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Visiting judge appointed for Oakhill case



Published: Fri, August 6, 2010 @ 12:15 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Supreme Court appointed William Herman Wolff Jr., a retired Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals judge, to preside over the Mahoning County Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case.

All five of Mahoning County’s five criminal common pleas court judges recused themselves from the case.

The indictment accuses the defendants of illegally allowing private interests to unsuccessfully block and postpone the county’s purchase of Oakhill.

Those charged are: county Commissioner John A. McNally IV; county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino; Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., the recently retired president of the Cafaro Co.; Flora Cafaro, part owner of the Cafaro Co.; ex-county Treasurer John Reardon; Atty. Martin Yavorcik; and John Zachariah, former county Job and Family Services director.

Also charged are the Cafaro Co. and two of its subsidiaries: the Ohio Valley Mall and the Marion Plaza.

Reardon will report to the Mahoning County jail about 1 p.m. today to be booked.

All of the other defendants, except Zachariah, were booked earlier this week. Zachariah is out of the country till the end of the month.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1eagle911(17 comments)posted 4 years ago

"All five of Mahoning County’s five criminal common pleas court judges recused themselves from the case."
I WOULD BET THAT ALL FIVE HAVE TAKEN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE CAFARO'S, BUT THAT'S OK WHEN THEY RULE ON CIVIL PROCEEDINGS THAT CONCERN THE CAFAROS

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2TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 4 years ago

"Look for the next wave of charitable giving by them millions to every charity imaginable to poison the jury pool."

You claim thay have done so much damage, yet you also admit they have and will give MILLIONS to local charities?

"I WOULD BET THAT ALL FIVE HAVE TAKEN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE CAFARO'S, BUT THAT'S OK WHEN THEY RULE ON CIVIL PROCEEDINGS THAT CONCERN THE CAFAROS"

Clearly another legal scholar on this website. Take a refresher course on potential reasons to recuse yourself as a judge, it may not be from political contributions alone.

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3SteubenvilleOhio(10 comments)posted 4 years ago

I've known people who have worked for the mob. One guy told me his mob boss had a sheet of telephone numbers with every judges name on it, all the way to the top in Ohio. Big deal, one judge recused himself, that just means his ' golfing , country club, BAR buddy" will be handling it. Same outcome. These judges will be calling the judge thats taking over the case, and if he does not already know what he's supose to do, others will call him and say "Blank and blank was such a good man". Just follow the $. These politicians have $ to gain by helping the rich, not by doing what is morally right. Dream on if you think anything serious will happen to those indicted. It's all one big back scratching party.

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4starofesther(168 comments)posted 4 years ago

There is deception in people with Mahoning County Bar Association and some attorneys! They are suppose to be honest...but are deceptive

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5Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 4 years ago

lol all local judges are too afraid to handle the case. this out of town judge will soon be exposed to the truths about the mafia and its connections. i wouldnt be surprised if he is in JJ's back pocket as well; that or he resigns as the resided judge.

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6TheLostPatrol(755 comments)posted 4 years ago

Yes, these local political hacks and their deep-pocket special-interest buddies are truly stupid enough to think that this would not be going any further than a squabble in the county courtroom; with a typical outcome of the money-tainted politicians lining their pockets for a condo in the sun, trip to Vegas, payoff a home loan, etc. Well, well, its all different now. My prediction is that many, many, are going to the "big house" to play "pick up the soap-on-a-rope" in the cell block community shower.

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