Jerome Ogletree did not murder Jazmine Trotter and judge over case has his own legal problems

Cops humiliated after Ashley Lesyeski's body was found while Ogletree was behind bars and another suspect turns out to be a dud

Both of these American citizens, Jerome Ogletree (left) and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Elba Jackson may have violated laws, but one is being judged by the other. Ogletree was wrongly accused by Cleveland cops of murdering Jazmine Trotter now he's in jail on drug charges. Judge Jackson violated Ohio's campaign finance reporting laws and was prohibited from taking office by a general law of this state that he has a duty to enforce. Which of the alleged offender's crimes are worse?  The low-level drug dealer or the judge who'll receive over $700,000 in six years and illegally preside over 8000 foreclosure, civil and criminal cases that strips property owners of their homes and sends petty offenders like Ogletree to prison while he remains free to judge others?  Cuyahoga County reeks of unchecked corruption at all levels.  Voters need to know who they're electing and what these self-dealing and corrupt individuals are doing in the courts that the people control.  See you at the Disciplinary Counsel Judge Jackson and at the next election or before if the Supreme Court Judges don't hold you accountable.  And to the Supreme Court of Ohio's Judges, we elect you too.  Informed and empowered voters are a good politician's best friend and bad one's worst nightmare.

Both of these American citizens, Jerome Ogletree (left) and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Elba Jackson may have violated laws, but one is being judged by the other. Ogletree was wrongly accused by Cleveland cops of murdering Jazmine Trotter now he’s in jail on drug charges. Judge Jackson violated Ohio’s campaign finance reporting laws and was prohibited from taking office by a general law of this state that he has a duty to enforce. Which of the alleged offender’s crimes are worse? The low-level drug dealer or the judge who’ll receive over $700,000 in six years and illegally preside over 8000 foreclosure, civil and criminal cases that strips property owners of their homes and sends petty offenders like Ogletree to prison while he remains free to judge others? Cuyahoga County reeks of unchecked corruption at all levels. Voters need to know who they’re electing and what these self-dealing and corrupt individuals are doing in the courts that the people control. See you at the Disciplinary Counsel Judge Jackson and at the next election or before if the Supreme Court Judges don’t hold you accountable. And to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judges, voters elect you too. Informed and empowered voters are a good politician’s best friend and bad one’s worst nightmare.

CLEVELAND, OH – Jerome Ogletree’s arrest for the murder of 21 year old Jazmine Trotter made big headlines when Cleveland cops made him suspect number one and got a $1 million bond against him.

Ogletree’s story didn’t make the same headlines last month when cops and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty were forced to face facts that the guy they’d held for 47 days without a lawyer wasn’t the killer.  The majority of greater Clevelanders still believe detectives got the right man.

Ogletree was released and sent home, but was only out for a day after he posted a $5000 bond, reported to his probation officer and found himself re-incarcerated, according to his court assigned attorney, Robert Dixon.

Cops got McGinty to bring drug charges against him that had nothing to do with the reason they secured a warrant for Ogletree’s arrest and authorization to search his home on April 2 in connection with Trotter’s murder.  He’d only been out of prison since March 14, 2011 for less than two years when he was arrested on suspicion of Trotter’s murder after doing five  at Lake Erie Correctional Institute.

No evidence linked Jerome Ogletree to either Jazmine Trotter's (right) murder or that of Christine Malone.  The suspect in Malone's death was also released.

No evidence linked Jerome Ogletree to either Jazmine Trotter’s (right) murder or that of Christine Malone. The suspect in Malone’s death was also released.

Judge Nancy Fuerst accepted a “motion to terminate” from McGinty but wrote in her order that “the state reserves the right to refile these and any other charges.”

Like many defendants who are held in police custody, Ogletree – after his arrest and constitutionally-troublesome 47 day detention – was not represented by legal counsel.  U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder has criticized the nation’s judges and courts for routinely violating the 6th Amendment rights of indigent American criminal defendants.

Now Ogletree’s back in jail and his case is being heard by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Elba Jackson.  Online records uploaded by the Board of Elections show Jackson may be holding office illegally.

Section 3517.11(D) of Ohio’s Revised Code prevented Jackson from “entering upon the performance of the duties of the office” of judge until after he “fully complied” with campaign finance reporting deadlines of 12 days before and 38 days after primary and general elections. Jackson’s reports were turned in more than a month after he took office, as he and his campaign committee totally ignored the state-mandated filing deadlines.

Despite Jackson’s possibly illegal involvement with Ogletree’s criminal trial, the alleged DNA evidence that cops claimed connected him to Trotter was discredited during his 47 day incarceration.  It’s now glaringly apparent that they wasted time concentrating their investigative energies on him instead of looking for someone else.

The late spokesman for Cuyahoga County’s Medical Examiner, Powell Ceasar, told this author he was concerned the DNA from Trotter may have been planted onto Ogletree, and suggested that a public records request be made for information about it.  It’s the same accusation attorney Brett Mancino leveled at Cleveland cops when he defended Daniel Hines in the Shakira Johnson murder trial in 2005.

Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson’s administrator, Hugh Shannon, told Cleveland Challenger in writing that DNA records were not public according to Ohio Revised Code 149.43.  Like Ogletree, Cleveland cops rushed to convict Hines before Johnson’s body was even found.

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