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Defendants in Oakhill case seek more secrecy

Published: Sat, January 8, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



Defendants in the Oakhill Renaissance Place indictment recently have asked for additional secrecy regarding pretrial documents filed in the case.

The Cafaro defendants filed a motion under seal Wednesday for a court order to redact three references in the special prosecutor’s motion for more time to provide evidence to the defense.

That motion, accompanied by a supporting legal memorandum, also asks for a “protective order governing disclosure and use of bills of particulars.” The memorandum also is sealed from public view.

The caption of the motion, filed by Atty. Ralph E. Cascarilla of Cleveland, doesn’t explain the nature of the material the defendants want redacted, or edited, nor does it elaborate on the nature of the protective order being sought.

The motion and memorandum were filed on behalf of Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., former president of the Cafaro Co.; the Cafaro Co. and its affiliates, the Ohio Valley Mall Co. and the Marion Plaza Inc.; and Flora Cafaro, part-owner of the Cafaro Co.

On Thursday, Atty. Robert Duffrin filed a motion on behalf of his client, Atty. Martin Yavorcik, requesting redaction or sealing of a portion of the bill of particulars detailing the charges against the Cafaro defendants. The special prosecutors filed that bill under seal Monday.

The caption of Duffrin’s motion doesn’t specify what material he wants redacted or the rationale for requesting the redaction.

Visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. has unsealed many pretrial documents in the case at the request of The Vindicator and 21 WFMJ-TV, but all bills of particulars remain sealed, except for the one detailing the money-laundering charge against Yavorcik and Flora Cafaro.

That money-laundering charge says Flora Cafaro gave an allegedly concealed $15,000 contribution to Yavorcik’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign for county prosecutor. Flora Cafaro is Anthony Cafaro’s sister.

Anthony Cafaro, the Cafaro Co. and its affiliates, Mahoning County Commissioner John A. McNally IV; County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino; former County Treasurer John B. Reardon and former County Job and Family Services Director John Zachariah are charged with conspiring criminally to impede JFS’ move from Cafaro Co.-owned rented quarters to Oakhill.

The county bought Oakhill in 2006 and moved JFS there the following year. Oakhill is the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center.

The Oakhill defendants’ jury trial is scheduled to begin June 6 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Keep everything out in the open so the Tax payers can view. I could care less about this meatball. Which brings me to this. During the last depression your old man was in charge of the WPA. My people work for this Meatball who still owes us money for our trucks. He kept 50 cents on each dollar that was earned. What's the matter Carfaro you think people have for gotten. And I could care less about your Charity or you giving money to them. It's probably someone else's Hard Earned Money any way !

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

And I think I would to . This kind of stuff needs under a rock with other slimy things . We the tax payers will never know what happened, we just will pay & pay . And if they do go to jail ,it will one of those country club ones .Maybe we can put them up at the TC County Club
so they will not miss a golf game .

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3escapee(43 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Lets just make sure the public doesn't know how MANY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ are in the envelope sent to Judge Wolffe. My guess $10. He was appointed for a reason. He is cheap and sleazy. The public knows everything else, because they lived in YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this gig out. Thank GOD, my son works for NASA and not CAFARO. He'd be like DeChristefaro - and thinking his POOPY is CAFARO POOPY.

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4escapee(43 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Sorry - I can't spell DeChristofaro. Spelling Christ after David, is like like asking God to bless Satan.

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5escapee(43 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

This case makes you UNDERSTAND Ohio's jjudiciary..

starts with ZERO and ends with ZERO - OHIO


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6Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

This is beyond pathetic,..

First lets establish the unquestionable fact that the people are the victims being preyed upon here. As this case and inclusive charges are those solely of contention that a pack of individuals holding offices of due influence. Willfully, deliberately and criminally conspired to subvert a public purchase with taxpayers money. In order to steer those funds to a criminal enterprise for private interests of personal profit


Here you get a pack of individuals charged with a crime to the magnitude of local governance corruption. Which entailed overt actions, statements and displays of coercive extortion. For which the entire onlooking populous witnessed and both literally and figuratively paid for.

Then upon being criminally charged. Those defendants defense is to allege to present their contention of innocence. Those defendants scream everything from bias, conspiracy, wrongfully charged and mis-perception. But goes as far as to contend defamation and obstruction by mere process of transparency. By overtly proceeding to deny public access exposure to see the detail of the charges waged against them.

That's not the actions nor conduct of innocence nor even possessing nor displaying respect for the people. Yet for them to pose under the guise of their deliberate obstruction of public access and review. Is alleged to be some protection against tainting a potential jury pool is

If anything to present ones innocence one petitions for all the facts and even charges. To be openly presented to the people. As for them { the people } to duly understand what charges are waged, whom they are waged against and any and all contentions of guilt and or connectivity.

Which is absolutely what the defendants alleging their innocence here. Are so vehement and unquestionably opposed to allowing. Hence, one of any sense certainly doesn't have to ponder neither long, hard nor at all. As to deduce why the criminally accused would proceed in such a manner of what amounts to is continued public obstruction.

What this manner and methodology tells me is the accused aren't only embracing a guilt of mass proportion.

But they apparently wish to continue their ways of preying upon the populous by willful opposition to transparency. And don't even have the sense, respect remorse or decency to apologize for what they've done thus far.

For such a display it projects that the guilty has such an underlying active network and connectivity. That merely exposing charges of detailed particulars.

Would create such a public demand for an inquest that goes beyond this ordeal. That would possibly topple a number of other non implicated personnel. Who's actively practicing a criminality craft of corruption that has plagued the area for decades.

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7seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

This is typical, the a--es that have raped the taxpayers and voters for years now want preferential treatment so the public can't discover how bad we have been screwwed over the years by these criminals. But the scary thing is, Sciortino was already indicted and the idiots of Mahoning County still re-elected him. The gold chain guidos of the area the valley need criminlas in play so they can exact their mob business ploys.

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8southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Secrecy for what? To plot how they will get off?

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