I notice that you didn't disagree with what I said, Kurt.
November 25, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
An open letter to Bert, the Vindy editors, and the readers who continue to suffer.
Another week of suffering through the useless commentary of a washed-up, agenda driven columnist. It's hard to believe that the Vindy dedicates any of its shrinking column space to this guy let alone issues him a paycheck! However, this drivel represents a new low.
Bert writes, "He used the air time to rant and rave about his favorite subjects: The Internal Revenue Service; the FBI; the Chinese, and the powerful Jewish lobby in Washington that, he charged, controls the federal government."
Sound familiar? Just replace a few words. Bert uses his column to rant and rave about public employees; Jim Traficant; YSU; and the Cafaros who he believes control local government!
Look in the mirror you horrible little man. You should be relegated to the same trash bin. Hypocrite.
November 24, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
One final thought: The last line of Bert's article reminds me of being in high school when the principal would come on and say, "We know who you are. Come to the office." Too funny. Bert now thinks he can level threats for the Feds; the same Feds who ignore him when he demands information and action. I'll be laughing all say about this one.
November 17, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
Oh, foolish little man. Again, your mean spiritedness and personal agendas blind you from the truth. You were fed a bill of goods by Gains and Tablack on Oakhill. I love how you are now clinging to what little journalistic integrity and ability that you once had and trying desperately to make it seem like more trouble is coming. Can't admit you are wrong! Love it! Even if she provided information - and that's a big IF - the statutes of limitation are passed. Nothing will ever come of this and you will just fester and rot in your own hatred. I love it! You, Sweetwood, and the whole miserable crew at Vindy were played for fools!
November 17, 2013 at 9:22 a.m.
Hughes Jr. just did more police work than his father did in his entire career!
November 1, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
Gains, a judge? Talk about putting lipstick on a pig!
November 1, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.
I do know the order of things, the investigation, the case, etc. Federal investigators were involved in the investigation leading up to the state indictment. They knew about the tapes and everything that was supposedly uncovered in that investigation. They could've cherry-picked it at any time and did not and will not. As I also said, though, I believe the federal statutes have run but I am not entirely certain. And, I also know that no state prosecutor will touch this case - the Lorain county crew was the first to accept after three declinations - and I do not believe the AG's office will touch it.
I almost put at the end of my last post that you may see some collateral damage as a result of Oak Hill and/or Lisa. But, I am very confident that you will never see the full scale, far reaching takedown that people are led to believe will happen and that Bert yearns for. There might, MIGHT be a few spin off indictments but it will be anti-climactic at best. Just another black eye for the valley.
In closing, I will double down on Bert being an idiot.
September 24, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Here is why Bert is full of it...
1. If the allegations were as serious as Bert would have everyone believe, there would have never been a state prosecution. The feds would've taken the case from the beginning.
2. The state case was NOT dismissed because the feds wouldn't turn over the "over 2000 hours of recordings." The case was indicted before the existence of the tapes was revealed. So, presumably, the special prosecutors (read as Linette and Gains and Tablack) felt there was enough evidence to proceed (probable cause) and to convict WITHOUT the tapes. Blaming the dismissal on the feds is a red herring. The special prosecutors realized the case was garbage and got out at the first opportunity. Plus, it is not a coincidence that the case was dismissed on the day that St. Paulie Boy was set to be called to the stand in the hearing on the motion to dismiss.
3. By my count, the federal statutes of limitation have run.
As to Lisa, it will always be interesting to speculate about what information, if any, she was able to provide. It is curious that she is being sentenced now. I guess it's possible that she will be ordered to continue to cooperate in any future prosecutions but it is more likely that she will just finish out her term of probation and nothing more will come of the Oakhill matter.
Of course Bert will continue to write and rant about it but he is like Don Quixote tilting at windmills. The feds will never answer him or answer to him. He is an irrelevant gadfly. The feds realize it and hopefully we all will as well.
September 24, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
Make no mistake, my dislike and lack of respect for Gains did not cloud my comment. I'm not saying Cronin isn't blameless but it was his office that raised the issue of intimidation and set things into motion. His office did nothing on the record to justify the closure and the defense attorney's instincts to make an objection has now led to the reversal of his conviction and death sentence. So, with that in mind, I hope you can now see how his office - and, ultimately him - are responsible. (Not to mention that I believe this is the second time a murder case has been reversed for courtroom closure. But, that case is escaping me at the moment.) Gains is simply the worst elected official we have.
August 28, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.
Hey, Joe Gorman. Why don't you call Gains at home, wake him up, and ask him about this ruling? Even money says he has no clue. His office is atrocious and now the family of a slain baby will have to re-live this nightmare. In true Gains fashion, he will point the finger at former-judge Cronin but the fault lies with his office. Wonder what they will plea bargain Drummond's case to under these circumstances?
August 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.