Author: John Mitchel

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Defendant friendly Mike DeWine

Of course Mike DeWine doesn’t treat all those accused of a crime like friends and family, but when he does they normally receive a “get-out-of-jail-free” card.  Former Marine Michael Brelo isn’t that lucky.  But before we begin, we want to...

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A tale of two fall guys (Part 2)

In our last post OCGJ compared the transgressions and sentencing of rogue Athens County (Ohio) sheriff, Pat Kelly to another criminal, former Greene County Treasurer, James Schmidt.  After years of causing embarrassment to the political class, Kelly was prosecuted and...

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A tale of two fall guys (Part 1)

Once in a while a political class insider takes a hard fall.   Today we’ll take a close look at fall guy number one, former Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly. Last week visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced Kelly to 7 years...

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Three-tiered justice

We often hear about our “two tiered” justice system; one tier for the citizens and another for political class insiders.  Actually there’s a third tier carved out especially for adversaries of powerful elitists.  That third tier has two subgroups; whistleblowers...

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Perfect crimes for perfect criminals

There are four elements of a perfect crime; (1) motive, (2) opportunity, (3) the criminal act itself, and of course a crime wouldn’t be perfect unless the perpetrator escaped meaningful consequences; hence (4) the cover-up. If the definition of perfect...

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Government mandates suicide prevention

Anything we do to reduce college suicides can’t be a bad move, but at the same time when our elected leaders pass a law like House Bill (HB) 28 that “seeks to stop college suicides,”(1) it’s fair for citizens to...

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Darwinian justice

In Charles Darwin’s world, no matter your position in the food chain, your next meal not to mention your survival depended on speed, agility and cunning.  Whether or not you buy into Darwin’s version of evolution and/or natural selection, the...

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The war on human trafficking

The Feds, Ohio and other states have doubled down on addressing human trafficking, a longtime but growing scourge that mostly affects vulnerable children and women.  Law enforcement and the courts have declared a virtual war on human traffickers, but are...

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What happened to Bill Schenck?

More than a year ago Bill Schenck, former Greene County Prosecutor embarrassed himself and his employer, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a police cam video taken shortly before his arrest for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI).  If you ask those who know...

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Ohio political class forms another jobs panel

For a half century or longer presidents, Congress and the Department of Defense (DoD) have been nipping at the edges of defense acquisition reform.  Many of us who have participated in managing federal programs and budgets would agree the process...