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Maldonado trial moved to March after chatty juror taints the pool

Published: Wed, January 20, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.


Ivan Maldonado

Maldonado trial moved to March after chatty juror taints the pool


YOUNGSTOWN — Discussion of the case by some potential jurors before a jury was seated in a misdemeanor menacing case in Youngstown Municipal Court resulted in the dismissal of the entire jury pool.

The trial of Ivan Maldonado, 41, of Boardman, will be rescheduled in March.

About 30 prospective jurors were called to the courtroom of Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. on Tuesday morning, but the court soon learned that at least one of the jurors had read an account of the case that ran in Tuesday’s Vindicator and then talked about it to others in the jury pool.

Defense Attorney J. Gerald Ingram filed a motion challenging the array of jurors empaneled to hear the case, saying one potential juror had exposed prejudicial conversation to two other potential jurors. It was unclear who might have overheard that conversation, he said.

No jurors were seated, and Judge Douglas dismissed the pool, saying the case will be rescheduled for the next round of jury trials.

Maldonado, former president of the Association of Classified Employees union at Youngstown State University, is accused of making a threatening telephone call to another YSU employee in March 2009.

He was president of the union at the time, and the call was made to another union member.

The university placed Maldonado on paid administrative leave a short time later and then fired him in July because of allegations of making threats against other university employees and what the university said was unsatisfactory performance of his duties in the university’s payroll office.

He was a 20-year university employee.

The ACE union has filed a grievance against the university seeking Maldonado’s reinstatement to his job. That issue is going to arbitration.


1CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

He "allegedly" threatened someone. I don't get why you're so outraged. Individuals can't threaten other individuals in a civilized society. And why drag out the race card? You seem terribly defensive of the defendant...is he perhaps a relative?

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2dd933(295 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

A potential jury should not even know what case they are being selected for. When I had jury duty after we got our instructions from the Judge we were dismissed because the defense reached a plea agreement - I still don't know what case we would have been involved with. Why did the potential jurors know who was being tried? If they know what case they are being selected for because of media coverage shouldn't they be instructed not to discuss such news? Then only those who do discuss the case can be eliminated.

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3sky(38 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Why would anyone every threaten another human being? Such savages, we should all sit down and cross our legs while drinking warm tea.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Much to do about nothing . A waste of taxpayers money ! Let's use taxpayers money to prosecute robbers, rapists, dope dealers and murderers in the city . While this charade goes on real criminals are expanding their horizons !

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5mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

crlbk 1052 your comment made sense until you brought the race card into play,at that point you had ZERO credibility with me.That is the easiest way to defend yourself or someone and yell racism.It's 2010 no one cares if Maldonado is Hispanic or not,get a life,what if he was Irish.

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

"More taxpayers should be questioning this prosecutor as to why he continues to have a vendetta against a man who is a minority (Mr. Maldonado is Hispanic)."

Shame, shame, shame....has nothing to do with race. Why does everyone play the race card. Unreal.

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7mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

crlbk your sadly mistaken,NO ONE GIVES A DAMN that he is Hispanic.A lot has changed in our country,sure there is racism but not nearly like it used to be.The bottom line is it's a waste of taxpayer money,that's it,not because he is Hispanic.BTW I was using the Irish as a reference,I'm not Irish.

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8goYtown(13 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

It does seem a bit excessive to carry this on for so long over an issue that could have perhaps been settled some other way. As for his guilt or innocence, well, who knows? I'm more interested in the massive pay raise he gave himself. Illegal? Guess not. Unethical? Definitely.

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9sky(38 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Only whitemen in this country can commit a crime and have no one complain..... It is all about race the whiteman made this country and now look at what it has become with equal rights.....

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10JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Ivan Maldonado hardly looks menacing; Candy Maldonado, on the other hand, is a different story...

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11dominoman777(57 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

let me threaten you cribk or better still i,ll beat ur a$$

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12mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Jeff Lebowski Candy Maldonado's weakness was the curve ball,that was his down fall.

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13ysualum299(11 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

goYtown is right. everyday there are verbal threats that are just dismissed. does this case have more to do with keeping him quiet by others involved in the past negotiations (on both sides?). illegal or unethical who knows. no one will investigate what really happened with our tax dollars?

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14CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

From my perspective, it's just common sense that if he's found guilty, it will strengthen the university's case against the union, which is fighting for him to get his job back. That being said, I myself would like to know what really happened during past negotiations who how certain articles "magically" appeared in the ACE contract. I never believed the former head of HR acted alone. But that's another debate....As I keep saying, I hope Mr. Maldonado gets a fair trial. It's been extremely difficult on all parties involved.

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15ysualum299(11 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

crlbk1052 is right. let's continue this conversation next week. those in power stay in power.

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