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J. WALTER DRAGELEVICH



Published: Mon, February 10, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



J. WALTER DRAGELEVICH

Career

1966: Passed the Ohio State Bar examination.

1970: As an assistant prosecutor, he helped in the conviction of William Head in the killing of a Hubbard man on a picket line at the General Motors plant in Lordstown. Head was represented by F. Lee Bailey, who gained national notoriety years earlier for getting Cleveland osteopath Sam Shepherd released from prison. Shepherd, who was convicted of murdering his wife, contended a "bushy-haired" intruder killed his wife, which was the inspiration for the old black-and-white TV show "The Fugitive," starring David Jansen.

1971: Became Trumbull County prosecutor in June.

1972: Was elected prosecutor.

1976: Was prominently mentioned for a possible appointment as U.S. attorney for northern Ohio by President Carter.

1977: Contends that testimony in U.S. District Court in Cleveland in which the government tried to link him to organized crime figures jeopardized his chances for the Carter appointment as a federal attorney.

1979: Elected president of Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association.

1984: Retires to devote time to private practice.

1989: Resigns as a part-time attorney for Ohio Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze Jr.'s office after questions of a possible conflict of interest are raised. Dragelevich was chariman of Erie Shores, a member resort on Lake Erie near Ashtabula. The attorney general filed a 15-count complaint against the resort, contending violations of state consumer law.

Source: Vindicator articles




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