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Assistant law director at the center of a controversial text-message investigation gets fired



Published: Fri, April 6, 2012 @ 3:54 p.m.

Assistant law director at the center of a controversial text-message investigation gets fired

YOUNGSTOWN — Bret Hartup, an assistant city prosecutor at the center of a controversial text-message investigation, is fired as of 4 p.m. today.

Hartup, who’s worked for the city since Feb. 13, 2006, was the recipient of the controversial text about President Barack Obama.

An internal city investigation into the fallout from a federal discrimination lawsuit, filed against the city by a senior assistant law director, led Mayor Charles Sammarone to fire city Prosecutor Jay Macejko on Thursday.

A key component of the investigation was the controversial text message sent to Hartup’s cellphone on April 7, 2009.

Hartup’s cellphone log, released today by the city, shows he received the text message. But the city refused to disclose who sent the message.

The text was also included in documents related to the discrimination lawsuit. Hartup was asked to provide a log of text messages he sent and received from Macejko.

Macejko has repeatedly said he didn’t send the offensive message.

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


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