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Sammarone isn’t giving Macejko a pass

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published February 25, 2012

Detractors of Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko are blasting Mayor Charles Sammarone for not taking action in relation to a racial comment about President Barack Obama that was retrieved from the cell phone of assistant prosecutor Bret Hartup. The criticism of the mayor is unfair because he has not turned a blind eye to what has become a major issue in Macejko’s challenge of Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains for the Democratic primary in the March 6 primary.

Sammarone has decided to launch an investigation of the Obama text message that was either sent by the city prosecutor to Hartup, or was sent to him by Hartup. Macejko denies having seen the message. Hartup has not made any public comments about the text log he provided to the federal judge who presided over the religious discrimination lawsuit filed by city assistant prosecutor Bassil Ally against Macejko.

By launching an independent probe of the texts, Mayor Sammarone has clearly indicated that he is not swayed by the city prosecutor’s denial of any knowledge of the racial comment about Obama. It is also clear that he will take whatever action is necessary to protect the city of Youngstown from future racial or religious discrimination lawsuits against Macejko.

To believe the city prosecutor when he says he had never seen the Obama text until it was made public is to believe that Hartup’s cell phone was hacked by someone who wanted to undermine Macejko’s credibility. It is noteworthy that Hartup has hired a lawyer.

Mayor Sammarone isn’t going to jeopardize the city’s reputation or financial well being by protecting Macejko. If the investigation shows that the city prosecutor either sent the anti-Obama text message or received it and did nothing about it, he will be fired. The only question is whether all this will come to a head before the March 6 primary.


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1Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Mayor, all you need to do is contact your city lawyers, The sealing of the documents does not apply to them, Your City and Your City prosecutor are defendants. There is no reason to delay your decision.

http://sites.google.com/site/billweav...

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2crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Billweaver,
what a wealth of information you have provided in the link. More people should read this, unbelievable!!!! and this guy wants to be the county prosecutor? If people vote for him, we will surely be stepping back two centuries, where discrimination was alive and well. But then, I believe it IS ALIVE and well in this valley..

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3johnyoung(238 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I hear that the Betras law firm is looking for a manager of electronic communication. Possibly this could be Macejko's next career stop after he is fired by the city.

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4praxis95(51 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Billweaver's wed site contains only the court filings of the plaintiffs. Where are the defendants responses? The complaint and documents filed in support of that complaint are not proven facts, they are allegations. They remain allegations until proven in a court of law by admissible facts, non of the allegations have or will be proven, b/c the case settled.
Ask yourself this, if the case was the slam dunk that Mr. Gains and his supporters believe it to be then why did the case settle for such a small amount?
As for you Mr deSouza please explain how the text content is racist. The assumptions you must make to label it as racist our false. Our is it that you really do not care about the truth or any type of critical analysis, but only about scoring political points for Mr. Gains.

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5Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Praxis,
" judgment that resulted in Ally’s being paid $110,000 and given a $4,000 raise." I don't know where you live but in Mahoning county that is not a small sum of money. The web site contains evidence that Macejko is a racist. Maybe on your planet you comprehend it different, but is was enough evidence to get a JUDGEMENT against the city of Youngstown.

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6johnyoung(238 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Praxis 95:

Two responses to the lawyerly spin you have proffered:

1) The documents speak for themselves. To conclude the documents do not constitute racism, harassment, and improper administrative behavior on Macejko's part, one must dismiss the documents as falsely submitted or fraudulent. I have not heard that alleged in the context of the lawsuit, only by Macejko in regard to the text messages after the fact when they became public knowledge. An obvious disingenuous attempt to save face. If in fact the plaintiff's documents were unauthentic, they would have been vetted as such during the discovery process, and the city would not have agreed to the settlement.

2) Most reasonable people would not call $110,000 plus $50,000 for outside counsel plus a $4,000 annual raise for the remainder of Mr. Ally's career with the city of Youngstown a 'small sum of money' per your characterization. In an attempt to minimize the bleeding, it sounds though Ally was being gracious with his acceptance. Trust me, insurance companies, in today's market, do not throw money around freely. If they thought for one minute there was a legitimate chance for a victory, the case would have gone forward.

The most disturbing fact about this whole unfortunate mess is that someone of Macejko's stature will not take responsibility for his errors and be considerate enough of the people to step aside. Instead, he attempts every 'word-smithing' angle possible to try to deceive the voters. By doing so, he has lost all credibility in the community. Not only will he be relieved of his city prosecutor duties, but he will also be removed from his position with the Mill Creek MetroParks board, and rightfully so!

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7Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Johnyoung,
To Praxis, your post has no substance whatsoever, The documents I provide are public record, if you have Documented evidence showing the innocence of the Defendant Macejko and the city of Youngstown then provide them, otherwise your post to me is void.

http://sites.google.com/site/billweav...

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8Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Vindicator should do some investigative reporting.Bassil Ally case # 4:09-cv-01144-cab
Doc # 210 filed 02/29/12 1-7 pages Phone text-( Jay personal )
look at page 4 has Obama stimulus..
But really look at page 3- about 9 lines down in reference to the Cafaro corp. - yet Jay denies having any interest in Cafaro's Business.

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9Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Read the Text messages on the link below.

https://sites.google.com/site/billwea...

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10RetiredCapt_(3 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

County Prosecuter Gains did a great closing statement with his last commercial. And the verdict is in GAINS RE-ELECTED.
AND Mayor Sammarone is a no-nonsense guy and will remove Jay as prosecutor. CASE CLOSED

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11vinglass(223 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure the Cafaro Corruption Machine has a dog in this fight, and it must be Jay.

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12Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

"If the investigation shows that the city prosecutor either sent the anti-Obama text message or received it and did nothing about it, he will be fired. "

Bertram, is that a "quote" from Sammarone? Or your perception on what will happen?

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