CLEVELAND URBANNEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio- Journalist and community activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, with community activists at her side, will turn her self in to the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court at 11 am on Tuesday, Jan 17 relative to a bench warrant issued on Friday by Black Cleveland Heights Judge A. Deane Buchanan, whom Coleman says is judicially stalking and harassing her for two White cops that arrested her after falsely accusing her of not giving her name as a passenger at an illegal traffic stop, among others. (Editor's note: Officer Wolf is the name of the arresting Cleveland Heights police officer, whom Coleman said came to the passenger side of the car and harassed her and should be investigated to protect other Blacks from his seemingly racist corruption. It is open season, said Coleman, on Blacks in racist Cleveland Heights, a Cleveland suburb).
"I have been advised to turn myself in so I am not potentially shot and killed or beat up by these racist White and corrupt Cleveland Heights cops, who are supported by a a corrupt and anti-Black judge who has forgotten his roots," said Coleman, also a 14-year former Cleveland schools biology teacher with a bachelor's degree in biology and two master's degrees with straight A transcripts.
The Black female Cleveland activist says that the obstruction of official business misdemeanor charge, which is a lie she says, and is coupled with a another lie of a lack of a seat belt, is because she is the target of police and some corrupt judges she has written about as a journalist, as well as JPMorgan Chase Bank officials, who have tried to steal her University Heights home with the help of corrupt and racist Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell. (Editor's note: A Democrat, O'Donnell acquitted since fired Cleveland cop Michael Brelo of manslaughter charges in 2015 for gunning down unarmed Black Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell with 49 bullets. Twelve other non- Black cops involved in the incident escaped prosecution).
Coleman says that Judge Buchanan and others want her jailed also for rallying with other activists, including seasoned activists Art McKoy and Alfred Porter Jr.of Black on Black Crime Inc., as to Cleveland police murders of Blacks and others violence against women in greater Cleveland and her publishing the Cleveland Urban News.Com and Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com. (Editor's note: Read on below where Buchanan issued the warrant after Coleman's paid attorney, Sydney Strickland Saffold, took her money and called 15 minutes before a scheduled trial date at 8:30 am on Jan 13 and said she had suddenly change her mind on representing her and that Coleman should be represented by a corrupt White appointed prior attorney whom she allegedly told Coleman not to speak to due to his alleged harassment, racism, and corruption. That attorney, as noted below, is John Alex Morton. Coleman says that Buchanan, 70, should be tested for possible dementia and should be jailed himself for possible public corruption and Civil Rights violations)
Coleman was set to go before a jury for trial on Jan 13 with appointed attorney John Alex Morton representing her. She hired Sydney Strickland Saffold to days before trial because she said Morton, with Buchanan's help was trying to railroad her in jail.
Morton, says Coleman, says all Blacks are guilty, and that she is wasting the court's money and time even though she is innocent and a target of racial profiling. A motion to dismiss as to the initial denial of indigent counsel will not be filed, says Morton, because he is allegedly friends with Buchanan and does not want to offend the controversial judge.
Coleman said that Morton is a mediocre attorney at best and has also refused to subpoena the personnel files of the White cops at issue and will not subpoena any witnesses on her behalf, all with Buchanan's support.
"Simply put, he works for the prosecution," said Coleman
In fact, public records reveal that Judge Buchanan had refused to appoint Morton, saying that because Coleman had trouble with another attorney that he handpicked and later removed from the case, she was to represent herself, an illegal decision that was overridden by a visiting judge assigned for that day by the Ohio Supreme Court. That judge, public records reveal, appointed Morton over the objection of the White Cleveland Heights assistant prosecutor and Buchanan, who said then that Coleman should be denied representative counsel, which is illegal.
Because he was appointed as Coleman's attorney by a visiting judge assigned by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Morton apparently believes he can act in an ineffective manner as her attorney without repercussions, behavior, says Coleman, an investigative reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, that is customary, and often with support from select sellout Black leaders.
At a final pretrial hearing before Judge Buchanan on Jan. 10 Attorney Morton, on record, called his client [Coleman] a host of derogatory names and harassed her in front of the judge and people in the court room, data show.
Still, Buchanan, who is 70-years-old and cannot seek reelection under state law due to the age limitation, refused to remove Morton as Coleman's attorney and instead, told Coleman on record that though she is indigent she must hire, pay and bring a lawyer with her to the Jan 13 trial some three days away in order to get a continuance.
Coleman in turn, hired and paid Cleveland Attorney Sydney Strickland Saffold, the daughter of longtime Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffiold, to represent her.
And on Jan 12, 2017, a day before the slated jury trial trial, Coleman notified Buchanan of this in writing via a court filing with copies of receipts of the payment to the attorney where she moved the court for an extension.
Sydney Strickland Saffold then allegedly told Coleman, Coleman says, to refrain from any further discussions with Morton and that she would appear with her at trial on Jan 13 to seek a continuance to prepare at a later date.
But the morning of the trial, at or about 8:15 am, when they were due in court at 8:30 am, Coleman says Sydney Strickland Saffold phoned and said she would not be coming to court on her behalf and that she would not seek a continuance.
Coleman said that two days earlier Sydney Strickland Saffold became agitated when she advised that Judge Buchanan, whom the attorney said is a friend, had lured her to an arraignment with only his bailiff and another person there, and on behalf of the prosecution and police, begged her to plead guilty with his agreement of no jail time.
This, said Coleman, shows the judge's pre-determined disposition, and precluded a bench trial, and is a clear violation, it appears, of the Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility and the Judicial Code of Conduct.
After Coleman pleaded not guilty at arraignment she says the judicial and prosecutorial harassment escalated, harassment also, she says, for a prior affidavit of prejudice filed against the judge filed before the arraignment date and due to the prejudicial denial of indigent counsel at the arraignment as required by state law, activity that does not toll speedy trial rights.
Data show that White cops in Cleveland Heights are routinely following Blacks in their patrol cars cars and arresting them without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and then Judge Buchanan is denying them indigent counsel at the arraignment stage and sometimes otherwise, and, sometimes a speedy trial. He is also getting them alone, or without an attorney, and asking them to plead guilty at hearings.
Cleveland Heights is a middle class Cleveland suburb that is roughly 45 percent Black, though Blacks are disproportionately arrested, charged, maliciously prosecuted and jailed, public records reveal.
Blacks in general are subjected to excessive bonds and gross misrepresentation with the judge's approval, data show.
Several of the appointed lawyers are also harassing Blacks and misrepresenting poor people, public records show.
Community activists want a U.S. Department of Justice investigation for police reforms in Cleveland Heights and throughout jurisdictions in suburban Cuyahoga County, Ohio's largest of 88 counties and of which includes Cleveland where a consent decree for police reforms is currently underway.
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