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Johnson appeals the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend him from council based on a legally-unsupported request from David Yost to judges who appear not to have read the law

CLEVELAND, OH – On May 19, 2021, Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson filed a “notice of intent to appeal” the April 20, 2021 ruling of the Supreme Court of Ohio removing him from discharging the duties of the public office to which he was elected.  It’s a story that won’t be found in the Plain Dealer or cleveland.com because the basis of Johnson’s appeal begins to unravel facts laid out in a series of 17-stories written by former reporter Mark Naymik and repeated in part in an indictment sought by the United States Attorneys office for the Northern District of Ohio.  Naymik now works for WKYC.

Attorney Myron Watson has filed an appeal of Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson’s suspension from discharging the duties of the office to which he was elected.

Promoting facts that contradict lies that Johnson’s monthly council expense account comes from federal “block grant” funds isn’t on their agenda.  The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com want Johnson to “appear” guilty as he heads towards a July 19, 2021 federal trial date.

It’s also not on the Russian-owned news media organization’s agenda to expose Republican Ohio Attorney General David Yost’s incompetence for seeking Johnson’s suspension in violation of Section 3.16 of the Revised Code of Ohio.   The three retired judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio obviously didn’t ask Yost assistant state attorney general Julie Pfeiffer if she understood the plain English language of R.C. 3.16.  The larger question is did Judges Guy L. Reece, II, Joseph Gibson and L. Alan Goldsberry read it themselves?

(B)(1) If a public official is charged with a felony in a state or federal court and if the attorney general, if the attorney general is prosecuting the case, or prosecuting attorney with responsibility to prosecute the case determines that the felony relates to the public official’s administration of, or conduct in the performance of the duties of, the office of the public official, the attorney general, if the attorney general is prosecuting the case, or prosecuting attorney with responsibility to prosecute the case shall transmit a copy of the charging document to the chief justice of the supreme court with a request that the chief justice proceed as provided in division (C) of this section. If the attorney general or the prosecuting attorney transmits a copy of the charging document to the chief justice, a copy also shall be sent to the attorney general if the prosecuting attorney transmits the copy to the chief justice or to the prosecuting attorney of the county in which the public official holds office if the attorney general transmits the copy to the chief justice.

Had Judges Joseph Gibson, Guy Reece, II and L. Alan Goldsberry read R.C. 3.16 they should have asked assistant “state” Attorney General Julie Pfeiffer to explain why the state attorney general was usurping and obstructing the authority of the federal attorney general by seeking Kenneth Johnson’s suspension from discharging the duties of Ward 4’s councilmember.

It’s acting U.S. Attorney Bridgette M. Brennan and not State Attorney Yost who sought an indictment from a “federal” grand jury against Johnson on February 18, 2021.  So on the surface the statutory language that disqualified Yost’s office for presenting the case – whether either side raised the issue or not – are found in the statute above no one appears to have read.  This applies, particularly, to Pfeiffer who appears to have violated Civil Rule 11 when she signed it.

“(b) Representations to the Court. By presenting to the court a pleading, written motion, or other paper—whether by signing, filing, submitting, or later advocating it—an attorney or unrepresented party certifies that to the best of the person’s knowledge, information, and belief, formed after an inquiry reasonable under the circumstances:  (1) it is not being presented for any improper purpose, such as to harass, cause unnecessary delay, or needlessly increase the cost of litigation;  (2) the claims, defenses, and other legal contentions are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law or for establishing new law;  (3) the factual contentions have evidentiary support or, if specifically so identified, will likely have evidentiary support after a reasonable opportunity for further investigation or discovery.”

Johnson’s federal indictment appears to focus on the false belief that he, as a single member of Cleveland’s legislative authority, discharged some form of “administrative” control over the expenditure of federal block grant funds coming from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development.  Pfeifer’s “suspension” request before the Supreme Court of Ohio falsely alleged that the monthly expense accounts of Cleveland council members is paid with federal funds.

Federal attorneys, state attorneys and state Supreme Court justices are promoting the lie that Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson’s $1200 monthly expense account was paid from the $17 million in HUD block grant funds Cleveland receives annually. Cleveland’s overall budget footprint is $2.5 billion. Federal HUD dollars make up a pittance of the money the city receives from Congress. It is insane to know that in the United States of America elected officials are being indicted based on lies that can easily be discredited.

During Yost’s 8 years as Ohio’s Auditor of State, a job he held prior to his election to the Attorney General’s office in 2018, the annual Cleveland audits he submitted to the General Assembly of Ohio concluded that council’s monthly expense account was paid from the “general fund.”  No state auditor, including Yost, has ever accused Cleveland’s director of finance of “co-mingling” federal block grant funds with council’s monthly expense account.  Had Pfeiffer investigated her boss’ audits of Cleveland’s finances she would not have repeated the lie contained in Johnson’s federal indictment.

The move by Pfeiffer under Yost’s direction seems more than politically-motivated and designed to use the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com to smear Johnson with Naymik’s help at WKYC prior to his July 19, 2021 trial.  From a Civil Rule 11 perspective Pfeiffer errs because there’s no basis in law for the “state attorney general” who is not prosecuting Johnson to use R.C. 3.16 against him in his “federal” trial.  In addition to staining Johnson’s name Yost has assigned Pfeiffer to needlessly increase his cost of litigation.

A 3-panel body of judges assigned by the Supreme Court of Ohio to hear State Attorney General David Yost’s request to suspend Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson were dragged into the middle of a legally-unsupported claim. The new panel of judges hearing Johnson’s appeal should use Civil Rule 11 to evaluate the state attorney general’s answers.

This type of misconduct and misuse of public offices is exemplary of what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called a “high tech lynching” during his U.S. Senate confirmation hearings led by President Joseph Robinette Biden as a Senator from Delaware in 1991.  If the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com’s mission was “truth” its editors and beat reporters covering Johnson’s trial would have already shared this news with its readers.

Basheer Jones’ 2019 gun arrest appears to have been “fixed” by Brandon King’s administration as Judge William Dawson confirms Ward 7’s councilman was not arraigned in his court

CLEVELAND, OH – When East Cleveland police arrested Ward 7 councilman Basheer Jones on April 19, 2019 they sought to charge him with “improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.”  The offense was a 4th degree felony violation of Section 2923. 16 of the Ohio Revised Code.   The incident report East Cleveland’s cops generated doesn’t identify the reason for the arrest or the basis for the search of the Cleveland politician’s vehicle.  Jones was a suspect of something and they found the improperly handled gun.

Had Jones investigated the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials of the cops who stopped him and searched his vehicle he would have learned they were law enforcement officer impersonators.  A further investigation would have revealed neither of the private attorneys discharging the duties of a prosecuting attorney were administered oaths of office; and had no legal authority to represent the city or “state” against him in any court.

Judge Willliam Dawson was obstructed by seedy East Cleveland officials from journalizing the official acts that occurred with Basheer Jones’ 2019 gun arrest by the city’s police.

Pursuant to Section 2938. 13 of the Ohio Revised Code Jones and every other criminal defendant has the right to ask Judge William Dawson not to advance any prosecution brought forth by admittedly private attorneys Willa Hemmons or Heather McCullough.  Each is discharging the duties of public offices they have usurped without oaths of office filed with the clerk of council pursuant to Section 705.28 of Ohio’s revised code.

Had he learned anything about the duties of a councilman while representing Cleveland’s Ward 7 Jones could have used what should have been a competent knowledge of laws to challenge his arrest and the charges against him. The statute that disqualifies Hemmons and McCullough as private attorneys operating in East Cleveland municipal court is clear.

In any case prosecuted for violation of a municipal ordinance the village solicitor or city director of law, and for a statute, he or the prosecuting attorney, shall present the case for the municipal corporation and the state respectively, but either may delegate the responsibility to some other attorney in a proper case, or, if the defendant be unrepresented by counsel may with leave of court, withdraw from the case. But the magistrate or judge shall not permit prosecution of any criminal case by private attorney employed or retained by a complaining witness.”

Within 48 hours after his probable cause-less arrest the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America required King to ensure that qualified and oath sworn prosecutors to have police deliver Jones before East Cleveland Municipal Court Judge William Dawson for an arraignment and a bond hearing.  It is before an oath sworn Judge Dawson that oath sworn prosecutors could have expressed their disagreement with the requested charges against Jones and sought a dismissal to be entered into the record.  Dawson would have had the option of dismissing the charges against Jones with or without prejudice.  Jones would have had the right to ask that charges be brought against the police for the unlawful acts they committed against him.

Basheer Jones was denied a conceal carry permit by Lake County’s sheriff.

Between the police and the prosecutor’s office under Richmond Heights resident Mayor Brandon King’s control the case against Jones simply disappeared although not really.  The record of Jones’ April 19, 2019 arrest appears to have still been entered in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) criminal records history database Ohio police can access through the Law Enforcement Automated Data Systems (LEADS) portal.  That’s where Lake County Sheriff’s deputies found Jones arrest records when they denied his request for a concealed carry permit on December 26, 2019.

But Dawson wrote to EJBNEWS that Jones was not brought before him. He, too, looked into the arrest to learn what had happened.

“There is nothing in our court system which leads me to assume that it never resulted in a former charge by the prosecutors office,” Dawson wrote.  “I am saying he was never arraigned before me for those charges.”

EJBNEWS sought to learn if East Cleveland police had bypassed the city prosecutor and delivered Jones to Cuyahoga County prosecuting attorney Michael O’Malley for a direct indictment.  Like the East Cleveland municipal court the county court of common pleas has no record of Jones’ arrest turning into an arraignment with formal charges.  Between the two courts with the authority to have arraigned Jones his criminal records history is clean.

None of the police officers who signed Basheer Jones incident report were certified by OPOTA. Domonique King is the internal affairs officer and cop commander Larry McDonald’s “baby mama.”

Jones just relocated to Cleveland from Cleveland Heights in December 2020 and his April 2019 East Cleveland gun arrest was introduced to the public by EJBNEWS for inclusion in the discussion about his campaign for mayor of Cleveland and whether or not he’s competent enough to discharge the duties of a municipal chief law enforcement officer.  Why Jones was not arraigned has become a local political mystery.

The Cleveland politician’s Sixth Amendment or “speedy trial” rights and opportunity to face his accusers have long ago been violated by East Cleveland officials who obstructed the statutory and constitutional process for adjudicating criminal charges.  So on its face the arrest should be dismissed through East Cleveland’s municipal court records so the information on the FBI’s NCIC database can be updated to reflect that some adjudication occurred.

Without an order from Judge Dawson the April 19, 2019 arrest record remains associated with Jones’ name on the FBI’s NCIC criminal records history database and will continue to affect his rights as a citizen of the United States of America.  Had Judge Dawson journalized a dismissal of the case or accepted dropped charges from the prosecuting attorney Jones’ conceal carry permit wouldn’t have been denied in December 8 months after his arrest.

East Cleveland’s prosecutors and cops are notorious for cutting side deals with criminal defendants to keep cases from going to court. Without oaths of office on file with the Clerk of Council neither private attorneys Willa Hemmons nor Heather McCullough are authorized to discharge the duties of a municipal prosecutor pursuant to Section 705.28 of the Ohio Revised Code. Somehow between the police department and the prosecutor’s office charges against Basheer Jones never made it to arraignment.

What Jones would have been potentially left with was the misdemeanor offense of giving false information to the police and failing to update his drivers license.  Jones and his family have not ever resided at 1383 E. 94th Street which is the address police recorded from his drivers license.

As a 2017 candidate for Cleveland city council Jones and his family lived at 1670 Belvoir Road in South Euclid.  From South Euclid the Jones’ relocated to 3936 Orchard Avenue in Cleveland Heights while he continued to serve unlawfully on Cleveland city council and claiming 1383 E. 94th Street as his residential address.  Jones purchased a home on E. 66th Street in Cleveland last March 2020.  His family was relocated from Cleveland Heights to their Cleveland home in December 2020 after it was renovated.

Ken Johnson’s suspension from Cleveland city council was not within David Yost’s authority to request since he’s not prosecuting the case

CLEVELAND, OH – In the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com’s rush to make Cleveland councilman Kenneth Johnson look bad while he prepares for a federal trial, the newspaper’s publisher and editor are not examining if the rights of the American citizen who laws say is “innocent until proven guilty” are being violated by malicious prosecutors.  Instead of questioning the legitimacy of David Yost’s decision to use the office of the Ohio Attorney General to seek Johnson’s suspension from council, the Russian owned and dying once daily newspaper is championing the government’s violation of Johnson’s rights.

Johnson’s “federal” trial date is set for July 19, 2021.  The Cleveland councilman has been indicted by a federal grand jury at the request of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.  The person who held the federal office in an acting capacity when Johnson was indicted on February 18, 2021 was Bridget M. Brennan.

State Attorney General David Yost is not prosecuting Cleveland councilman Kenneth Johnson; so he has no legal authority to seek his suspension from city council.

Yost violated Section 2921.44(E) of the Revised Code of Ohio, dereliction of duty, when he exceeded the authority of the Ohio Attorney General by assigning an assistant “Ohio” attorney general, Julie Pfeiffer, to seek Johnson’s suspension from Cleveland city council using Section 3.16 of the Revised Code of Ohio.  He operated more like a “dirty prosecutor” trying to help Brennan build up a weak federal case; and using the media to color a potential jury against Johnson.  In the early 1980’s Yost was a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch covering my organizing activities for Curtis Sliwa’s Alliance of Guardian Angels out of the Columbus Baptist Temple.

(B)(1) If a public official is charged with a felony in a state or federal court and if the attorney general, if the attorney general is prosecuting the case, or prosecuting attorney with responsibility to prosecute the case determines that the felony relates to the public official’s administration of, or conduct in the performance of the duties of, the office of the public official, the attorney general, if the attorney general is prosecuting the case, or prosecuting attorney with responsibility to prosecute the case shall transmit a copy of the charging document to the chief justice of the supreme court with a request that the chief justice proceed as provided in division (C) of this section. If the attorney general or the prosecuting attorney transmits a copy of the charging document to the chief justice, a copy also shall be sent to the attorney general if the prosecuting attorney transmits the copy to the chief justice or to the prosecuting attorney of the county in which the public official holds office if the attorney general transmits the copy to the chief justice.

It is clear from the wording of the error-filled Rule 11-violating pleading prepared by Pfieffer under Yost’s name that the Ohio Attorney General is not prosecuting Johnson in his federal trial; so there was no basis in law for her to file for his suspension.  R.C. 3.16 authorized the attorney general or prosecuting attorney “prosecuting the case” to seek Johnson’s suspension from council pursuant to Section (B)(1).

Council more than doubled its annual expense account in 2020. But like other years its being paid out of the general fund and not with any federal funds. Look at the top of the page. The Feds and State Auditor didn’t.

The acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio or Brennan sought Johnson’s indictment from a federal grand jury and is overseeing his federal criminal prosecution.  Yost in his official capacity as the “state” Attorney General did not investigate or pursue charges against Johnson during his 8 years as the Auditor of State; nor is he the prosecuting attorney pursuant to any Section of Chapter 117 of the Revised Code of Ohio with the responsibility to prosecute the U.S. Attorney’s federal case.  It was forbidden by R.C. 2921.44(E) for “state” attorney general Yost to use R.C. 3.16 to seek Johnson’s suspension.

(E) No public servant shall recklessly fail to perform a duty expressly imposed by law with respect to the public servant’s office, or recklessly do any act expressly forbidden by law with respect to the public servant’s office(F) Whoever violates this section is guilty of dereliction of duty, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

There is language in Yost’s pleading, as prepared by assistant Ohio Attorney General Pfeiffer, which very loosely seeks to mirror Chapter 18 of the United States Code, Section 666 in Johnson’s indictment that is just not true; or too imprecise to go unexamined.  It also raises questions as to how Brennan had the legal authority to investigate council’s general fund supported Expense Account Reimbursement; and to obtain an indictment against Garnell Jamison since it involves absolutely no use of federal funds.

Johnson and Jamison each face charges for 18 U.S.C. 666 violations.  The federal law exists under the heading, “Theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.”

(a)Whoever, if the circumstance described in subsection (b) of this section exists — (1) being an agent of an organization, or of a State, local, or Indian tribal government, or any agency thereof — (A) embezzles, steals, obtains by fraud, or otherwise without authority knowingly converts to the use of any person other than the rightful owner or intentionally misapplies, property that — (i) is valued at $5,000 or more, and (ii) is owned by, or is under the care, custody, or control of such organization, government, or agency; or (B) corruptly solicits or demands for the benefit of any person, or accepts or agrees to accept, anything of value from any person, intending to be influenced or rewarded in connection with any business, transaction, or series of transactions of such organization, government, or agency involving any thing of value of $5,000 or more …”

The federal criminal law sets forth the definition of an “agent” as meaning “a person authorized to act on behalf of another person or a government and, in the case of an organization or government, includes a servant or employee, and a partner, director, officer, manager, and representative.

An individual member of council does not have the authority to act on behalf of a government except during council meetings.  The authority of a member of council is “legislative only” as described in Section 731.05 of the Revised Code of Ohio.  The heading is an obvious “Powers of legislative authority.

The powers of the legislative authority of a city shall be legislative only, it shall perform no administrative duties, and it shall neither appoint nor confirm any officer or employee in the city government except those of its own body, unless otherwise provided in Title VII of the Revised Code. All contracts requiring the authority of the legislative authority for their execution shall be entered into and conducted to performance by the board or officers having charge of the matters to which they relate. After the authority to make such contracts has been given and the necessary appropriation made, the legislative authority shall take no further action thereon.

There is no provision in the United States Attorneys’ manual that would have authorized Brennan or Justin Herdman to investigate Johnson’s general fund-funded $1200 monthly expense account since it involved no use of federal funds or violations of federal laws in association with the misuse of Title 1 community development block grant funds.  Both Johnson and Jamison are being charged, federally, for acts the United States Attorney had no legal authority to investigate.

Pfeiffer’s request before the Supreme Court of Ohio made the false claim similar to Brennan’s that Title 1 of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974 authorizes block grant money disbursed by the United States Department of Housing & Urban to be used as “reimbursements to council members for actual expenses.”  Had Pfeiffer been directed by Yost to examine page 83 of the Cleveland city council’s 2020 budget, Pfeiffer would have learned that every dime of the legislative authority’s $244,800 for “Expense Account Reimbursement” comes from the city’s “general fund.”  The same with Brennan had federal prosecutors looked beyond Mark Naymik’s uninformed reporting for the Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.

Every word blocked off in red instructed the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio not to move forward with charging Councilman Kenneth Johnson and aide Garnell Jamison for violating federal laws involving the misuse of federal funds. David Yost’s 2018 audit confirmed, again, that grant funds were not available to fund Cleveland’s current operating expenditures funded by the city’s general fund. Cleveland city council’s budget includes the expense account paid for out of the general fund.

Public Law No: 93-33 as enacted on August 22, 1974 does not give Cleveland city council’s “direct entitlement city” the authority to appropriate federal funds to pay the city council’s monthly $1200 expense reimbursement so they can operate home offices or may payments for notes and insurance on cars used to drive around the ward.  Council’s wages, benefits, necessities and expenses of government are funded by local taxes from the “general fund.”  Neither any member of council nor their aides are required to create and maintain the “time allocation sheets the director and employees working in the community development department are required to maintain and submit to HUD for its review.

Public Law No: 93-33 reads as follows:

Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 – Title I: Community Development – Authorizes the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to States and Units of general local government to help finance Community Development Programs. Authorizes the Secretary to incur obligations for such grants of up to $8,400,000,000 until July 1, 1977. Authorizes $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1975, 1976, and $100,000,000 for 1977 for grants to general local government units for urgent community development needs.

Requires grant applicants to: (1) set forth a three-year community development plan and formulate a program of operation; (2) operate such programs in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Public Law 90-284 (relating to fair housing); and (3) inform affected citizens of the various aspects of the program. Requires applicants to certify that their plans give maximum feasible priority to activities benefiting low- or moderate-income families.

Requires an annual review and audit to determine if grantees are carrying out their programs as required by this Act.

HUD’s “grant management” instructions are found in Chapter 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 85.  The heading is, “Administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements to state, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments.” It is where Brennan and Pfeiffer should have found instructions that explained Congress’ requirements for HUD funds to be restricted and segregated away from a subrecipient’s general fund.

There’s no language in the Public Law referenced by Ohio Attorney General David Yost that authorizes city councils to pay monthly general operating expenses with federal funds.

A simple letter to Sharon Dumas, Mayor Frank Jackson’s finance director, would have provided both Brennan and Pfeiffer with the answer that Johnson’s monthly expense account reimbursements were not being paid with HUD funds.  The two errant prosecutors would have further found the answer to their questions about the source of Johnson’s expense funds in the annual audits Brennan’s boss, Yost, signed off on as Ohio’s last Auditor of State.

Jamison was charged by Brennan with one count of conspiracy to commit federal program theft; two counts of federal program theft; five counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns; one count of tampering with a witness and one count of falsification of records in a federal investigation.  The “program theft” charges are based under the false belief that council’s expense account money is funded from HUD’s restricted use community development block grant fund instead of the general fund.  Johnson has also been charged pursuant to Title 18, Section 666 of the United States Code under the false assumption that his expense account reimbursement money was federally-funded.

Yost while he served as Ohio’s auditor of state affirmed in 8 audits filed with Clerk Susan Babbett that Cleveland’s city council’s Expense Account Reimbursement was a general fund and not a community development block grant fund expense. In an audit released August 21, 2018, Yost assured Clevelanders and the General Assembly of Ohio that finance director Sharon Dumas was not co-mingling general funds with restricted community development block grant funds when it came to paying council’s then $1200 monthly expense reimbursements.

David Yost was serving as Ohio’s Auditor of State in 2018 when his office approved the City of Cleveland’s 2018 audit showing council was funded by the general fund.

For all the years referenced in Johnson’s federal indictment, former Cuyahoga County prosecutors William D. Mason, Timothy McGinty and now Michael O’Malley had 120 days to institute criminal proceedings against him had state auditors dating back to Thomas E. Ferguson, Jim Petro, Betty Montgomery, Mary Taylor, Yost and now Keith Faber investigated and reported the expense account drama.  The heading for Yost’s authority as state auditor when he told Clevelanders all was well, and he’d found no co-mingling is, “Audit report showing malfeasance or gross neglect of duty.”  It’s found in Section 117.29 of the Revised Code of Ohio.

Where an audit report sets forth any malfeasance or gross neglect of duty on the part of any public official for which a criminal penalty is provided, a certified copy of the report shall be filed with the prosecuting attorney of the county in which the offense is committed, and the prosecuting attorney shall, within one hundred twenty days, institute criminal proceedings against the public official.

It seems rather insane that Yost, the state’s former auditor, would allow a subordinate to submit a pleading to the Supreme Court of Ohio with an error about the source of Johnson’s expense account reimbursement money he knew was not true as Pfeiffer appears to have withheld material facts to achieve a legal objective.  It’s more disturbing that Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor didn’t read R.C. 3.16 and ask Yost if he was prosecuting Johnson.

A “no” answer should have resulted in an immediate dismissal since Yost’s office had no legal standing to seek the suspension of an elected official he was not prosecuting.

Basheer Jones didn’t fight for his rights when he was arrested by East Cleveland cops in 2019 for handling a semi-automatic weapon

CLEVELAND, OH – An elected “law maker” who is too afraid to fight for his own Constitutional and legal rights is not going to fight for anyone else’s.  It’s especially true for a politician with a lot of undercover shit to hide.

Basheer Jones was arrested by East Cleveland police on April 19, 2019.  Time.  11:07.  a.m.

The citation code is a 5294.  Improperly handling firearm in a motor vehicle.  The narrative describes the Cleveland councilman as a “suspect” of something who was found to have a loaded firearm.  It defeats the purpose of having a firearm to travel with an unloaded one.

Right off the “rip” I have a problem with the “narrative.”  No probable cause.  I also know John E. Hartman and Michael Woodside were impersonating law enforcement officers as the city’s former mayor.

Their Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials are fraudulent. They weren’t hired through the Civil Service process.  They have no oaths of office on file with the Clerk of Council.  If they accessed the FBI’s NCIC criminal records history database by running his plates they violated state and federal criminal laws.

As it appears Jones was not told what he was “suspected” of doing as the basis for the stop, he should have Facebooked live the entire incident for his social media page like he did his trip to Egypt.

The reviewing supervisor is “Dominique King.”  No OPOTA certifications.  No civil service test.  No oath of office filed with the Clerk of Council.

The police chief is unauthorized to even be a cop, Scott Gardner, with two felony indictments that were pleaded to misdemeanors.  Jones sabotaged the late American Negro attorney and federal prosecutor Annette Butler’s campaign for Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney to help Michael O’Malley.  He could have took the facts above to his “boy” and and looked like a hero.

More specifically, Jones has a right to bear arms pursuant to the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The “improperly handling firearm in a motor vehicle” is a local ordinance superseded by Section 9.68 of Ohio’s Revised Code.  The state embedded the 2nd Amendment’s unrestricted right to bear arms in R.C. 9.68.

City councils can’t enact any local gun ordinances.  Police can’t enforce a local gun ordinance. R.C. 9.68 gives every Ohioan the right to wear weapons like back in the cowboy days.

Jones had the power to file a civil claim against East Cleveland for the stop.  Had he read the United States Department of Justice’s investigations and conclusions about Cleveland’s constitutionally non-complaint police, he would have read a letter informing the city that a weapon should be seen as no different than a cell phone.  This “kid” ain’t ready for prime time.  The law below is what he did not use to defend his own rights.  It’s been in effect since March 14, 2007.

9.68 Right to bear arms – challenge to law.  (A) The individual right to keep and bear arms, being a fundamental individual right that predates the United States Constitution and Ohio Constitution, and being a constitutionally protected right in every part of Ohio, the general assembly finds the need to provide uniform laws throughout the state regulating the ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, other transfer, manufacture, taxation, keeping, and reporting of loss or theft of firearms, their components, and their ammunition. The general assembly also finds and declares that it is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families, and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves or others. Except as specifically provided by the United States Constitution, Ohio Constitution, state law, or federal law, a person, without further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process, including by any ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or other action or any threat of citation, prosecution, or other legal process, may own, possess, purchase, acquire, transport, store, carry, sell, transfer, manufacture, or keep any firearm, part of a firearm, its components, and its ammunition. Any such further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process interferes with the fundamental individual right described in this division and unduly inhibits law-abiding people from protecting themselves, their families, and others from intruders and attackers and from other legitimate uses of constitutionally protected firearms, including hunting and sporting activities, and the state by this section preempts, supersedes, and declares null and void any such further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process.

(B) A person, group, or entity adversely affected by any manner of ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or other action enacted or enforced by a political subdivision in conflict with division (A) of this section may bring a civil action against the political subdivision seeking damages from the political subdivision, declaratory relief, injunctive relief, or a combination of those remedies. Any damages awarded shall be awarded against, and paid by, the political subdivision. In addition to any actual damages awarded against the political subdivision and other relief provided with respect to such an action, the court shall award reasonable expenses to any person, group, or entity that brings the action, to be paid by the political subdivision, if either of the following applies:

(1) The person, group, or entity prevails in a challenge to the ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or action as being in conflict with division (A) of this section.

(2) The ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or action or the manner of its enforcement is repealed or rescinded after the civil action was filed but prior to a final court determination of the action.

(C) As used in this section:

(1) The possession, transporting, or carrying of firearms, their components, or their ammunition include, but are not limited to, the possession, transporting, or carrying, openly or concealed on a person’s person or concealed ready at hand, of firearms, their components, or their ammunition.

(2) “Firearm” has the same meaning as in section 2923.11 of the Revised Code.

(3) “Reasonable expenses” include, but are not limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, expert witness fees, and compensation for loss of income.

(D) This section does not apply to either of the following:

(1) A zoning ordinance that regulates or prohibits the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms in areas zoned for residential or agricultural uses;

(2) A zoning ordinance that specifies the hours of operation or the geographic areas where the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms may occur, provided that the zoning ordinance is consistent with zoning ordinances for other retail establishments in the same geographic area and does not result in a de facto prohibition of the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms in areas zoned for commercial, retail, or industrial uses.  Amended by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 228, §1, eff. 12/28/2019.  Effective Date: 03-14-2007.

Had Jones spent more time in our two Constitutions, Federal laws, State laws and Cleveland’s ordinances instead of in India and Egypt hanging out with Communists and ex-patriates, he might have fought for his own rights instead of hiding like a coward.  The fight in East Cleveland should have been one he took to Cleveland city council to ensure that all its unconstitutional and civil rights violating gun ordinances were repealed.

Dancing and singing in Egypt during the coronavirus instead of studying and improving the lives of Clevelanders on city council. Basheer Jones’ reminds me of Kwame Kilpatrick, Gary Norton, Jeffrey Johnson, Joe Jones and a whole bunch of other politicians who got caught lying and stealing.

Think about it. The effective date of R.C. 9.68 is March 14, 2007.  It was in effect 7 years before Tamir Rice was gunned down by Fred Loehman on November 22, 2014.  It was in effect 12 years later when Jones was arrested by East Cleveland police on April 19, 2019.

Here’s Jones’ reason for hestitancy in being a warrior and the reason he’s politically ineffective.  The incident report confirms “residency” crimes he’s committed against the City of Cleveland as a non-resident when he campaigned in 2017.  It also reveals issues with his Ohio Drivers License. Too much to hide on top of the campaign finance law violations I pointed out in 2018; as Sam Allard of Cleveland Scene recently confirmed he’s still violating.

Jones purchased a home at 1898 E. 66th Street in Cleveland on March 5, 2020.  The address on the Ohio motor vehicle license he supplied to East Cleveland police is 1383 E. 94th Street in Cleveland.  The Ross family or Generational Wealth Management Group LLC owns it.  The Ross’ appear to have owned the 1383 E. 94th Street home in some way or the other since January 1, 1975.

Basheer Jones’ drivers license listed 1383 E. 94th Street as his place of residence in Cleveland during his time on city council while he was living in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights with his family. No one on the street has seen Jones’ Jaguar and his wife’s Mercedes SUV parked in the driveway since he claimed to live in this ‘hood instead of his suburban ‘hoods.

Jones lived with his family at 1670 Belvoir Road in South Euclid when he campaigned for the seat on Ward 7 city council in 2017 and used the address at 1383 E. 94th Street.  He relocated to 3936 Orchard Avenue in Cleveland Heights in 2018.  Jones purchased the home on E. 66th Street in March 2020.  He did not relocate his family into it until renovations were completed in December.

He was required under the state’s motor vehicle laws to maintain a drivers license at his actual place of residence.  The address to East Cleveland police and the court is not where he received his mail or paid his utilities.  He produced a drivers license with the 1383 E. 94th Street address to officials of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections when his address was challenged in 2017 by incumbent Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow.

Instead of leading a civil rights campaign against the corrupt East Cleveland police impersonators, and filing a complaint with his political friend, Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Michael O’Malley, Jones allegedly begged not to be embarrassed.   He didn’t want to see the back of the jail.  Please, oh please, hide this incident report.  Well.  It ain’t hidden.

Y’all got a good one Ward 7.  The only person I know who is “really” in Jones’ corner is Mansfield Frazier.  The guy who sold Jones his house for $39,000 and some change.  He owns Neighborhood Solutions Inc.

If you got a sucker you keep him.  I understand … Mansfield.  Do your thang.

She gone Jeff. Marriage to a residency liar with criminal tendencies was too much for the ex-Mrs. Jeffrey Johnson!

CLEVELAND, OH – Felicia Williams “Johnson” may not like reading her name in a news story about the dissolution of her marriage to attorney Jeffrey Johnson.  But the last thing people remember about public figures is what they last read about them.  Johnson made their courtship and marriage public.  The last thing an ex-Mrs. Jeffrey Johnson wants is to still be remembered as his wife … publicly.

As I did during the campaign for Cleveland mayor when my revelation about his non-Cleveland residency cost Johnson his SEIU-backed candidacy, I’m not revealing images of the former Mrs. Johnson or her family.  They’re not in “the game.”  Jeff’s in the game.

The marriage between Felicia Williams and Jeffrey Johnson is dissolved by Zoom as of December 8, 2020.  Johnson can take down the family photos of the former “Missus” and her two daughters on his social media pages.  He’s already identified himself as “Single.”  No need to connect her family to his drama.  My sources say her children want the pictures … gone.

Williams filed for the dissolution as a pro se litigant on November 19, 2020.  She even paid the filing fees to get it done.  Johnson’s friend, Glenville Shopping Center developer Arthur Fayne, was indicted on December 4, 2020 for stealing money from the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

Johnson is back at the home his late father left him and his sister at 9024 Parkgate Avenue.  He’s now fulfilled his 2017 promise to the criminals at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections that he intended to return there while they resided in Twinsburg as a family in her home.  The former Mrs. Johnson might have wondered if his statement was connected to an eventual plan to leave.

Johnson knew his former wife never intended to leave Twinsburg; but she did anyway when they moved to Larchmont near Shaker Square.  To her friends he was a disruptive force in her family’s life.  She was caught up by his political razzle dazzle.

I’ve known Johnson since the beginning of his political career.  My Sister attended law school at Case Western Reserve University with him.  I ran for the council seat he was appointed to in 1984 after State Senator Morris Jackson joined Coca Cola as an executive and Michael White left Cleveland city council to replace him.  The law degree was a title that would help Johnson in elected office.

There’s no Terry V. Ohio cases that will ever be under his belt as something Johnson fought to the Supreme Court of Ohio to protect a civil right like the late attorney Louis Stokes.   The cases associated with Johnson’s name begin with captions like United States of America v. Jeffrey Johnson. The result of one was time in prison.  He got off on an assault of an activist named Don Bryant.

The public announcement of Johnson’s engagement in 2014 for the cynical among his critics was seen as political theater he’d set up for a run at Cleveland mayor in 2017.  Mayor Frank Jackson told me he thought Johnson was totally unworthy for the mayor’s job.  I agreed.  Similar reasons.  He’d had a career of political grandstanding and not accomplishments.

While he served on Cleveland city council, Johnson left the house on Parkgate Avenue empty to live with his new family in Twinburg in December 2015.  The marriage made him ineligible to remain on Cleveland city council throughout 2016 and 2017.  Johnson pursuant to Section 3.15 of the Revised Code of Ohio should have left on his own.

3.15 Residency requirements for public officials.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, at all times during one’s term of office:  (1) Each member of the general assembly and each elected voting member of the state board of education shall be a resident of the district the member represents.  (2) Each judge and each elected officer of a court shall be a resident of the territory of that court.  (3) Each person holding an elective office of a political subdivision shall be a resident of that political subdivision.  (4) Each member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward shall be a resident of the ward the member represents, and each member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict shall be a resident of the subdistrict the member represents.

(B) Any person who fails to meet any of the requirements of division (A) of this section that apply to the person shall forfeit the office. Division (A) of this section applies to persons who have been either elected or appointed to an elective office. Division (A) of this section does not apply to a member of the general assembly or the state board of education, to a member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward, or to a member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict, during the remainder of the member’s existing term of office after there is a change in the member’s district’s, ward’s, or subdistrict’s boundaries that leaves the member’s permanent residence outside the district, ward, or subdistrict.

Williams supported her now ex-husband at the time through his residency deception.  She was a political novice and his colleagues at the board of elections favored his perspective.  But as she’s reading now, and learned then, there’s a truth in the language of the laws he lived to twist.  It came with the character friends said she learned not to trust.  I was not surprised to hear from a source how Jeff did not contribute equally to maintain the household.

Friends who joined the couple at restaurants say Johnson complained how everywhere he went his residency was a topic of discussion.  Now that his marriage is dissolved, as he’s plotting to replace United States Representative Marcia Fudge in the 11th Congressional District, it’s another failure his grandstanding made public that he’ll have to gloss over and half-discuss while he adds his own twists to make “Jeff look good.”

Johnson now works for Cleveland Housing Court Judge Mona Scott of Atlanta, Georgia who doesn’t really know this town, its history, players and the fact that she got elected to a public office whose late former judicial officer died after a visit by federal agents.  The glory of winning an election in a town you don’t really know, with players you truly don’t know, can come with a whole lot of trouble you really didn’t expect.

It’s just like marriage.  Sometimes you choose wrong.  Sometimes you choose right.  Everything that glitters ain’t gold.

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