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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 3.5 million views.

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(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).

By Clevelandurbannews.com: Below is a photo of some of the nearly 400 people at our March 8, 2017 International Women's Day rally at Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to Cleveland 19 Action News television on Facebook for a video on parts of the rally speeches by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Cleveland19News/videos/10155145201979443/ Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at www.cleveland.com.....The historic rally and march were supported by women across racial and socioeconomic lines, organized by Black women and grassroots activists, and led by key organizer and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who edits www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage

 

By www.clevelandurbannews.com: 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EAST 93RD STREET SERIAL MURDERS WITH NEW VICTIM ALIANNA DEFREEZE. THE VICTIMS ARE : Location is at the intersection of East 93RD STREET AND BESSEMER AVE. IN ADDITION TO DEFREEZE THE MURDER VICTIMS ARE JASMINE TROTTER, 20, ASHLEY LESZYESKI, 21, CHRISTINE MALONE 45, AND JAMEELA HASAN, 37. Host groups are the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Rebuilding Our Village and Protecting Our Children, and Peace in the Hood. Contact No. Kathy at (216) 659-0463. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com
Keynote speakers: Angelique Malone, daughter of murder victim Christine Angelique Malone, the mother of Alianna DeFreeze, and Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, women's rights advocate and mayoral candidate, Activists, Black elected officials and others will also speak because we want the at-large killer caught.
Location: (From downtown Cleveland at 55th Street take Kinsman Avenue to East 93rd Street, make a right and go about a mile and a half to Bessemer Avenue). 
STOP THE VIOLENCE. SAVE OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Event contact No. (216) 659-0473, the Imperial Women Coalition....
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By Clevelandurbannews.com: International Women's Day Cleveland rally and march draw nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) of the Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the key organizer of the event, and with some 15 speakers, including keynote speaker Genevieve Mitchell, who saluted legendary Black women, and Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed

Congresswoman Fudge comments on Alianna DeFreeze murder, calls for peace, serial killer Anthony Sowell victim's daughter says Cleveland police remain incompetent and have done nothing since her mother's murder years ago

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Ohio 11th Congressional Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and 14-year-old murder victim Alianna DeFreeze of Cleveland



 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 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-Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes the city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, on Friday released a statement to Cleveland Urban News.Com on the tragic murder of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze of Cleveland.


"I send my sincere condolences to the family of Alianna DeFreeze," said Fudge, who is Black. "The loss of a child is extremely difficult, especially when details surrounding her death are so uncertain."

 

The  Black girl, whose body was discovered Sunday evening by police in a vacant home at the the 9400 block of Fullmer Avenue on the city's majority Black east side, was last seen at the 3400 block of East 149th Street last Thursday morning as she was getting off the RTA bus headed to school.


The teen never arrived at school last Thursday, and her family, notified some 10 hours later, subsequently filed a missing person's report.


Her body was identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office through dental records.

 

Christopher Whitaker of South Euclid, Ohio, a convicted sex offender who served time in prison for sexual battery, among other convictions, has been charged with aggravated murder, among other crimes, and was arraigned Saturday morning and held on a $3 million bond.


Police say that DNA links Whitaker to the crime, but cannot put him with the girl at any point to date, other than allegedly through DNA evidence.

 

Her family says she did not know him.


And though Whitaker has pleaded not guilty, Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams, who is Black, and the mainstream media, have publicly deemed him guilty, an ignorant effort, say sources, to minimize the unrest relative to the gruesome killing, and several other unsolved murders of Black females in Cleveland since 2012.


Some community members, led by longtime greater Cleveland activist Art McKoy, even held a vigil Saturday afternoon to compliment police for bringing Whitaker, who is Black, "to justice."


And this is though Whitaker was just arraigned on Saturday and, by no means, has been brought to justice.

 

Rep. Fudge, also a former Warrensville Heights mayor and a prior national president of the Black sorority Delta Sigma Theta Inc,  is a licensed attorney, and it shows.


She said Friday, though indirectly, that people should not hastily jump to conclusions about Whitaker's innocence or guilt and that she prays for closure.


And while she did not name police specifically, the federal lawmaker did thank those working to solve the case.


She called for peace in the largely Black major American city where Black on Black crime has escalated in recent years, as has erroneous police murders of Black people, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Brandon Jones, Tanisha Anderson and rapper Kenneth Smith.


Cleveland recorded 168 homicides in 2016, the deadliest year in decades, and up 13 percent from 2015, though neighboring suburbs also saw increases, mainly due, like Cleveland, to heroin and opiate overdoses on the rise.


"As a community we must do all we can to work together for the safety and security of our children," said Fudge. "I thank those working to solve unanswered questions surrounding Alianna's death, and pray for peace, closure and healing."

 

Alianna is the fifth female found dead since 2012 on the city's east side near East 93rd and Kinsman Avenue that has caught the attention of the community and the media, some four women ranging in ages from 20 to 43-year-old, three Black and one White, whose remains were discovered in various places, at least one in abandoned home, within a two-mile radius beginning at East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue and transcending to Harvard Avenue.


Police have no leads relative to the murders of the four East 93rd Street women, namely Jasmine Trotter, 20, Ashley Leszyeski, 21 and White, Jamella Hasan, 37, and Christine Malone 43, who left behind eight grown children.


Local community activists and Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed say a possible serial killer is on the loose as to the unsolved cases of the aforementioned.


If so, it would bring the number of greater Cleveland serial killers in recent years to three, behind Anthony Sowell, who murdered 11 women and raped three other Black women at his since demolished home on Imperial Avenue on the city's east side, and East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison, who murdered three Black women whose bodies were uncovered in the impoverished Black Cleveland suburb in 2013, four years after the remains of the Imperial Avenue women were pulled from Sowell's home by police.


At a well-attended rally for DeFreeze in Cleveland Wednesday Imperial Women Coalition leader Kathy Wray Coleman, who led the rally in front of the abandoned home where DeFreeze's body was found with activist Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood, said too many Black women and children are getting murdered in Cleveland and that White women and children who are murdered or raped get far more attention than poor Black women and children, especially from the mainstream media.


Coleman also called for city officials to fully implement the 27 recommendations derived by a three-member mayor appointed committee in conjunction with the Imperial Avenue Murders.


An aunt of DeFreeze spoke at the rally, and said her family is "broken."


Other speakers include east side Cleveland Councilpersons Phyllis Cleveland, Zack Reed, and Jeff Johnson, a candidate for mayor this year who hopes to unseat current three-term Mayor Frank Jackson, Angelique Malone, the daughter of Cleveland East 93rd Street murder victim Christine Malone, and Dannita Carmichael, the daughter of Tonia Carmichael, 52 and one of serial killer Sowell's 11 Black murder victims.


Carmichael lambasted Mayor Jackson and members of Cleveland city council, namely Zack Reed and Ken Johnson, who leads the ward where Sowell did his massacre, saying nothing has changed since her mother was murdered and that police are acting like business as usual, a speech laced with expletives.


Community members supported Carmichael, and said after wards that they understand her pain and are glad that "Black women have become more empowered to speak out on Black women getting murdered in Cleveland and very little being done about it."


As she spoke to the media on Wednesday at the rally, Carmichael stood with family members of several of Sowell's other victims, including  victim Janice Webb's sister, Joanne Moore, also an outspoken critic of Cleveland police, who arrested Sowell in 2008 on a rape complaint to police but released him to later kill the last six of his 11 victims.


Sowell, now 57, was arrested again in 2009 following another police report of rape.

 

This time police, who ignored missing persons reports filed by some of the Imperial Avenue families, took the complaint seriously.


The serial killer, who was convicted by a county jury of his peers in 2011, lost an appeal of his convictions and death sentence last year at the Ohio Supreme Court level and is now seeking relief via federal appeals venues.


While some lawsuits filed by the Imperial Avenue families remain pending in federal district court, others have been dismissed by judges like Federal District Judge Donald Nugent, a former county common pleas judge, and a Democrat who has political ties that some say sometimes influence his judicial decisions, some of them reversed on appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 02:27

Cleveand march for refugees, immigrants is today, February 3, 2017, at 4 pm at Market Square

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 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 - Protesters will meet today, Feb 3, 2017, at Market Square at Lorain Avenue and  West 25th Street on Cleveland's west side at 4 p.m. and at 4:30 pm will march to City Hall in response to President Trump's temporary travel ban of seven predominantly Muslin countries, which has been deemed by critics as racist, unconstitutional, and religiously insensitive.

Event organizers and sponsors include Cleveland Jobs with Justice, DreamActivist Ohio, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, CAIR, Peace in the Hood, Interreligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia, Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Association, Ohio's Voice and Refugee Services Collaborative.

Debbie Kline of Jobs with Justice told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that Trump, who says his selective approach is necessary for safety, is irrational at best.


"We are marching because we need to protect the vulnerable and the undocumented immigrants that are the target of Donald Trump," said Kiline, who is White. "The president, to me, is racist and dangerous."

Over a thousand people are expected to attend, according to the Facebook post put up by organizers. For more information, click here.

The march will follow national protests that have arisen over the controversial ban and the president's rhetoric against the Muslim community and other immigrant groups.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2017 01:47

Body of 14-year-old Clevelander Alianna Defreeze identified and is one of 5 females found dead in the East 93rd Street area since 2012 on the city's east side as the Imperial Women Coalition, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, which holds annual rallies

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 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 Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the body discovered in an abandoned home on Fuller Avenue in Cleveland Sunday evening  is that of 14-year-old Alianna Defreeze (pictured), whom police were searching for when they came across her remains earlier this week.


Her family has been notified, police said.


The Cuyahoga County medical examiner said Tuesday that the Black girl, who was  last seen in the 3400 Block of East 149th Street on Thursday as she was getting off the RTA bus headed for school, was identified through dental records.


The teen, a special needs kid, never arrived at school, and her family subsequently filed a missing person's report.


Police do not have any suspects in the case and the county prosecutor's office and crime stoppers are offering a $22,500 reward for information. (Editor's note: Since this article was published police have arrested a suspect, 44-year-old Christopher Whitaker of South Euclid, Ohio, a sex offender who was charged with aggravated murder, among other crimes, and arraigned Saturday on a $3 million bond).


Alianna is the fifth female found dead since 2012 on the east side near East 93rd and Kinsman Avenue, some four women ranging in ages from 20 to 43-year-old, three Black and one White, whose remains were discovered in various places, at least one in abandoned home, within a two-mile radius beginning at East 93rd Street and Bessemer Avenue and transcending to Harvard Avenue.


Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, responding to the murder of Defreeze in his largely Black and impoverished ward,  has joined community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, which holds annual rallies relative to the murders, in calling for the violence against women to stop, and making an assumption that another serial killer is likely on the loose. (Editor's note: Serial killer Anthony Sowell murdered 11 Black women and raped three others at his since demolished home on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland and sits on death row as his 2011 convictions are on appeal, and East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison, who murdered three Black women in neighboring East Cleveland, is also appealing his 2016 death sentence and convictions for murder and a host of other crimes)


Police have no leads relative to the murders of the four East 93rd Street women, namely Jasmine Trotter, 20, Ashley Leszyeski, 21 and White, Jamella Hasan, 37, and Christine Malone 43, who left behind eight grown children.

 

Imperial Women Coalition leader Kathy Wray Coleman said the murders of women and children in the city are escalating and that it is a community issue that must be addressed.


"This has got to stop," said Coleman, who raised the issue of violence against women and the unprecedented murders in particular of Black women in Cleveland as one of 10 speakers on Public Square on Jan 21 at the women's march in Cleveland, a sister march to the national gathering in Washington D.C.


Coleman said that the mainstream media ignored her call for something to be done about the epidemic as to her women's march speech and instead focused primarily on White women, abortion, and immigrants.


"Black women and children who are poor and murdered unmercifully do not get the attention that affluent White women get from the mainstream media, police, or otherwise," said Coleman, also a former 14-year Cleveland schools high school biology teacher. "It's racism, coupled with sexism and socioeconomic bias."



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 09:57

Cleveland NAACP seeks Tamir Rice grand jury transcript but not criminal charges against cops as activists want criminal charges as does Tamir's mother, and activists say the Cleveland NAACP is a fraud and should stand up

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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 3.5 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 is pretending to want the grand jury transcript as to the Tamir Rice Cleveland police fatal shooting to cover up that it has not and will not seek criminal charges against the White cops that killed the 12-year-old, data show. (Editor's note: The Cleveland NAACP is accused of harassing Black Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, also a local journalist who edits Cleveland Urban News.Com. A dues paying Cleveland NAACP member, Coleman says the harassment is routine and has been going on for years in retaliation for her writings and community activism. Other Black women, including a former Cleveland NAACP official and retired judge, have been demeaned by branch leaders, the retired judge of whom the branch president allegedly and allegedly wants to "go f--- herself.")

 

Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, wants the cops that killed her 12-year-old son criminally charged, and the NAACP will not back her on the issue, the city settling a wrongful death and excessive force federal lawsuit last year for $6 million in an alleged effort to quiet the issue before the Republican National Convention, which was held last summer in Cleveland.


Greater Cleveland community activists support Rice's mother on the issue and say the NAACP is selling out on the matter.


"The NAACP should join us in demanding criminal charges against police," said longtime community activist Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc.


Kathy Wray Coleman, an activist and a journalist who edit Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, agrees and says " the Cleveland NAACP is a fraud that has lost its focus and will not truly stand up for Black people against the White establishment when necessary."


Today (Jan 31, 2017), Cleveland NAACP president and vice president, Cleveland attorneys Michael Nelson Sr and James Hardiman, appeared for a hearing before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell seeking parts of the Tamir Rice grand jury transcript, though it is unlikely that the transcript will be released since such grand jury proceedings, which are often corrupt against Black people, are secret per state law.


Hardiman and Nelson, however, do not want the state law changed to allow open grand jury proceedings and access to testify before a county grand jury hearing cases for possible indictments, the process now of which allows the county prosecutor to pick and choose the persons that testify, police of whom often get free reign to lie on Black people to influence indictments.


The two White Cleveland police officers involved in the 2014 recreation park shooting of Tamir, who was carrying a toy gun, Timothy Loehmann, the shooter, and his partner, Frank Garmback, were not indicted by a county grand jury after former county prosecutor Tim McGinty lobbied the grand jury not to indict, a successful effort that contributed to his reelection loss last year to current county prosecutor Michael O'Malley.


Only McGinty's comments before the grand jury have been sought by the NAACP, which some say lends credence to the absence of any real effort to get data.


Witness testimony, also allegedly compromised by McGinty before the grand jury, is also pertinent, but Hardiman and Nelson say they do not want the testimony for public consumption, if their petition for the transcript is granted by Judge McDonnell.


It's all a scam, sources say, and the local Civil Rights organization for Black people has never wanted the cops at issue prosecuted, or any other Cleveland cops that erroneously gun down innocent Black people.


Hardiman and Nelson are on the take, say sources, and want monies for their law firms and favors from corrupt judges.


Hence, they must do exactly like they are told to do by establishment types, sources say.


Meanwhile, its president, Michael Nelson Sr., is being accused of harassing Black women and Black reporters while kissing up to White reporters at the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper.


He allegedly said that former Cleveland NAACP officials and retired Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals judge Sara J. Harper, 90-years-old and who ran against Nelson for branch president in 2015, to " go f--- herself."


Nelson has also allegedly targeted Kathy Wray Coleman, a 24-year-journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, and a dues paying member of the Cleveland NAACP who interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one.


Coleman says she has been harassed by Cleveland NAACP officials for years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 05:32

Ohio law on seeking possible removal of a municipal court judge for alleged bias or conflict takes authority to decide from chief Cuyahoga County Presiding Judge John Russo, other chief common pleas judges in Ohio, and hands it to Ohio Supreme Court

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Pictured is Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Presiding and Administrative Judge John Russo

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year  journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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

 

Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views.

CLEVELAND  URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Affidavits of prejudice filed against Ohio municipal court judges in civil, criminal, traffic and other cases to seek their potential removal in the particular cases for alleged prejudice or a conflict of interest are no longer heard by the presiding judge of the court of common pleas in the respective county. (Editor's note: Presiding judge in this instance does not mean a presiding judge over a particular court case but the presiding  judge over the judges of an Ohio common pleas court who is elected annually by his or her peers).

Per an amended state law (Ohio Revised Code 2701.031) adopted by the state legislature in 2014, the authority to decide affidavits of prejudice relative to municipal court judges now resides singularly with the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, now Maureen O'Connor, a popular Republican and former lieutenant governor who won reelection to the bench last year.

Hence, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Presiding and Administrative Judge John Russo can no longer decide affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges of the county, though public records reveal that when he had such authority he, and his predecessors, would routinely disregard them, and regardless of the merits. And many of the judges complained of are Democrats in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, the largest of 88 counties statewide, and of which includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.

Republican presiding judges of the county's 34-member general division common pleas court, which hear felonies, civil cases, and a litany of other legal matters, were no different and also routinely protected municipal court judges from scrutiny and disqualification in conjunction with the filling of an affidavit of prejudice.

This arbitrary and capricious behavior often occurred no matter how the judge at issue behaved in civil, divorce, criminal and other cases, including illegal warrants in bogus criminal cases, malicious and retaliatory prosecutions, and the illegal denial of indigent counsel to those deemed indigent by the court at issue.

State law O. R.C. 2701.03, which mirrors O. R.C. 2701.031 but is for possible removal of common pleas judges for conflict or prejudice, still remains under the purview of the chief justice as to affidavits of prejudice.

Probate, domestic relations, juvenile, and state appellate court judges, per an amendment of R.C 2701.03 by the state legislature, also in 2014, are now also subject to possible removal for prejudice or conflict by the chief justice per the filing of an affidavit of prejudice.

In any instance, the complaining party or his or her attorney, in criminal, traffic, civil and other pending cases, must file the affidavit in the Ohio Supreme Court at least seven days before the next scheduled hearing, and if no hearing is scheduled, it should be noted in the sworn affidavit.

Cases are put on hold as to substance matters until the affidavit of prejudice is ruled upon.

If the chief justice of the state's high court determines via a properly filed affidavit that judicial removal is warranted he or she can do one of three things_assign a handpicked visiting judge, which is usually a retired judge with nothing to lose, issue an order for random draw assignment of another judge if the judge at issue is part of a multi-judge court, or remove the case to another court under another judge.

Rarely are Ohio judges removed from cases for bias in Ohio, whether a municipal or common pleas judge, or otherwise, and some will retaliate for the filing of the affidavit, data show.

Cases that gain notoriety are the most likely to result in a fair outcome and the judge's disqualification. And even in high profile cases the rulings often lean in favor of the judge, favoritism sometimes, say sources, to promote judicial collegiality, and sometimes to allegedly cover up public corruption.

What often happens is that the judge at issue will withdraw before the affidavit is heard and a visiting judge steps in to often further the harassment.

Moreover, if a judge gets disqualified the judge assigned in his or her place often retaliates, data also show.

There is no process for seeking removal, however, of a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court as to an affidavit of prejudice.

Judges in general can be disciplined for felony convictions and violations of the Ohio Judicial Conduct and Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility, but the process for seeking their potential removal from cases for alleged bias or conflict is pursuant to the proper filing of an affidavit of prejudice under state law. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) /(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). 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 Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:53

President Trump makes first weekly address and sends transcript of his speech via a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader that will have access to teleconference interviews with White House officials like with Obama

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).

 

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, WASHINGTON, D.C.-Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, received a White House press release on Jan. 28 as to the first weekly address of President Donald J. Trump (pictured) and we have published it to test the grounds of support, or the lack thereof, in the Black community and otherwise from our news venues and social media outlets out of Cleveland, Ohio USA


The President’s Weekly Address aired today, Jan 28, on Facebook Live at 12:45 PM EST. Visit:https://www.facebook.com/POTUS


My fellow Americans,


One week ago, our administration assumed the enormous responsibilities that you, the American People, have placed in us.


There is much work to do in the days ahead, but I wanted to give you an update on what we have accomplished already.


In my first few days as your President, I’ve met with the leaders of some of our nation’s top manufacturing companies and labor unions.


My message was clear: we want to make things in America, and we want to use American workers.


Since my election, many companies have announced they are no longer moving jobs out of our country but are instead keeping and creating jobs right here in America.


Every day, we are fulfilling the promise we made to the American People.  Here are just a few of the executive actions that I have taken in the last few days –


--An order to prepare for repealing and replacing Obamacare, it’s about time.

--The withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership so that we can negotiate one-on-one deals that protect American workers. That would have been a disastrous deal for our workers.

--An order to begin construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, following a renegotiation of terms, with a requirement that pipelines installed in America be built with American steel and manufactured here.

--A directive to expedite permits for new infrastructure and new manufacturing plants.

--An order to immediately begin the border wall and to crack down on sanctuary cities. They are not safe, we have to take care of that horrible situation.


This administration has hit the ground running at a record pace, everybody is talking about it. We are doing it with speed and we are doing it with intelligence and we will never, ever stop fighting on behalf of the American People.


God bless you, and God Bless America.


Donald J. Trump, United States president


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