He who has the gold enforces the rules (2)
In our last post OCGJ introduced you to the “Golden Rule of Politics,” or “He who has the gold makes the rules.” The political class takes it one step further by controlling the process that enforces the rules as well. It’s no secret attorneys and judges, corrupt and otherwise, have taken control of the political and economic landscape on a global scale. They have developed and executed an elegant check and balance system to not only guarantee sustained control of the political process, especially the process that determines where our tax dollars are spent, but as a sidebar have created a vehicle to protect insider cronies from being held accountable to the laws the political class creates. As we addressed in our inaugural post, Monte Zinn may serve as poster boy for the graft and corruption that rarely sees the light of day because his friends in the political class do not want to make it so.
Although we always knew in our hearts and minds that human trafficking has a direct link to illegal immigration, the Monte Zinn case brought it out into the bright sunshine. If the citizen class can sort that out you can be sure the political class broke the code long ago. Despite pushback by a few journalists and OCGJ, the outrageous Monte Zinn plea bargain languished in the shadows for more than 15 years, but in February 2013 again reared its ugly head.
According to Tiffany Latta at the Springfield News Sun, in February 2013 the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Identification (BCID) and Clark County Sherriff’s Office searched Monte Zinn’s home and Zinn Automotive Consulting office. Shortly after the search, Clark County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Clapper sealed for 30 days the search warrant issued on Zinn’s home and business properties. A month later he again sealed the warrant indefinitely. OCGJ contacted Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson, but he has not returned our call. Nearly 15 months later it looks as though the documentation on the Ohio BCID investigation is still under wraps. But here is what we do know according to Springfield News Sun reporter Tiffany Latta in this article and others published between February 25th and April 4th, 2013.
- In 1996 Monte Zinn pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge and falsifying information to help at least a dozen teenage boys from Fiji enter the U.S illegally to work in his dealerships. Zinn was sentenced to two years’ probation, a $1500 fine, 100 hours of community service, and not travel to Fiji or sponsor students from Fiji. The maximum penalty for the immigration felony is a $250,000 fine and five years in prison, not to mention the human trafficking allegations.
- Young Life, a Christian ministry with outreach programs for high school, middle school and college students was included in the search warrant as they had offices at the same location as Zinn’s Automotive Consulting business. Prompted by the investigation, Young Life moved their offices.
- In March 2013, Zinn resigned from the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs council.
- As late as November 2011 Monte Zinn chaired the Youth Exchange Program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Springfield.
Recall in OCGJ’s post on January 1, 2014 the same Clark County Prosecutor (Stephen A. Schumaker), the same Clark County Common Pleas Court, the same U.S. District Court and the same U.S. Attorney’s office (Southern District of Ohio) sentenced Dennis Anuszewski to 10 years in prison for downloading child pornography on his personal computer. To make a long story short, convicted felon Monte Zinn gets his life back with a “slap-on-the-wrist” plea bargain, but Anuszewski gets 10 years hard time. And then the Springfield political class turns a blind eye to Zinn taking on leadership positions in at least three youth programs when law enforcement probably had a compelling case to register him as a sex offender.
We may never know if Monte Zinn’s plea bargain and ridiculously light sentence was worth the risk of releasing a convicted felon back into society…..only a full release of Judge Capper’s sealed search warrant will answer that question. But in any case, this does not look good for law enforcement or the courts at the local, state and federal levels as it appears they may have put at risk the safety and security of the citizen class by allowing a convicted felon like Monte Zinn back on the street.