RECENTLY, THE BLOGGER POINTED OUT THAT IN 1982 JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR GRANTED JAY MUTTER, A MAJOR, MULTI-KILO COCAINE TRAFFICKER, A SWEETHEART DEAL BY PERMITTING HIM TO ENROLL IN A PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM. THE TERMS OF MUTTER'S PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM REQUIRED THAT HE NOT BE CAUGHT DEALING DOPE WITHIN ONE YEAR AND ALL OF HIS DOPE-DEALING TRANSGRESSIONS WOULD BE FORGIVEN AND FORGOTTEN, THIS IN THE SAME YEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DECLARED A WAR ON DRUGS.
APPARENTLY, THE NEWS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION WAS SLOW TO TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. TO MEDINA COUNTY.
MUTTER'S SWEETHEART DEAL WAS NOT A ONE-TIME THING.
LET'S LOOK AT A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE FROM MAY 1, 1988 PERTAINING TO CORRUPTION IN THE MEDINA COUNTY "JUSTUS" SYSTEM, FOUND AT http://www.upi.com/Archives/1988/05/01/Ex-commissioner-faces-murder-trial/4448578462400/
MEDINA, Ohio -- A former county commissioner Sunday faced trial in the 1976 murder of his secretary, who had filed rape charges against him, in a case prosecutors said was botched and covered up because of the man's powerful family.
Jury selection starts Monday in the case against Mark Whitfield, whose trial is being heard by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge James McMonagle because of allegations of extensive corruption in the county's criminal justice system.
Whitfield, a former Medina County commissioner, was indicted Dec. 16 on murder charges in the Aug. 23, 1976, death of Pamela Terrill, his secretary, who was found hanging from a hook in her closet with Scotch tape covering her mouth, nose and one eyes.
Whitfield is the son of Neil Whitfield, for many years a Common Pleas judge himself and a powerful force in Medina County political circles.
In pretrial documents, special prosecutor Peter Hull accused local authorities of botching the investigation -- both unwittingly and deliberately.
Medina police undertook three investigations into Terrill's death and all evidence pointed to Whitfield as the prime suspect. But police never took a formal statement from him and made no attempt to verify his alibi that he was attending a party the night Terrill died. He has since changed the alibi.
A week before she died, Terrill filed rape charges against Whitfield but the case was never pursued and was only mentioned in passing in reports filed by city police detectives, Hull said.
The county coroner, Dr. Andrew Karson, initially ruled the death a suicide but he later changed the ruling to 'undetermined' under pressure from Terrill's family.
One of the investigations of Whitfield began after he was arrested while stalking a women bank teller during the day. He was wearing a dress and he reportedly told the teller his actions were 'just a thrill.' No charges were filed.
Some county residents were upset over the Terrill case, with one writing an anonymous letter to a police detective calling Whitfield a 'transvestite murderer ... who has had his deed covered up by many town officials.'
The defense has indicated that it may attempt to prove Terrill died of sexual strangulation, in which a person achieves sexual gratification by cutting off the air supply with a brief hanging.
The prosecution, meanwhile, has subpoenaed a dress designer in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood who told The Plain Dealer last year she took Whitfield's measurements in August 1986, when he asked her to design a $300 gold-and-copper sheath dress, slit to the knees.
At the time, she said, Whitfield asked her to call him 'Pam.' [as in "Pamela Terrill]
Police mistakes were many in the Terrill case, Hull said. In addition to failing to seal off Terrill's bedroom, police never never dusted the room for fingerprints and no forensic tests were done on the scarf or the tape covering Terrill's face.
Police reports show detectives allowed the death scene to be trampled by sightseers and police destroyed several key pieces of evidence, including the scarf found tied around Terrill's neck.
Her body was embalmed before the autopsy, eliminating the possiblity of any toxicology tests.
The Ohio Supreme Court finally assigned a special prosecutor after The Plain Dealer in Cleveland published a August 1986 series detailing the allegations.
Whitfield also has changed his alibi. Last week, he said he was with his father the entire night of Aug. 22, 1976, and the next morning, apparently contradicting earlier claims he was at a party.THINGS HAVE ONLY DEVOLVED FURTHER IN THE MEDINA COUNTY "JUSTUS" SYSTEM.
IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THE FAMILY OF MURDERED LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE BRYON MACRON FEARS THAT THEY WILL NEVER RECEIVE ANY JUSTICE, GIVEN THE PERSISTENT AND COMPLETE LACK OF INTEGRITY IN THE MEDINA COUNTY "JUSTUS" SYSTEM?
MAY GOD SAVE US ALL FROM THESE CORRUPT "PUBLIC OFFICIALS" LIKE ILLEGITIMATE, PHILANDERING "jUDGE WEASELPECKER" COLLIER!