Retired media hack Tom Meyer made a career out of conducting so-called "investigations" of African American elected officials almost exclusively. Meyer retired from WKYC before it was revealed that the station was represented by the same "Squire Patton & Boggs" law firm that has offices in Moscow and serves the Kremlin.

Mason hacking wife to death was like Theo Huxtable being accused of murder

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH – Ex-Judge Lance Mason stabbed his ex-wife in the neck early on November 17th and texted a friend  to tell her he was contacting his attorney, Fernando Mack, to surrender to police.  The ex-judge was at his ex-wife’s home at 17611 Chagrin Boulevard when he stabbed her to death in front of their two children and left in a panic; hitting a police officer as he drove away.

Ex-Judge Lance Mason was described as controlling during his marriage to Aisha Fraser.

The friend said Mason had been working to rebuild his life since his release from prison in June 2016. 

Both Mason’s parent’s died before his incarceration.  His brother, Lauren, died while he was in prison.

After his release Mayor Frank Jackson hired him to work in an administrative support job in the city’s minority business department in August 2017.  He was suspended indefinitely from practicing law by the Supreme Court of Ohio in December 2017.

Lance Mason injured himself and a Shaker Heights police officer when he crashed into a public safety vehicle after leaving the home where’d murdered his wife and left their two children with her bloodied and mutilated body.

The friend said Mason had created an online chocolate company that was beginning to become a real enterprise.  But he was unhappy because of his separation from his family.  The couple had previously created a chocolate company called “Aubrey’s Chocolate Shop” named after their daughter.

The friend said Mason’s mother-in-law, Millicent Lee, wanted her daughter, Aisha Fraser-Mason, his former wife, to have nothing to do with him.  Aisha, however, had become a bit more conciliatory towards her former husband and had extended his visitations with the children beyond the limits authorized by court order.  She wasn’t, however, planning to remarry him.

Mason had violently beaten Aisha in August 2014 in their SUV while he was driving near Shaker Square.  An RTA passenger exited the train, saw his attack and called police.  Mason’s fists caved in his pretty wife’s face; and he did it in front of their two children seated in the back seat.

Khalid Samad, a Cleveland activist and friend of Mason’s, told EJBNEWS he saw police surrounding Aisha’s home where the couple once lived together; and didn’t connect the yellow tape to the people he knew.  Samad said he stopped and learned from police he knew that Mason had murdered his wife.

Samad described the crime scene as brutally-bloody and wondered just how much damage the ex-judge had done to his ex-wife.

“This thing is horrific” the activist who’d been to dozens of similar crime scenes said of this one.  “I’ve never seen this much blood before.”

Aisha Mason was murdered by her ex-husband in her home at 17611 Chagrin Boulevard.

Samad said Aisha’s mother, Millicent, arrived at her daughter’s home on a cane surrounded by other members of their family.  The emotions, he said, were heart-rendering.  The traumatized children, he said, were in police custody.

After his release from prison Mason was hounded by reporters like Tom Meyer of WKYC.  Meyer and reporters like’s Mark Naymik have reputations for targeting black elected officials like Mason for especially close public scrutiny while ignoring similar acts committed by white elected officials.  The ex-judge, state senator and son of a prominent physician and real estate agent was a rising political star; and at one time the only black male on the Cuyahoga County’s court of common pleas.  

As a judge he was viewed as fair-minded.  Some saw him as a possible candidate for the 11th Congressional District.  It’s why news of his assault on Aisha in 2014 shocked Cleveland’s black community.

“The Mason’s were the Cosby family and this is like learning that Theo Huxtable killed his wife,” said Chase Brewer.  

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.