally and once visited his home, said that Harper, a level-headed civil and human rights advocate, and longtime Clevelander with national ties across partisan lines, understood the power and significance of the Black press.

"Connie Harper epitomized what James Baldwin said to me and that is that 'the pen is mightier than the sword,' and she used that sword in her efforts for freedom, justice and equality, particularly for Black people," said Chavis.

The Civil Rights leader said also that the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's oldest and most prominent Black newspaper," must continue on in Harper's name, whom he said worked tirelessly to keep the paper alive with support from internationally renowned boxing promoter Don King, the owner and publisher of the Call and Post since 1998.

"The Call and Post will live on," said Chavis."Connie would have wanted it that way."

Chavis said that he may or may not make the funeral and that a proclamation will me read there on behalf of the NNPA.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:29 Read more...

Imperial Avenue families stay away from memorial groundbreaking picketed by community activists, families of victims of crime, activists threatened with arrest and harassed by police at rally

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Pictured is convicted serial killer Anthony SowellCLEVELAND, Ohio- The families of the 11 Black women murdered on Imperial Avenue by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell basically stayed away from a phony groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial held earlier today by a group of Black male Mount Pleasant preachers, and community activists and victims of crimes family members picketed the event, calling it a diversion to take away from the fact that poor Black women are getting raped and murdered in Cleveland in large numbers and nothing significant is being done. (Editor's note: Today marked the fifth anniversary of the day on October 29, 2009 that the remains of what would ultimately become 11 women were removed from Sowell's home on Imperial Avenue on Cleveland's largely Black east side.  Sowell murdered six of the 11 women after Cleveland police had arrested him in 2008 on a rape complaint and released him anyway, and after going to his home and, according to a CNN news story, smelling death and seeing blood)

Pushed by police and the predominately White mainstream media, particularly Cleveland Channel 5 news television station, the gathering, an October flower memorial on the site of Sowell's since demolished home, drew about 75 people and only two of the Imperial Avenue families. It was led by the Rev Jimmy Gates, a convicted felon who went to prison for stealing money as a city employee and then found God when he was released.

Gates and the Rev Eugene Ward, a convicted wife beater, had threatened activists women saying initially that they could not sat foot at the scene. Some activists did show up to the ceremony but were told they could not speak.

Channel 5 had told activists before the event that they were not going to cover any rally on violence against women and ran a story lying and saying the preachers had raised some $35,000 for a $200,000 memorial. This is though only some $2,000 has been raised to date, sources say,  coupled with some city council members saying that they would give some public funds to the endeavor continent upon the inevitable $200,000 goal being reached.

Some activists said that they support a reasonably priced  memorial but not in the manner in which the Black preachers, none of whom were in the trenches over the past five years over the murders, are pursuing the initiative, which activists said could very easily result in kickbacks.

One city council member, speaking on condition anonymity, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that a memorial is unlikely and that the city funds at issue need to be used for rape kits, foreclosures, to fix up neighborhoods, and to feed poor people waiting for their next meal.

"It was dog and pony show to cover up the fact that the city is unfair and violence against women is being ignored," said Laura Cowan of today's event.

Cowan is a domestic violence survivor and founder of the Laura Cowan Foundation.

Imperial Women Coalition Leader Kathy Wray Coleman led the rally, which also included activists leaders such as  Bill Swain of Revolution Books, Don Bryant of the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, the Rev Pamela Pinkney-Butts, Dr Stewart and Valerie Robinson of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, and Cowan.

The family members of murder victim Christine Malone, killed in 2013 with her killer at large, were there too, among others.

Fourth District Police Commander Deon  McCaulley, who is Black, harassed the activists, threatening arrests and said that they could not march on the sidewalk near the event or use a bull horn because the preachers were using microphones.

Before the rally community activist Art McKoy had allegedly harassed some of the activists women and had allegedly asked his police friends to arrest Coleman if she appeared at the rally.

"Commander McCaulley violated our constitutional right under the First Amendment to peacefully assemble free from harassment and intimidation and we are looking now at our legal options,"  said Coleman."We call for his immediate resignation because the real issue is to protect police negligence around the Imperial Avenue Murders and otherwise and to cover up the fact that poor Black women are getting murdered in large numbers in Cleveland and city officials are doing nothing about the ongoing problem."

A former marine who served 15 years in prison for attempted rape before the serial murders, Sowell, 55, was convicted in 2011 by a Cuyahoga County jury of 82 of 83 counts, including multiple counts of aggravated murder of the 11 women that he murdered at his since demolished home on Imperial Ave in Cleveland, Ohio, and  the rape of three other Black women. The coward of a serial killer begged for his life before he was sentenced to death by county judge Dick Ambrose. He sits on death row while his convictions are on appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court and his appellate lawyers are seeking either a new trial or that his convictions are overturned.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:16 Read more...

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge salutes Call and Post Editor Connie Harper, extends condolences to her family on behalf of the 11th congressional district, which includes the city of Cleveland and is largely Black

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Pictured are 11 th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (in blue-green suit), who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress, and Call and Post Associate Publisher and Editor Constance "Connie" Harper (wearing brown)

 

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Warrensville Heights, OH-  11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), a Warrensville Heights Democrat and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress, commented yesterday on the passing of Civil Rights advocate and longtime Call and Post associate publisher and editor-in-chief Constance "Connie" Harper, who died Friday at the age of 81.

“Throughout her life Constance D. Harper used her gifts as a journalist, newspaper executive and civic leader to benefit the community and improve the lives of the most vulnerable among us," said Fudge. "Though we mourn the loss of Ms. Harper, we give thanks for her many contributions that have enriched so many people in Cleveland and throughout the state of Ohio."

Fudge said that Harper was a strong yet compassionate voice to enlighten, inform and entertain and that "she also gave freely of her leadership skills, serving on the boards of numerous civic organizations in Cleveland.”

The federal lawmaker said also that Harper will be missed and offered condolences on behalf of the constituents of the 11th congressional district, which is largely Black and includes the predominantly Black city of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs in Cuyahoga County, and a pocket of the city of Akron and staggering segments of its Summit County suburbs.

“On behalf of the citizens of the 11th congressional district of Ohio, I extend my sincere condolences to her [Connie Harper's] beloved sisters, and to her entire family, friends, her extended family at the Call and Post,  and to her Alma mater, Central State University," said Fudge.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:03 Read more...

Call and Post Associate Publisher and Executive Editor Connie Harper dies at 81, Harper was a supporter of President Obama and a staunch advocate of civil and human rights, is to be inducted into the Press Club's Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame

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By  Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. (Kathy Wray Coleman is a 20-year investigative and political journalist and legal reporter who trained for 17 years under five different editors at the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most prominent Black press)

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(Editor's note: Cleveland Urban News.Com led all media in breaking the story on the death of Connie Harper. Cleveland Urban News.Com salutes Cleveland journalism legend Constance "Connie" Harper)

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Civil Rights advocate and longtime Call and Post Newspaper Assoc Publisher and Exec Editor Constance "Connie" Harper (pictured) died Friday at a Dayton, Ohio hospital where she was on life support after suffereing a heart attack. She was 81.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Harper fail ill on Sunday at the homecoming of Central State University, which is located in Xenia, a city some 21 miles outside of Dayton. She was the Cleveland alumni chapter president for CSU, Ohio's only historically Black public college or university.

Family members, including her  sister, retired Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals judge Sara J. Harper, and their sister Gloria, and close nieces, nephews and cousins visited Harper in Dayton. They had hoped that she could be flown by helicopter back to Cleveland, but fate had it otherwise.

Connie Harper was a sister-in-law of retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge George Trumbo, Sara Harper's longtime husband.

Raised in Cleveland, Harper graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education from CSU, where she was the editor of the student newspaper. She was the youngest of five female siblings, two of them deceased.

Harper was a major voice in Cleveland's African American community since the early 1960s. That's when she began writing for the paper and eventually became the editor under the late Call and Post  publisher W.O. Walker. She also hosted a talk show on WJMO, a local radio station.

She was a former elementary school teacher for the Cleveland Municipal School District and later worked in the national boxing arena as vice p[resident for  Don King Productions, a boxing promotion company owned and operated by international boxing promoter Don King. She worked for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections before rejoining the Call and Post in 1998 when King became owner and  publisher.

Harper, as editor, and King, as publisher, were the first of the more the 215 African-American newspapers of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to endorse now President Barack Obama, America's first Black president.

Harper was a staunch advocate of civil and human rights and knew most of the NNPA publishers, some of them of whom are millionaires. She was at one time an officer of the Black influential media organization, which has championed Obama and visited the president and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House per Obama's special invitation.

Harper was a member of the Old Black Political Guard and was among those that help elect the late Carl B. Stokes as mayor of Cleveland in 1967, the first Black mayor of a major American city. She grew up on Cleveland's largely Black east side near King and the Stokes brothers, Louis Stokes of whom ultimately became the first Black congressman from Ohio, a post now held by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.

The Civil Rights pioneer, who was a moderate Republican with bi-partisan influence,  published Call and Post articles consequential to the Black community, including on police brutality, racial discrimination, education, Black empowerment, and the election of Obama as president in 2008, and his reelection in 2012. She received numerous awards and commendations and in 2010 accepted the Thomas Morgan III Award for AIDS/HIV awareness from the Atlanta based Center for Disease Control and the California-based Black AIDS Institute for the Call and Post, Ohio's oldest and most prominent Black Newspaper with distributions in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Harper was honored by the Cleveland Chapter of 100 Black Men earlier this month and was scheduled to attend a Nov. 7 gala by the Cleveland Press Club to be inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame with four others, including former Cleveland Fox 8 News anchor Wilma Smith, and 19 Action News Reporter Paul Orlousky,

Harper was a friend of the Rev Al Sharpton, and knew the Rev Jesse Jackson Sr., both of whom are prominent Civil Rights activists. She was also an active member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, and was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

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Activists, Black elected officials, others to rally against violence against women and against a new trial for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell at 4 pm on Imperial Avenue on October 29, 2014, the Fifth Anniversary of The Imperial Avenue Murders

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Imperial Women Coalition, The Laura Cowan Foundation, Sister to Sister, The Carl Stokes Brigade, The Oppressed People's Nation, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, The Greater Cleveland Committee for Community Empowerment and Educational Progress and other community activist groups, victims family members, Imperial Avenue residents, Black and other elected officials, and others will hold The Fifth Anniversary of the Imperial Avnuee Murders and Stop the Violence and Find the Missing Rally and Vigil in cooperation with National Domestic Violence month on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:00  pm on the corner of  East 123rd St and  Imperial Ave. (Editor's note: The meeting site is next to the since demolished home of serial killer Anthony Sowell. From downtown Cleveland take Kinsman Ave to East 123rd St, turn left, and proceed two blocks to Imperial Avenue with the home next to the corner. Call the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473 for more information).

THE THEME OF THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMPERIAL AVENUE MURDERS RALLY AND VIGIL IS "REMEMBERING THE IMPERIAL AVENUE WOMEN THROUGH UNITY AND SOLIDARITY AND BY CALLING FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN  AND FOR ANTHONY SOWELL'S  CONVICTIONS TO BE UPHELD BY THE OHIO SUPREME COURT AND OTHERWISE"

At the rally community activists will say whether as much has been done as possible through changes in public policy and best practices by law enforcement and other officials in Cleveland and greater Cleveland to protect women, Black women in particular, against unnecessary rape, murder and other violence.

A former marine who served 15 years in prison for attempted rape before the serial murders,  Sowell, 55, was convicted in 2011 by a Cuyahoga County jury on 82 of 83 counts, including multiple counts of aggravated murder of the 11 women that he murdered at his since demolished home on Imperial Ave in Cleveland, Ohio, and  the rape of three other Black women. The coward of a serial killer begged for his life before he was sentenced to death by county judge Dick Ambrose. He sits on death row while his convictions are on appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court and his lawyers are seeking either a new trial or that his convictions are overturned. They claim that their serial killer client was denied a fair trial, and are being supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (Ohio ACLU).

Sowell's lawyers and the Ohio ACLU argue that Sowell's  Sixth Amendment right to a public trial and the public's First Amendment right to attend the trial were violated when Judge Ambrose shut the public and the media out of voir dire, or the seating phase for the jury, and out of the suppression hearing, in spite of allegations of police misconduct. Case law, however, does not necessarily make access to a public trial absolute, particularly in some cases involving rape, juveniles, and those with security risks. But Sowell's attorneys and the ACLU say that Ambrose could have chosen a less restrictive means and did not follow other established criteria to shut out the press and the public.

Whether Sowell was prejudiced to the extent that his convictions and death sentence will be overturned or that a new trial will be ordered by the high court remains to be seen. Activists say it was harmless error, if any, particularly since Sowell admitted to the murders at trial, though only at the sentencing phase where he took the stand after not during so at trial.

Prosecutors argue that Sowell's appeal is essentially frivolous.

"A new trial would be a disgrace to the community," said community activist Mary Seawright.

"We are against a new trial and his convictions should be upheld," said community activist and domestic violence survivor Laura Cowan.

"If Anthony Sowell were in the bible days, they would nail him to the cross, " said community activist and rape victim Christine Wilson.

"He slept at sentencing, so let him sleep on when his convictions and his death sentenced are upheld," said community activist Ada Averyhart.

"We will be there to memorialize the women that Sowell was convicted by a jury of his peers of murdering, and to push for justice in this matter," said community activist Valerie Robinson.

"Our family will be there and they need to do more to find our mother's killer," said Angelique Malone, whose mother is among three women murdered near East 93rd Street and Besssemer Avenue on Cleveland's largely Black east side in 2013.

"We do not believe that there were any reversible errors at the trial court level that merit a new trial and that admitted serial killer Anthony Sowell had effective assistance of counsel, and we call for the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold his convictions and his death sentence," said community activist Kathy Wray Coleman. "If the issue is judicial wrongdoing or police misconduct relative to the murders and the trial then take the judge to the bar, seek criminal charges against the police, and call for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, but by no means should the high court overturn his convictions or grant him a new trial."

"This violence against women has got to stop," said community activist Dick Peery

Rally speakers to date include the following:  Victims of crime, including their family members, including Angelique Malone and Imperial Avenue affiliates, CNN Hero and Domestic Violence Survivor and Advocate Laura Cowan, Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman and Women's Rights Advocate Mamie Mitchell, Cleveland Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson, State Representative Bill Patmon (D-10), retired Plain Dealer reporter Dick Peery,  Underground Railroad Leader Dr. Eugene Jordan, Fairfax Business Association Member Mary Seawright, Peace In The Hood Leader Khalid Samad,  Imperial Women Leader Kathy Wray Coleman, Oppressed People's Nation Chairman Ernest Smith , Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor Leaders Dr. Stuart Robinson and Valerie Robinson, The Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts, Black on Black Crime Founder Art McKoy, and Greater Cleveland Committee for Community Empowerment and Educational Progress Leaders Alethea Thomas and Erica Robinson.

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11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio