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Judge considers release of documents, tapes in Muslim-discrimination case



Published: Mon, February 6, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The unsealing of documents and audiotapes submitted as evidence in a lawsuit by an assistant city prosecutor, who alleged his boss and the city discriminated against him based on his Muslim faith, is now in the hands of a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko received word late last week from Bassil Ally, the assistant prosecutor, saying Ally does not oppose public release of those materials.

The notice came in a one-sentence statement from Ally’s lawyer, Ronald D. Yarwood of Youngstown. Ally and Yarwood could not be reached to elaborate on their court filing.

However, as of late last week, transcripts of depositions and other documents in the court’s file in this case remained sealed from public view.

The judge has ordered the parties in the case to preserve all documents and evidence related to the case.

Last month, the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown asked Judge Boyko to unseal the documents and tapes in the lawsuit by Ally, who is of Middle Eastern descent, against the city and its prosecutor, Jay Macejko.

The Islamic Society said unsealing the documents and tapes will support its goal of promoting tolerance of the Muslim religion.

The sealing was agreed to by the parties in the lawsuit, which was settled last fall without a trial.

In the March 6 Democratic primary, Macejko is challenging Paul J. Gains, who is seeking a fifth four-year term as Mahoning County prosecutor.

In the settlement, Ally, who is a member of the Islamic Society, received a $110,000 lump sum and a $4,000 annual pay raise, boosting his annual salary to $65,621.

Macejko and the city have told the judge they don’t oppose the Islamic Society’s request, but they said they want the judge to conduct an oral hearing on the matter.

They said they want the judge to review the documents and tapes for confidential medical information about city employees or any other confidential materials that should stay sealed.

Macejko and the city said they would hand-deliver the recordings, and transcripts thereof, and the text messages referred to in the society’s request for the judge’s review.


Comments

1Photoman(1000 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

From an outsider's view, this does not appear to be a case about Mr. Ally but, rather, the Muslim Society laying the groundwork for future actions.

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2Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Release:
1. passages in the koran that demand all muslims either convert non-islamics, drive them out or kill them.
(Find the non-islamic & the jew hiding behind rocks & trees and kill them.)
2. release their leaders, including farakhan's speeches vowing violence against all white people.
3. release the FBI tapes of all mosque leaders speeches teaching hate, violence, the overthrow of America, the forced conversion of all Americans to islam.
4. release the tapes of muslim children being brainwashed in islamic schools, brainwashed to believe they go to their "heaven" if they die, if they blow themselves up, if they kill non-islamics as they scream allah akbar.
5. release video & tapes of palestinian children's text books CURRENTLY teaching ALL their youth to hate non-islamics & Jewish Peoples, to kill, to drive them into the sea.
6. release tapes of muslims demanding sharea law become the law in America.

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3dennycrain(22 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

In the sealed case are tape recordings of macejko demeaning and denigrating other races using the typical gutter phrases that racist bigots use! That is why the unsealing is significant! The citizens of Mahoning County are entitled to know macejko's federally documented discriminatory background as he is a candidate for county prosecutor! This article fails to mention that the city in addition to the $110,000 ALSO paid $50,000 for outside counsel! That's a total of $160,000 that macejko's cost Youngstown! Now there is a current lawsuit (2011CV1291) alleging that macejko discriminated against a secretary in his OWN office because she REFUSED TO LIE FOR MACEJKO in the Ally fed case! And macejko wants to be county prosecutor......I do NOT think so! I am Rick Berger, and I approve of this message! ahahahahalolololol!!! "Make a Difference" Semper Fi!

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4Peregrine(47 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

What ever happened to swift justice and the public's right to know. And whatever happened to the case against the young man accused in the murder at St. Dom's on the Southside?

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5johnyoung(241 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

As I predicted here earlier, Macejko is deservedly going under the bus. The key is that the Federal Judge unseals the records before the March election. If so, Macejko will certainly not win the the County Prosecutor's race once the public gets a listen to some of his derogatory and racist comments. Eventually he will also be let go from his city position once the dust settles. Trust me on this.

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6pgurney(274 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting that this is all happening right at election time. Why didn't this group have a say during the happenings? Or during the talks about sealing the transcripts?

Looks like another attempt at a smear campaign to me.

Interesting.....

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7Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

PG- not a smear campaign??? and your favorite insinuated that Gaines is a drunk... LMAO. I haven't seen Gaines call Jay derogatory names,, have you? It's just that Macejko is very clever at hiding his dastardly deeds. I bet there is a sigh of relief coming from the people that work under him that he may get dismised from his job.. The public has a right to hear the details. It would be interesting if he got fired once this comes public, makes you wonder why he wasn't let go when it happened , like who is helping him keep it quiet.???

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8jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

redeye

LOVE THE COMMENT

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9Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The fact that he took friday afternoon to pray is not the issue, What seems to be the issue is the way he was treated By his colleagues in the office, That is the big secret that is being hidden.

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10Bman(151 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone really believe the release of these materials has anything to do with justice or equality? This is pure politics! So therefore, this case is fair game...just like Gains' drinking problem and the fact that he initially stated that a janitor shot him in 1996..what a blowhard.

Does anyone believe this case is going to hurt Macejko? If anything, this case is rallying the silent majority who are watching a manager try and terminate a subpar employee but this subpar employee's ethnicity and religious beliefs kept his job.

Speaking of ethnics?....does Gains even employ one person of non-white descent? That drunk is on the radio preaching how Macejko is intolerant...how many African American or Muslims does Gains' office currently employ?

This whole race ends officially on 2/22/12...DEBATE NIGHT!

ADVICE: Make Paul submit to a BAC before going on TV!

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