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Special prosecutors to dismiss indictment in Oakhill conspiracy case

Published: Wed, July 6, 2011 @ 5:03 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Special prosecutors plan to ask visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. to dismiss the entire 73-count indictment in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal conspiracy case, according to three sources.

“The state intends to seek dismissal of all charges against all defendants,” the special prosecutors wrote in an email to defense lawyers.

Ralph Cascarilla, a Cleveland lawyer for the Cafaro Co., and Robert Duffrin, a Boardman lawyer for Atty. Martin Yavorcik, confirmed today that they received the email Tuesday and that the special prosecutors did not specify in the email any reason for requesting the dismissal.

Cascarilla said the prosecutors will formally make their dismissal motion in a 9 a.m. Monday pretrial hearing before Judge Wolff.

The Ohio rules of criminal procedure require a court hearing on such a motion, and approval by the judge is normally a formality and a virtual certainty, Cascarilla said.

Paul M. Nick, executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission and one of the Oakhill special prosecutors, however, said a court hearing is “not necessarily” required and the judicial approval can’t be taken for granted.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


1TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

My God. Aaall thaat money. All that money for a political witch hunt. Again, it's the citizens of Mahoning County that are punished by the corruption of public officials. It seems though that the corruption doesn't lie in the hands of the so-called "Oakhill Seven" but their persecutors who used the influence and power of public office to condemn those who had the gaul to question their power. It is the prosecution that has requested this dismissal, probably after recognizing the poisonous tree of hatred and conspiracy from which these charges stemmed. Justice...for now.

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2valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years ago

Happy to hear! I was against the purchase of Oakhill from day one. It was rammed through by Traficanti, Ludt, and Tablack...

Ludt-- Voted out.
Tablack-- Fired.
Traficanti-- Next one to go.

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3TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

Again the Prosecutors from out of town moved to dismiss. Im sure some will try to say the Cafaros bought them off but that may be feasible with one Judge or one Prosecutor. Simple fact they began to see how shoddily and how corruptly this investigation came to be and was carried out and were honorable in their request to dismiss. McNally and Sciortino have AALLLLLLLLL the steam now. What's up Anthony? Maybe Jay will take you to DC, cause youre in for a most unpleasant reality. Would the average guy be apt to help someone who not only wanted to beat them in the polls, but put them in prison. That is what happened they disagreed and they were to be punished. PAYBACKS ARE a mother------!

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4TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

Its really QUIET out there tonight? Usually Oakhill stories light up the Board with folks who think theyre "in the know". Where are all the George and Anthony worshippers? Wonder where PJ's pounding tonight? DOWNLOW.

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5escapee(43 comments)posted 5 years ago

Hoping, maybe the Fed's will pursue something bigger and better.

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6TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

That's the spirit! Maybe the hatred that sparked this whole revenge laden plan can corrupt the justice system at even greater levels. Then we can all see more millions added to the debacle that is Oakhill. Its been such a sound investment thus far. Yeah, that's a wonderful hope for our community.

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7skittles(7 comments)posted 5 years ago

It is about time. Nice that our prosecutors and Bertram had to drag these people through the mud. Their time is coming. Talk about crooks, how about Ludt who seems to be first at every accident in town. Who is who's pocket. His buddy Traficanti will be next to hit the road

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Smiling faces, money put in the right places brings justice at the right price . I smell a rat but am not surprised . . ..

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9TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

Stan: That's right. The Cafaros bought off the Judge, the Special Prosecutors, and the Supreme Court Justices that upheld defense motions. They further, were on the grassy knoll in Dallas and are hiding Elvis in their home Liberty. Please Stan are you so misguided as to believe that this process was an effort to seek truth and justice? You pontificate as though you are astute to the inside motives of corrupt officials and comment non-stop, and we all KNOW NONSTOP. You have all the answers as is seen by the time you dedicate to this board. You must really have no and I mean no other responsibilities in life. This being said you really can't be so blind as to not to see the common link among the defendants and no its not the Cafaros. It is the fact that the defendants opposed the purchase of Oakhill and publicly supported a candidate that opposed Paul Gains. For that they and their wives and children were subjected to a dedicated attack to smear their lives and careers through the misuse of public power. None of the politicians that were indicted EVER said lets stay at Garland. They did say Oakhill is a horrible alternative and it would grossly affect the finances of the county. This has now proved to be true. Despite that you still claim the merits of a purchase whose numbers are catastrophic. Logic and reason hasve never taken ahold of you. Im hoping that you are really just bored and like to be contravresial. If not you are sadly unintelligent and blind to the predictions that are now facts. I would hope that if you really care for our community, you would be pleased to accept what the Special Prosecutors clearly have. This was a frivolous lawsuit at best that cost us greatly. I unfortunatley see it as the worst case of public corruption, the use of political power to personally hurt individuals for disagreeing. The democracy of our community was damaged and this dismissal is an effort to heal that. I wish you well Stan, truly we both live in the same community and need to be able to move forward.

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10TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

Geromajor. You dont really think that Garland even mattered to the Cafaros financially? Just to let you in on something, the Prosecutors are dismissing the case not the Commissioners AND Dave Ludt lost the election soundly. It wasnt just the Cafaros that backed Carol, it was the majority of the community. Anyway, Dave Ludt is not accused of being corrupt- hes a nice guy. The triumverate of Corruption was steered by Tablack and I'll let you guess the others. Wonder whose a-- Anthony starts kissing now?

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

highcherokee :

"Stan, you are an idiot.
Bert, you can wake up now."

If I was an idiot we would get along . . ..


There is a long history of grassy knolls and envelopes of cash in the Cafaro legacy . Has anyone seen Maureen Cronin lately ?

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12Nom_De_Plume(60 comments)posted 5 years ago

So, the whole politically motivated witchhunt now comes crumbling down. Gains should be shaking in his boots as he is the one holding the bag on this one and Georgie is nowhere to be found.

After the county's civil settlement of the litigation surrounding the Garland lease, Gains penned the letter to the ethics commission. He and his cronies then oversaw the early stages of the "investigation" and he sought special prosecutors when he was told to step aside. Unfortunately for him and certain others in that office, he did not truly step aside. His civil chief and former paramour provided "support services" to the specials that gave rise to, among other things, viable claims of prosecutorial misconduct. Mighty curious how this dismissal arises just in time to keep Gains and his staff off of the witness stand in a public hearing that would be primarily aimed at showing his office to possibly be corrupt and in violation of the judge's order appointing a special prosecutor.

Rather than do the right thing and step down as county prosecutor, Gains will call in every political favor he can to force this case down the throats of the feds with the promise of delivering the Cafaros. Sadly, this may be enough to get the feds to nibble and we may not have heard the last of this nonsense.

Gains has tried to set himself up to be in a perfect position - to claim credit if the prosecution was successful while at the same time distancing himself and leaving the special prosecutors to blame if and when this debacle fell apart as it now has. Gains will show up in front of a camera or issue some mealy-mouthed statement about how "this decision was arrived at after an independent determination by the special prosecutors with no input from this office." Yeah, right.

Not gonna work this time, Pauly-boy. You are left holding the bag on this one and people will not forget how you abused your authority to bring the weight of the criminal justice system against those who dared to oppose you and wasted an incredibe amount of state resources and money for a witchhunt. Maybe Gains should've given the special prosecutors 20% raises and they might've stuck with it a little longer. They are the only ones breathing a bigger sigh of relief than the defendants after extricating themselves from this mess.

Shame on you, Paul Gains. You are a disgrace and you should resign.

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13dennycrain(22 comments)posted 5 years ago

The feds are coming.....the FEDS are coming......THE FEDS are coming.......THE FEDS ARE coming.......THE FEDS ARE COMING!!! That's why the state dropped all of the charges against the Oakhill 7!! Why do you think the feds PUBLICLY announced Lisa Antonnini's one count charge and that she was pleading guilty?? TO RUB INTO THE FACES OF ALL THE "Oakhill 7!!" To give them anxiety....sleepless nights.....paranoia..... To send them all a MESSAGE!!!!!! The feds possess unlimited resources and funds! The feds have no scruples, morals, principles or boundaries! The "Oakhill 7" are TOAST! And deservedly so! Semper Fi!

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14TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 5 years ago

Rick, the semper fi is a dead giveaway. You do make me laugh though

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15dennycrain(22 comments)posted 5 years ago

....the feds are coming......THE FEDS ARE COMING!!!!!!!!! That is why the state is dropping the charges against the "Oakhill 7!" Why did the feds PUBLICLY announce that Lisa Antonnini was pleading to one charge? To send a MESSAGE to the "Oakhill 7!" To make them experience anxiety.....sleepless nights....paranoia!!! There's not one of the "Oakhill 7" getting a good nights sleep tonight!! Do any of you think that Lisa is the ONLY individual who broke the law and that the feds were going to leave all of the other criminals alone?? The feds have unlimited resources and funds and lack scruples, principles and have no boundaries! The "Oakhill 7" are TOAST!!! And deservedly so! Semper Fi!

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