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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.


1crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Taxpayers should be outraged that something like this is wasting resources. There are plenty of 'real' criminals out there committing crimes, unlike this allegation over having a conversation. Something about this case is awfully suspicious, it seems like certain individuals have it in for this man and will stop at nothing until they completely ruin him. What about being innocent until proven guilty? To me this doesn't seem like we are living in a democracy when a person can have their life on hold for over a year because of a phone call? Something smells bad here and I am beginning to believe the city, university, and prosecutor all have cut a deal to destroy Mr. Maldonado. Looks like the same old politics are at play in Youngstown (Mobtown) once again. 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). Does the prosecutor want to make a name for himself to climb to a higher position? Again, I think I smell smoke and when there is smoke there must be a fire hidden in the YOUNGSTOWN POLITICS and the connections that the YSU administration has with the Youngstown City Mayor.

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2CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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3crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Not a relative, how about just concern for another human being and the welfare of a family? You already seemed to have him convicted, over a phone call? In our judicial system there is supposed to be innocence until proven guilty. This sure doesn't seem to apply in this case, race card or not, the man is being railroaded by YSU connections and the same old politics of this area. Small minded people seem to thrive on this type of gossip. The society isn't so civilized here in Y-town when a comment turns into a threat and a life is ruined by slander and mean spirited actions of the 'law'.

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4dd933(216 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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5sky(38 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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7Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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8crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I believe the race card is a LAST resort. Let's see, this has been going for quite some time. Justice is not being rendered and delays keep occurring. Maybe if you walked in the shoes of being wrongfully accused, name/face plastered around the area with 'false' allegations, and people saying you are quilty WITHOUT having the opportunity for a trial and fair representation, maybe you'd pull the 'Irish' race card (or whatever nationality you want to claim). Yeah, it's 2010, but not much has changed, especially in this town. Race or not this is WRONG, wasting taxpayer money because someone has an agenda to meet.

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9goYtown(13 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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10crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree with you, it is a waste of taxpayer money. I only made a reference to Irish because you mentioned it. You are totally right, it should not be about race, just the truth. What I've read about all of this is that there seems to be no one, with the exception of you, complaining that the city is wasting resources to try something so minor as this. Don't you think someone out there has an agenda and will stop at nothing (wasting what little funds the city has) to continue this nonsense?

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11sky(38 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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12JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

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

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13dominoman777(57 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

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

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14ysualum299(11 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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15CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 4 years, 3 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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16crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Apparently AlwaysHope has never encountered an unethical place of employment or you wouldn't be saying things like this. I say Thank God there is a union, how many things the public does NOT know about that place. There was a letter written quite sometime ago, last year, by a 20yr.+ employee, afraid to reveal themself, it was sent to the Chancellor - who did NOT investigate further some of the allegations made in that letter. People at YSU are afraid to say anything for fear they, too, might lose their jobs. The public is clueless as to what goes on there, freedom of speech does NOT exist. The public always takes the side of big brother while trampling the little guys or they blame organized labor, btw, who is there to protect the little people from Big Brother. Is this America or Nazi Germany?

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17ysualum299(11 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

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

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