From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Multiple papers reported today that Mike DeWine has again refused to release surveillance video from the police-involved shooting at a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio on August 5th.

Each story discussed known details about the shooting and recent online petitions to release the video of killing of John Crawford III.  But none of the papers bothered to ask the obvious question:  Why is Mike DeWine still involved with this case?

Last week DeWine told the Dayton Daily News that Hamilton County Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier was in charge of the case and his role was “at this point not much.”

And yet, as today’s announcement […]

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If Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gets away with not debating David Pepper, his Democratic challenger this year, it could signal other Republicans running for reelection this year to do the same to their Democratic challengers. Should DeWine decline to debate, thus setting a precedent, Ohioans will be left out in the cold again as democracy suffers from powerful politicos who avoid public accountability.

That seems to be what attorney general DeWine, elected in 2010, aims to do this year so he can avoid answering questions the pubic deserves to know the answers to, including why he’s meddled in […]

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