The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, July 22, 2005
Light shed on Cleveland Plain Dealer mystery
CJR helps us with our puzzlement (July 10) by directing us to a piece in the (hitherto unknown to me) Cleveland Scene
One of the two stories the Plain Dealer had under wraps came from an FBI affidavit seeking a wire-tap on ex-Mayor of Cleveland, Michael R White.
Now, Ohio has been something of a by-word for Dem accusations of dirty dealings, what with those Diebold machines, and Coingate and all.
White, be it noted was a Democrat. And, if it's relevant, black. (And, this being the US, it's always relevant.)
According to the FBI affidavit, White was running quite a racket, extorting money from city contractors.
Of course, for a wire-tap, all you need is probable cause. Rather than balance of probabilities to make a civil suit stick; or proof beyond a reasonable doubt to land a criminal charge.
The Scene's theory is that the Feds are waiting for bagman Nathaniel Gray to be convicted and facing a good long stretch in the hoosegow, whereupon they will make him a very tempting offer.
It also refers to Cleveland's corruption as legendary.
Illinois we know to be a state where corruption knows no distinction of party - it seems that Ohio, too, is bipartisanly wide open.
(Just down the road, in East Cleveland, Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor has been convicted on various charges of racketeering and corruption .
The guy, it seems, used to be a Democrat, but switched to Republican!)
All rather puts Tom DeLay's little TRMPAC angle in the shade...
There are more McMonagles returned by a search on McMonagle "east cleveland" than you could shake a stick at. And several of them carry the title of 'judge'.
On the list of results for the November 2004 election in Cuyahoga County - home of a million Democratic sob stories (or so it appeared) two Judge McMonagles appear: Christine McMonagle was returned unopposed as judge for the 8th District Court of Appeals; and Timothy McMonagle for the Common Pleas Court.
(This Nation piece from 1969 features a Judge George J McMonagle. There is also record from 2004 of a Judge Richard McMonagle in the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court.)
Now, the frequent occurence of an uncommon surname (it's ranked 19,044th on the 1990 Census list) in a single location in a single job category is, in itself, not proof of corruption. Even where that location seems singularly prone to - corruption.
Perhaps the statute of limitations has run out on any Federal or Ohio crimes that Judge Timothy McMonagle and Saratha Goggins may have committed two decades ago.
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