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Ohio prosecutor fired for Facebook ruse

Published: Fri, June 7, 2013 @ 3:14 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fired northeast Ohio prosecutor said he doesn’t think he did anything wrong by posing as a woman on Facebook to chat with witnesses in a murder investigation.

Aaron Brockler was fired from the Cuyahoga County’s prosecutor’s office this week.

He told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland that law enforcement workers have often engaged in ruses to get information from people, and that he didn’t think he should have been fired.

“I think the public is better off for what I did,” he told the newspaper.

His former boss, county prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, didn’t think so. He said Brockler’s behavior was unethical.

“This office does not condone and will not tolerate such unethical behavior,” McGinty said. “He disgraced this office and everyone who works here.”


1NilesOhio(695 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Of course he's unethical - he's an attorney. Is there any other kind?

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2Ianacek(891 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

It seems Brockler gave the 2 women false information about the defendant to make them very angry with him & get them to turn against him & withdraw the alibis they had provided him .

Brockler said he didn't want to risk their alibis losing the case for him , & the end justified the means .

There's a reason why there has always been a division of duties in the justice system between investigation , prosecution , judging & jailing

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