For several weeks one of our freelance journalists has worked on an investigative report of corruption in Defiance county, Ohio.
Residents of Defiance county who feel they may have been a victim of corrupt law enforcement or other public servants are being invited to come forward with their concerns.
We are asking anyone who feels they have been wrongfully arrested and/or criminally charged, or other legitimate complaints in Defiance county to contact us with their concerns. Continue reading for more details.
As stated earlier, a freelance journalist whom we often work with is working on an investigative report. Media Defiance had contacted them for help, as one of our own has got himself caught in their web. In response, we learned that they were busy with a report of possible corruption in our home area.
This, of course, peaked our interest. After an interview with the journalist and our defendant, we are choosing to offer full assistance.
At this time Media Defiance is committing and expanding our resources to this issue. We have found enough legitimate cause and reason for concern to do what we can to help expose these violations against citizens.
Every complaint we receive with legitimate concerns of violations will be forwarded to our journalists. From there they will look further into each case and add them to our list. Below is an excerpt of our interview with examples of what we are looking into.
UPDATE: We have created a gofundme to help the victims, please donate and share if you can.
After he had contacted me and offered to pay some of my cost, I thought I would take a quick look into his concern. It didn’t take long for me to find clear violations of this man’s rights. So I decided to look into a few other cases. To my surprise, after looking at 5 cases, 3 of them had obvious violations. All 3 involved the Defiance county sheriff’s office as well as the prosecutor’s office.
Not only is he somebody I have worked with, but also I am a journalist. I can’t just look the other way after knowing and still call myself a journalist.
At this time I am looking at a few domestic violence cases specifically and watching how these particular cases play out. The high volume of these cases going through the court is a cause for concern, considering many of them are looking like false claims by “authorities.”
The citizens of this community have a right to know what is happening with their elected officials, and they have a right to enjoy their freedom without the interference of corrupt officials who are trying to make criminals of everyone.
As profitable as it may be, it’s not only about money. There are other factors to consider, such as loss of rights. Most of these cases end with several years of probation and going through other invasive programs. Many of them ending with a loss of 2A rights.
In other words, the government is making excuses to take away your rights, particularly your second amendment rights. And in Defiance, those rights are not being upheld by anyone sworn to protect them.
Obviously the prosecutor certainly would not want these cases going to a jury trial. Strangely enough, the lawyers seem to be afraid of going to trial as well. There is no way any jury would be presented any of this evidence and still find the defendant guilty. But still in the end the lawyer will talk the defendant into taking a plea deal and try to scare him away from trial.
That’s business as usual in Defiance county. If you look at the history of cases, thats how the majority play out. People are hiring local lawyers and walking away with the same shitty deal as the people using court appointed counsel. Many times the lawyers they are paying are the same appointed by the court.
If any of these defendants had hired a lawyer farther away with no business dealings in Defiance, their cases would already be thrown out. It might cost a bit more, but in the end it will likely cost less. In a case like one of these, their attorney would make one or two trips to Defiance and be done.
Take a look just a few counties away. Defendants are paying lawyers half as much and walking away with better deals. Many of them actually guilty of the crime. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, in fact it makes no sense at all. Anyone fresh out of law school could set up shop and make a name for themselves by the end of the week.
There is definitely reasonable speculation of lawyer involvement with the crime syndicate operating in Defiance, Ohio.
We are currently working on detailed reports of these cases and updated stories will be published through our outlets as well as local media.
One defendant is working on his report and has already agreed to be named and says he will be naming each public official cooperating against his rights.
Currently, we are also working to help some of these defendants by pointing them in the right direction for recourse. Also we are creating a gofundme, as at least one of these victims of the State are about to lose everything they have. We want to help raise funds to help this person afford the high cost of legal fees as well as keep them from losing their home.
We will post an update to this page when a funding source has been created. it is estimated that a good civil rights attorney could cost up to $60,000. We ask anyone able to donate any amount for the cause to please do so as well as help us share this important cause which the system will surely try to sweep under the rug.
More detailed reports coming soon.
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