Four More Guilty Pleas Entered in County Corruption Case

Four more people entered guilty pleas in federal court Friday, admitting they paid bribes in exchange for public contracts. Full Story
Margie Draiss

Brunswick, OH

#1 Jul 2, 2010
How sad is this? What ever happened to good old fashioned honestly?
B James

Vermilion, OH

#2 Jul 2, 2010
In all these convictions how much money has been ordered to be repaid to the taxpayers due to this corruption? And what about the big fat-cats that are still strutting around getting time to find some loopholes to get out of the whole mess?
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#3 Jul 2, 2010
Margie Draiss wrote:
How sad is this? What ever happened to good old fashioned honestly?
Honesty in politics? LOL Seriously, everybody talks about networking and it's not what you know but who you know. That's what politics is. Grease some pockets. Get some contracts. Kickbacks. It goes on everywhere and once in awhile they make examples.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#4 Jul 2, 2010
Funny they choose to do this on the eve of a holiday weekend to minimize the media exposure.

Please note these are all people associated with democrats.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#5 Jul 2, 2010
I do hope this spreads like a wildfire here in Maple Heights. There has been a lot of suspicious activity with our elected officials that just doesn't make sense. Why would the city elect to hassle citizens with these idiotic building codes and intrusions on landlords and renters that border fourth amendment violations??? Somebody has to be benefiting somehow, and it sure as hell are not the citizens of Maple Heights. If your mailman can't deliver mail without the risk of being gunned down in the street, why waste taxpayer money on new swimming pools and schools????

I anxiously await further indictments on current and past legislatures that brought this city down, and wasted our tax dollars. God Bless the FBI. Keep moving forward.:--))
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#6 Jul 3, 2010
I have no doubt they are following the money trail. Somebody must have some buddies in construction. I wonder who is getting a lot of the business to bring things up to code around here. I can't wait until they catch more of these crooks.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#7 Jul 3, 2010
Here's the kicker: if you need to have work to your home done because of city harassment, you can only choose contractors from a list that city provides. If you have a particular contractor that is not on the list, the contractor must register with the city for a fee which you will end up paying in the long run. So most people just find a contractor that is already registered with the city of Maple Heights.

Some scam........ huh?
kacey

Cleveland, OH

#8 Jul 3, 2010
keep turning over those rocks becuase there are many more to be found...
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#9 Jul 3, 2010
Come on xxx man, that is a list for your benefit. The thoughtful people running this city put the list together for you so you don't have to do the legwork. It was really nice of them. They wouldn't want you getting ripped off or having sub-par work done.

Well at least that is the story I would tell the Feds if I were them. LOL
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#10 Jul 3, 2010
Yeah. Like they are inspecting my apartments for my own good. If these are my friends, then I don't need any friends. First time they went through here they chased away two long time tenants and it cost me over $8,000 for their stupid updates and repairs. I hope they all end up in jail.
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#11 Jul 3, 2010
I don't see how you landlords didn't start a group or something to fight this. Seems like you guys could have made a lot of noise.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#12 Jul 4, 2010
That may be in the future. I'm thinking of starting one myself. But like anything else, it's time consuming and difficult for a working person. My plan is to contact people placing ads on the internet and newspapers looking for tenants, and then forming a Political Action Committee of sorts. But I want to wait until six months or so before the next Mayoral election to get started. If we can have an impact on that election, it will put fear into the Council members that are for these idiotic laws.

They want to have inspections every three years at the minimum whether somebody lives in these units or not. The next one due for that inspection is a couple that will do just about anything for money. So I may offer them a free months rent to sue the city for violating their Forth Amendment rights of illegal search and seizure. The ACLU told me I would have a better case if I could get one of my tenants to do that instead of me suing them on my behalf since there are stipulations whether my rights were violated for them searching an apartment that I rent out. My past tenants didn't want to have anything to do with something like that. But I believe these people will. It won't solve all my problems with the city, but at least it would stop them from entering occupied rental units and chasing people out.
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#13 Jul 4, 2010
I thought if your tenants stood up for their rights the city will fine you, the landlord. If you get your tenants not to let them in the city will come after you, so you won't you be forced to file suit with your tenants? If that's you plan good luck, since you and the tenant will be working together you might have a chance.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#14 Jul 4, 2010
When my last tenants refused the inspection, I told the city about it, and the building department said it would fall back on me since as a landlord, I can enter their apartment with proper notice at any time. They said that if the tenant still refused to let me in with the city inspectors, I should throw them out. Right. Throw out an 80 year old and 65 year old ladies.

But in a way, that's ammo in my gun because as you stated, the city threatened me. You can't sue for a Constitutional violation until your rights are violated first. So what I have to do is let the city inspect the apartment, and then my tenants can sue for a Forth Amendment violation, so the city has nothing to come back to me on. If they state I gave permission, they only had it under protest which means the city still forcibly entered that apartment against the will of myself and my tenants.

Actually, any tenant can file this claim against the city, but who wants to? People would rather give in or move out of Maple Heights before they open up that can of worms. But as I said, this couple will do anything for extra money, and they are feisty. I once heard a call on the scanner about them. What happened is they were walking their dogs down the street, and somebody threw an empty pop can out of the car window. They yelled at the young adults to pick it up, and that started a problem. They didn't care. These are very vocal people. Besides, there may be a monetary settlement out of this for them, but I don't know for sure. I will contact a lawyer before we do this to find out. And if so, the city may be liable for every person who had their Constitutional rights violated. They will have to make that next swimming pool a little smaller. LOL!
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#15 Jul 4, 2010
I'm pretty sure once you let them in you give up your rights. You can complain all you want, but once you let them in it's a done deal. You have to refuse them entry. Period. There is no other way. Consent is the issue.

If they have your backing, it might just work. Most landlords don't want to eat the fines. I doubt Maple Heights has even faced a landlord and tenant that has stuck together on this issue.

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