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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.

Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


2017 (86) 2016 (138), 2015 (213), 2014 (266), 2013 (227),


2012 (221), 2011 (135), 2010 (109), 2009 (50)

 

(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

 

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Cleveland NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner held and chapter president Michael Nelson Sr. defends LeBron James' response to racist graffiti as hundreds attend where actor Hill Harper was the keynote speaker and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is honored

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Pictured are  autor and actor Hill Harper (wearing black suit and Black tie). Cleveland Browns franchise owner Jimmy Haslam (wearing orange tie) Cleveland NAACP President Micahel Nelson Sr. (wearing eye glasses and Black suit), Cleveland NAACP First Vice President James Hardiman (wearing turtleneck sweater), former Cleveland NAACP president the Rev. Hilton Smith (wearing red tie and no eyeglasses), former Cleveland NAACP first vice president the Rev. Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness  (wearing  red bow-tie), former Cleveland NAACP third vice president Sara J. Harper, who lost a bid for branch president against Nelson in October 2015,  and George Forbes, a former longtime Cleveland NAACP president and former Cleveland City Council president (wearing blue tie, eyeglasses and dark blue suit).

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland NAACP on Sat., June 3 honored Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam with the organization's Freedom Fund Award for making the Brown's franchise one of the most diverse in the county, the football team now led by Black head coach Hue Jackson.


Hundreds were in attendance at the group's Freedom Fund Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland Saturday evening, including corporate types, business groups,  Black leaders, and elected officials,


Those in attendance include Black Cleveland councilpersons Zack Reed, Jeff Johnson, Blaine Griffin and Kevin Conwell, state Rep. Janine Boyd and Stephanie Howse, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Chantel Brown, the Rev, Eugene Ward, Cleveland Browns player Josh Cribbs, Michael House, Cleveland Municipal Court judicial candidate Sheila Turner-McCall, and Cleveland Municipal Court judges Janet Colaluca, Michael J Skindell and Ron Adrine, Adrine also among those honored.


Councilmen Johnson and Reed are among a crowded field of potential mayoral candidates seeking to unseat three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson this year, candidate Brandon Chrostowski, also a mayoral candidate, and also among those in attendance at the event.


The mayor did not attend.


A longtime Cleveland NAACP affiliate, Adrine, the presiding and administrative judge of the 13-member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court, is in his last year on the bench due to the state law age limit for judges of 70,  and was also among the honorees.


No grassroots community activists were honored, though they have been in the trenches for years on issues from arbitrary police killings of Black and other people in recent years such as Tamir Rice, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Ficker, and Tamir Rice, violence against women, education, politics, and heightened crime in the majority Black major American city where the population continues to dwindle.


But the local Civil Rights organization and its chapter president, Michael Nelson Sr, a local criminal defense attorney, and the executive board got some flack from activists and others for honoring Haslam, a White billionaire, including some independent journalists like Roldo Baltimole, who is White, and the White managed Cleveland Scene Magazine. (Editor's note: Haslam also owns the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, which has steeped in controversy, and has a purported net worth of $3.7 billion).


And this was after the Cleveland NAACP, this year, supported a $140 million deal to refurbish Quickens Loan Arena where the Cavaliers play, including an $88 million contribution by City Council from the impoverished city of Cleveland. (Editor's note: Community groups, led by the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, have submitted petitions with some $20,000 signatures for a referendum vote on the Q-Deal as to city' council's $88 million contribution and have said they will sue if city council and the mayor continue to stall on putting the measure before voters on a lame claim that contractual obligations with the Cavaliers and others preclude compliance with the city charter that permits such a referendum vote)


Nelson told the Cleveland NAACP executive board, some members voting against Haslam getting the organization's most distinguished award, that Haslam deserved the honor.


The keynote speaker was author, actor and intellectual Hill Harper, 51, who has three ivy league degrees, including a law degree, and who attended Harvard Law School with former president Barack Obama, whom he campaigned for in Cleveland in 2008, the year Obama was elected as the first Black president of the United States of America.


In addition to acting in numerous television shows and films, including Spike Lee's 'Get on the Bus,' Harper, who is Black, played a key acting role for nine seasons on the hit television show CSI: New York, and he is currently the host of HNN's cable television CNN series "How it Really Happened with Hill Harper."


Harper lectured to the tenative audience on Black empowerment and unity, among other issues, and he spoke on the need for Black people amd organization's such as the NAACP to remain strong, unified and resilient at a trying time for Blacks in America.


Both Nelson and Haslam praised Cavaliers megastar LeBron James for his sophistication in addressing racist graffiti on his Los Angeles home on the eve of the NFL Finals, Cleveland losing Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night to the Golden State Warriors and Game 2 of which is today, June 4, at 8 pm at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.


In response to the  N-word graffiti on his LA home James, a previous Cleveland NAACP honoree himself, said the incident "goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America."


The annual Freedom Fund Dinner has ceased to be annual since 2013.


Nelson resurrected the local branch of the NAACP since it fell apart after longtime former chapter president  George Forbes, a former longtime city council president and attorney, quit in 2012, and the Rev Hilton Smith , that same  year, was elected to the helm of the chapter presidency.


No Freedom Fund Dinner was held under the leadership of Smith and the local chapter went virtually broke, Smith choosing to fore go reelection and Nelson elected chapter president in October 2015 over retired 8th District Court of Appeals judge Sara Harper, then the third vice president, and a Smith ally who is has no relationship to Hill Harper.


The fallout between the Nelson regime, that includes his allies of chapter first vice president and local attorney James Hardiman, and Smith's team, including Smith supporters of Harper and the Rev Dr. E.Theophilus Caviness, senior pastor at the prestigious Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and the former first vice president, stifled the group for a while if not forever.


At one point the national chapter, which, last month, fired its  CEO and president Cornell Brooks, who has led the group since 2014, saying he was not assertive enough during a Donald Trump presidency that is harming the Black America, intervened in the election of Nelson due to heightened infighting that has caused membership to decline.


Brooks, who will officially step down this month, said his dismissal caught him off guard and that he thought he was doing a good job, including getting peacefully arrested earlier this year with five others for picketing and refusing to leave the then Mobile, Alabama district office of then U.S. senator Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general with the Trump administration.CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON THE ARREST OF CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS AND FIVE OTHERS AS TO THE PICKET AND SIT-IN REGARDING NOW US ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS


Caviness, Harper and Smith were no shows on Saturday, and they remain discontented with chapter President Michael Nelson Sr and chapter vice president James Hardiman, sources said yesterday.


(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 19:36

Ohio judge tosses out new law that prevents Cleveland and other communities from hiking the minimum wage above the state limit saying it was attached to a non-singular bill that became law and that the Ohio constitution requires single subject bill

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND,OHIO- An Ohio  judge has tossed out a new law passed last year by the Ohio State Legislature that prevents communities like Cleveland from increasing the minimum wage above the state limit saying it violates the one subject bill rule, meaning it was passed as as amendment to an unrelated bill rather than on its on individual merit.

 

The Ohio Constitution requires singular bills and related amendments and  Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye ruled, following a lawsuit filed by 50 cities villages and townships, that the bill was a  runaway bill with no singular concept.

 

Senate Bill 331, dubbed the Christmas Tree bill because it was passed last December during a lame duck state legislative session and contains numerous amendments to what was initially a dog bill relative to regulating the sale of dogs at pet stores and other retail outlets, had several unrelated add-on changes or amendments of which included the aforementioned minimum wage law.

 

The controversial new law stopped an effort by Raise Up Cleveland and the Service Employees International Union to get Cleveland voters to approve a hike in minimum wage to $15.

 

Those groups secured a ballot initiative in Cleveland, and the measure can now go forward before voters on the Nov 8 ballot, at least for now.

 

Ohio's minimum wage is currently set at $8.30 per hour.

 

A bill is proposed legislation that may or may not become law and it can be introduced as a new law or an amendment to a law. It becomes law in Ohio when it is passed by the Ohio House and Ohio Senate and signed by the governor.

 

The state legislature can pass another bill in a singular fashion, which fuels the debate during an election year for Cleveland mayor and the 17 city council seats, Mayor Frank Jackson, City Council President Kevin Kelley leading the charge in getting the General Assembly to pass the town defunct law and outspoken city councilman Jeff Johnson,  a candidate for mayor this year, standing with activists, unions and the underprivileged that want the wage hike.

 

Raise Up Cleveland and the Service Employees International Union have endorsed Johnson, who is Black,  for mayor and he is among some seven possible mayoral candidates, including the incumbent Jackson, a three term Black mayor of the majority Black city, Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed and former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, both of them also Black, and Brandon Chrostowski, an east side restaurant owner and the lone White guy.

 

"The state legislature  will just pass another bill blocking minimum wage hikes above the state limit, and as a singular bill, " an Ohio state legislator told Cleveland Urban News.Com on condition of anonymity.

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 03:17

White Cleveland cop that shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice fired with applause from community activists upset because his partner got a lenient 10 day suspension....Activists Alfred Porter Jr, and Kathy Wray Coleman comment

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Pictured are Samaria Rice, the mother of slain 12-year-old Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice, and Tamir Rice himself

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio– The White Cleveland cop that gunned down 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014 was fired Tuesday by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and his partner, also a White policeman, was handed a 10-day suspension, community activists applauding the firing of the killer cop and expressing dismay over the leniency in discipline of what they say is his partner in crime.

 

"We are pleased that Timothy Loehmann, the policeman that killed Tamir, was fired, but we are disappointed that his partner, veteran Frank Garmback, escaped with a lenient 10-day suspension," said community activist and Black on Black Crime Inc President Alfred Porter Jr." Activists have fought this case since its inception because we knew from day one that the cops were wrong."

 

Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition, agreed.

 

"It is a victory but the ultimate victory comes when the police in this case are prosecuted, found guilty and imprisoned, and when true systemic police reforms relative to excessive force and other police misconduct, locally, countywide and nationally materialize," said Coleman, also a local journalist who edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, and who trained as a journalist for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper.

 

Police were summoned to the Cudell Park and Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side on Nov. 22, 2014 following a foiled 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers that a child was carrying a likely toy  gun, a toy gun in fact of which was later revealed.


Rookie Timothy Loehmann fired the deadly bullet that killed the Black boy after Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived at the scene and zoomed in on Tamir in less than two seconds, Garmback at the wheel of the police cruiser, precautionary action be damned.


Loehmann, however, was not fired for killing Tamir but for lying on his job application about discipline in another city as a former cop, his recent discipline in Cleveland that is more likely to stick than any discipline relative to excessive force.


Greater Cleveland arbitrators, data show, are prone to overturn discipline involving excessive force and Cleveland police, an example being supervisor discipline relative to the 2012 police killings of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, both gunned down in cold blood by 13 non-Black cops slinging 137 bullets.

 

Ongoing protests erupted nationally and locally in 2014 following the shooting of Rice, and racial unrest continues to mount against a largely White police department now under a consent decree for police reforms between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, a consent decree despised by a  police union that is use to doing as it pleases.

 

The Cleveland Police Patromen's Association, led by outspoken union head Steve Loomis, has been staunchly behind Loehmann and Garmback, Loomis saying the kid pulled the toy gun when police arrived, though no such evidence exist to prove such a claim, the union vowing Tuesday to fight Tuesday's discipline of the two White cops via the grievance procedure and arbitration.

A 9-1-1 dispatcher that answered the call from a bystander who allegedly said Tamir was pointing a likely toy gun when police anxiously arrived was suspended in March for eight days and an off-duty cop for two days.

 

Neither the dispatcher nor the off-duty cop did the killing and both were disciplined by Police Chief Calvin Williams, who is Black, Constance Hollinger the dispatcher at issue, and William Cunningham, the off duty cop just simply on the premises, but allegedly without permission, city officials have said.

 

Loehmann and Garmback were not indicted on criminal charges with the help of since ousted Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, his successor, Michael O'Malley, under pressure by the Rice family and community activists to bring the case before another county grand jury for possible indictments.

Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, has been in the forefront of community demands that the police involved in her son's killing face criminal proceedings.

Loomis and his Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association are President Donald Trump supporters, Loomis having pushed his union colleagues to endorse Trump for president last year, which met criticism from the Cleveland NAACP, Black leaders, and grassroots community activists, among others.

 

The controversial Loomis, also criticized  for backing wrongdoing fellow cops  no matter what they do, was a key speaker at a pro-Trump rally held earlier this year in downtown Cleveland, one of several protests held in a dozen cities across Ohio that day that garnered counter protests in Cleveland and elsewhere.

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:10

Archives....Former Cleveland schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sentenced to prison for theft as CEO of Chicago schools and her daughter, Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd, is crooked too, say community activists, who call for an investigation

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Pictured are former Cleveland and Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett and her daughter, Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd

 

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


(Editor's note: Read herein the corruption by Cleveland attorney Donald Butler of the law firm Donald Butler & Associates of whom community activists believe should be indicted and prosecuted for alleged obstrution of justice in covering up fixed indictments against his indigent Black clients for corrupt White Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judges, crooked White cops, and the office of the county prosecutor)


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio - Former Cleveland and Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the mother of Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Nailah Byrd, has been sentenced in Chicago, Illinois to 4 1/2 years in prison  (Stay tuned for a detailed investigation of public corruption by Nailah Byrd as Clerk of Courts in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and where Blacks are her primary target, data show. The investigation also reveals malfeasance by several attorneys for indigent Blacks charged with felony crimes, including attorney and former judicial candidate William McGinty. And several common pleas judges, including Judge John O'Donnell, who has illegally foreclosed on county residents for JPMorgan Chase Bank and others, and the White male judges Michael Russo, Joe Russo, and chief Judge John Russo, are all perpetuating public corruption, research reveals. The scam, data show,  is to the detriment of innocent Blacks falsely accused of crimes, and the Black community and others in general).

 

Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, includes the majority Black city of Cleveland, and is 29 percent Black and a Democratic stronghold for political elections.

The sentence on Byrd-Bennett, 68, was handed down from federal district court judge Edmond Chang on Friday in Illinois, and was more lenient than the seven years recommended by prosecutors.

Byrd-Bennett was CEO of Cleveland schools from 1998 to 2006, and was the first CEO to lead under a newly enacted state law that scrapped and elected school board and gave control of the city's majority Black public schools to the mayor, then Michael R. White, who, like Byrd-Bennett, is Black.

Her downfall came as she was in charge of Chicago schools.

In October 2015, she pleaded guilty to steering more that $20 million in contracts from the largely Black impoverish Chicago Public School District to a former employer.

Federal prosecutors said Byrd-Bennett's theft was exceptionally alarming because she stole from a public school district and its poor children, most of them Black.

Her lenient sentence came with a plea agreement for her to snitch on others.

Nailah Byrd, who is also Black, is under fire for falsifying court dockets to illegally cancel legitimate bond payments to keep Blacks in jail for corrupt judges, other politicians and others, and for fraudulently altering criminal indictments to hurt Blacks by arbitrarily increasing the charges and penalties in malicious prosecution cases in common pleas court in place of a judge, even though a judge cannot increase penalties with out a grand jury indictment.  And the malicious criminal charges include false allegations of assault on White police officers, which is partly why Byrd if manipulating case dockets for police, sources say. (Editor's note Criminal Rule 7 of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure allows for an amendment of a grand jury indictment only by a judge and that judge can not change the identify or the name in the case or increase penalties where only a grand jury can do such, It violates the Ohio Constitution, where only a county grand jury can indict in state cases, and Nailah Byrd is actually switching original indictments with falsified indictments that increase charges if they are accusations of innocent Blacks of assault on corrupt White cops,  and she is calling them originals on the case dockets. This is with support from the office of the county prosecutor, and some corrupt judges, including the White male judges Russo, namely John Russo, the chief judge, Michael Russo and Joseph Russo. Attorneys involved in this public corruption include formerly suspended attorney James Alexander, pro cop attorney William McGinty, who ran unsuccessfully for judge, and Donald Butler of the law firm Donald Butler & Associates, a lazy and obese attorney who is accused of selling out indigent Blacks in felony cases after being handpicked and appointed to such cases by common pleas judges such as Daniel Gaul and Joseph Russo. Attorney Butler of Cleveland Heights is also being used by corrupt judges and assistant county prosecutors, data show,  to trick Blacks into taking plea deals on illegal indictments that are subsequently amended, knowing dismissal is in order and that defendants would waive any efforts to challenge the illegal indictment on appeal, absent a claim on appeal of plain error. And if his clients are indigent, and likely otherwise too, Attorney Butler will just do them in and refuse to withdraw from the malicious felony cases, knowing the judges that handpicked him such as common pleas judges Joseph Russo and Daniel Gaul as the attorney will likely support him, data also show).


The names of the victimized Black defendants, many of them maliciously prosecuted, are being withheld for now for their protection, several of them telling Cleveland Urban News.Com during its investigation that they are being harassed by corrupt judges, prosecutors, police and some key Black leaders that the White establishment utilizes to help cover up malfeasance, racism, sexism and heightened public corruption.


The Cleveland NAACP, led by local criminal defense attorney Michael Nelson Sr., who fraternizes with some of the corrupt judges at issue, is conveniently overlooking the public corruption that is tearing at the fabric of greater Cleveland's Black community, with Black remaining the major targets, research reveals.

The younger Byrd is not elected but appointed as clerk of courts for the county by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and the 11- member Cuyahoga County Council. Her job entails overseeing court monies and the case docket for the general division common pleas court, where felonies, civil lawsuits with damages sought in excess of $15,000, and other legal matters are heard, as well as the docket for the 8th District Court of Appeals.

 

Nailah Byrd is also back-dating court orders from common pleas judges like Judge Joe Russo to frame Blacks with illegal convictions, research reveals. And their corrupt and lazy indigent lawyers work to try to cover up the malfeasance and push for plea deals when they know their clients are innocent, a scheme in exchange for more indigent clients, mainly poor Blacks, whom they can sellout for money.

 

Community activists have called for Nailah Byrd, clerk of courts since 2015 and formerly the inspector general for the county, to be investigated and fired, and in comparison to her mother, they say "the apple does not fall far from the tree."

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 02:21

Remembering JFK, the 35th US president, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.....A respected champion of Civil Rights, Black leaders called his assassination in 1963, "a dark day in the history of America"....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read online Black newspaper, remembers the late former United States president John Fitzgerald Kennedy as to the 100th anniversary of his birth, on  today, May 29.


Often referred to as "Jack," JFK was the 35th president and served from January 1961 until his untimely death, his unprecedented assassination of which was Nov. 22, 1963.


The former president died from a gunshot wound to the head while riding in a motorcade  during a parade in Dallas, Texas, and at the hands of infamous assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, who was later killed himself.

 

A respected champion of Civil Rights,  Black leaders at the time of his death called his assassination, "a dark day in the history of America."


A year after his death congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


A Democrat and former Massachusetts senator, JFK defeated then vice president Richard Nixon to take the presidency in 1960. He was the last Democrat to lose Ohio and go on to win the presidency.


JFK was a brother of former U.S. senators Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, both deceased, with Robert Kennedy assassinated too.


His presidential successor was Lyndon B. Johnson, his vice president at his death.


Among a grieving America and international mourners across the world , JFK left to cherish his legacy, his wife Jacqueline, who later remarried,  and two children, Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr.


Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, a former ambassador to Japan, is the only surviving  immediate family member.


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in 1994  at the age of 64 and JFK Jr. died when the private airplane that he was piloting, his plane in fact, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. They were in route to a family wedding at Martha's Vinyard. His wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her sister, Lauren Bessette, were passengers on the airplane and died too.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:33

Coach Tyronn Lue and megastar LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Eastern Conference title by defeating Boston, the Cavs now headed to the NBA Finals and James having broken a playoffs records set by Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordon

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- After beating the Boston Celtics Thursday night with a 135-102 Game 5 victory to win the Eastern Conference title for the third year in a row the Cleveland Cavaliers are again headed to the NBA Finals and will again face the Golden State Warriors, the team they beat for the championship title last year and lost to the year before.

 

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday, June 1 in Oakland and will air on abc at 9 pm EST.

 

Led by head coach Tyronn Lue, the architect behind his team's rise to stardom in the past two years, the Cavaliers finished the regular season as second in the Eastern Conference, behind the Celtics.

 

But fate was unkind, and Boston simply could not overcome the mega-talent of  LeBron James, 32, and his teammates in the playoffs series where it counted most.

 

Going into Thursday's Game 5 against the Celtics Cleveland was ahead 2-1 in the series after previously defeating the Indiana Pacers to advance to the Eastern Conference semi- finals.

 

An Akron, Ohio native and Sports Illustrated 2016 sportsperson of the year, James scored a game high 35 points in Game 5 coupled with eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

 

Kyrie Irving, who dominated Game 4 against Boston with a career high 42 points, added 24 points, and Kevin Love finished with 15.

 

The Game 5 outcome was not necessarily a surprise, given.

 

The Cavs won Game 1 against Boston, 171-104.

 

Game 2 was a embarrassing blowout, the Cavs winning  130-86.

 

Game 3 was a win for Boston but only by three points, and with a final score of 111-108.

 

And the Cavs came back in Game 4, defeating the Celtics 112-99.

 

The upcoming bout between Golden State and Cleveland will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James, who last night surpassed Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordon to become the NBA's all time leading scorer in the playoffs.

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