Ohio Citizens Grand Jury Blog

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He who has the gold enforces the rules

Part 4 In OCGJ’s last two posts we dove a little deeper into political class lawbreakers who received nominal sentences inconsistent with their crimes and way less than those dished out to the citizen class disconnected from influence and financial...

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The Golden Rule of politics (Part 1)

Today OCGJ begins another multi-part series covering our two-tiered system of justice, one for the political class and the other for the rest of us.  A distinguished defense acquisition executive once characterized the defense acquisition process as being held hostage...

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Freedom is not free unless…..

OCGJ just finished a 7-part series on Congressman Dave Hobson’s ubiquitous excursions into the private real estate market, some of them bypassing the law and campaign finance rules mandating public disclosure.  Dave Hobson also has his name (literally) on many...

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Dave Hobson, part time Congressman…..

…..full time real estate tycoon (Part 7) For the past several weeks OCGJ has focused on Dave Hobson’s “under the radar” excursions into real estate transactions related to earmarks and special favors he delivered not only to his closest political...

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Dave Hobson, part time Congressman…..

…..full time real estate tycoon (Part 6) This week we’ll continue with three more of Dave Hobson’s and Steve Austria’s “A-list” campaign contributors who are more or less related to Dave Hobson’s secretive real estate transactions. OCGJ considered a fourth...

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Dave Hobson, part time Congressman…..

…..full time real estate tycoon (Part 5)  The purpose of disclosing campaign contributions is to give the citizens visibility into any real or apparent conflicts of interest with our public servants.  Although every contribution has a story behind it, today...

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Dave Hobson, part time Congressman…..

…..full time real estate tycoon (Part 4)  To continue with our 6-part series highlighting Dave Hobson’s frequent but clandestine involvement in real estate connected to earmarks engineered for his political class cronies, OCGJ will take a closer look into campaign...