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Appeals court rules for YSU in two cases



Published: Mon, October 1, 2012 @ 9:48 a.m.

Appeals court rules for YSU in two cases

YOUNGSTOWN

The 7th District Court of Appeals has upheld the denial of unemployment compensation to a fired Youngstown State University payroll assistant, who was also a labor union president.

In a separate decision, also issued Friday, the appeals court upheld the jurisdiction of YSU police officers beyond the university campus.

The appeals court affirmed Judge R. Scott Krichbaum’s decision to uphold the state’s denial of unemployment compensation to Ivan Maldonado, a 20-year university employee and former president of the Association of Classified Employees at the university.

“YSU had just cause to terminate appellant, and accordingly, the denial of unemployment benefits is affirmed,” the three-judge panel ruled as it upheld the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge’s decision.

The university said it fired Maldonado in July 2009 for threatening other university employees and using indecent language and for unsatisfactory performance of his duties.

In the other university-related case decided Friday, the appeals court upheld the April 25, 2011, arrest of Jonathan Littlejohn on misdemeanor marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia and falsification charges by YSU Police Officer Wilbert Drayton behind an Ohio Avenue apartment complex near the campus.

Drayton made the arrest after shining his cruiser’s spotlight into a parked car with five occupants, three of whom were smoking in the back seat, smelling burning marijuana and recovering marijuana cigarette butts from the car at about 1 a.m., according to the appeals court decision.

The appeals court ruled that the officer acted properly under a mutual aid agreement between the university and the city, which is authorized by state law and which gives university police city-wide authority.


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1crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Why doesn't anyone EVER mention how this person, Mr.Maldonado, was CLEARED, found NOT guilty of ALL these trumped up charges.

This valley is shameful, shame on the political arena here.

Seems YSU OWNS the courts and everyone involved in the Mahoning Valley.

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2cruzer(2 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I heard the prosecutor was very ill-prepared for that case. He failed to call SEVERAL key witnesses. Hmmm...seems kind of shady.

If YSU owns the courts, how do you explain the fact that he was found not guilty?

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3crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Cruzer,
I believe there was an outside judge brought in for the latest trial. Can't comment on the other trial, i believe it occured about 2 or more years ago.

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4ChangesNeededNow(16 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

What????? I don't understand your comment crblk. Are you saying YSU owns all courts/judges whether they're local or brought in from outside? And how do you explain the fact that the other two people indicted with him both plead guilty to the charges? Cruzer is right, seems kind of shady.

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5HonestAbe(273 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Cruzer, I don't understand that verdict either. Makes no sense to me. If two people.. both of whom either pleaded guilty or were found guilty...testified against him, and he was found not guilty, makes you kind of wonder what happened. It would appear the prosecution didn't do their job. Go figure!!

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6cruzer(2 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

HonestAbe, going back to my first comment, those two people you are referring to were never called to testify.

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7HonestAbe(273 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Cruzer, I did not know that. That helps explain the verdict then....

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