On WKYC’s Between the Lines this morning, Bill Mason showed up with assistant prosecutor Dan Kasaris (weird. why?), and called the Scene story about his impending resignation “embarrassing”, saying there are no facts to support it. Not really a denial there, Bill. On the FBI investigation into the coroner’s office hiring of Strongsville councilman Pat Coyne, Mason sold his buddy Coyne down the river, threw him under the bus, ran over him in forward and then reverse, you name it, telling Tom Beres that all those other losers are “responsible for their own conduct.” Mason and Kasaris repeatedly defended their […]Full Story... →
PD reports the FBI is investigating the hiring of Bill Mason crony Strongsville councilman Pat Coyne at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office.
The FBI is investigating whether Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason forced the county coroner to hire a political ally, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Bob Reid confirmed the investigation Friday in response to a Plain Dealer editorial urging his office to take action. Reid declined to comment beyond saying his office has consulted with the FBI.
We have passed the Scene Magazine deadline, which reported in September that Mason would resign in mid-October and face […]Full Story... →
Either somebody is having a blast playing us all for suckers, or….something.
We reported on an imminent resignation of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason in January. Despite epic blog traffic for weeks and hundreds of people searching some combination of “bill mason” and “resignation”, nothing happened. Last week, Scene Magazine in Cleveland reported with near gospel certainty that Mason would resign by the second week in October, then face federal charges. We’re closing in on the first week of October.
Mason is the last remaining pillar of the old machine in Cuyahoga County. In a PD op-ed, a […]Full Story... →
Scene is reporting that sources tell them Mason is about to resign over involvement in the federal corruption investigation.
according to sources with close ties to county politics. Mason is expected to resign by the second week of October, the sources say. Federal charges against him are expected within the next two months.
“There’s a reason why they’re not included [in the federal indictments] at this point,” says one of the sources, who spoke with Scene on condition of anonymity. “They’re collecting more information.”
ResignationPalooza is back on! You’ll recall that we at Plunderbund reported an imminent Mason resignation […]Full Story... →
Is it time to start ResignationPalooza all over again? Whatever the case, it’s long past time for a little update on all the Bill Mason resignation rumors.
Since ResignationPalooza hit the fan way back in January, I’ve lost count of the people who have come up to me to ask WTF. Some folks think Plunderbund started the rumors out of whole cloth…nope. In all cases, people have confirmed that the rumors were out there well before we posted them here at Plunderbund. We just made the rumors public, which in turn sent everyone into a tizzy.
In the […]Full Story... →
The first denial anyone has ever heard regarding the rampant rumors that Bill Mason is about to resign comes from one of his former prosecutors, Lakewood Mayor Ed Fitzgerald, currently running for County Executive.
I ran into Fitzgerald at a taping for Bob Conklin’s show on Time Warner local access, In The Spotlight, where I appear as a panelist with the PD’s Henry Gomez (!!!). ?Fitzgerald was Conklin’s first interview, and on his way out of the studio, I asked him if he planned to run for prosecutor when Bill Mason resigns. Fitzgerald laughed, hard, then paused, then said […]Full Story... →
Front page, Sunday, above the fold, the PD puts the knife in. ?This is probably why Bill Mason didn’t resign last week – he was waiting for this story to happen, and wanted to see how the PD played it. ?Well, the PD played it big.
The PD and Bill Mason have been tied at the hip for some time. ?Today, the PD just severed that tie loudly, with a story which Mason’s influence over the PD had previously kept a lid on. ?But like any co-dependent, the PD doesn’t ask the resignation question at all in this […]Full Story... →
A comment left by James Renner.
If Mason were a Gary Trudeau cartoon, he’d be depicted as a tantrum-prone 5-year-old ginger, pouting in his office, trying to pretend this isn’t really happening. I’ve only been reporting in this town for 6 years, I’m relatively green still. But, I have never been hit with so many leads telling the exact same story: that Mason is planning his resignation and that he’s hand-picking his replacements. These sources are sitting judges and county officials. Add to that the fact that effing nobody is coming out and saying “guys, he’s not resigning” and […]Full Story... →
Just heard from James Renner, who was at the prosecutor’s office. ?The office is empty, everyone left at 4 pm. ?Bill Mason spokesman Ryan Miday was there. ?James asked him straight up, is Mason resigning or not. ?Point blank. ?Miday refused to comment. ?Just refused. ?Combine that with Roetzel & Andress refusing to deny that Mason is being hired, and you’ve got yourself a shit storm.
Folks, I’m just reporting that the chatter on an impending Bill Mason resignation has reached fever pitch and beyond. ?I have excellent, multiple sources within and outside the Justice Center. ?I’ve never seen […]Full Story... →
Since Plunderbund reported on Monday what the entire Cuyahoga County political/ legal world is chattering about, the shoe has yet to drop. ?We reported on Wednesday that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason was going to resign on Friday, tomorrow. ?Nothing has happened to change that, in fact the chatter has only increased to a fever pitch.
And yet, no news from the MSM. ?No more leaks. ?No on-the-record confirmation. ?Silence. ?Deafening silence.
I have been in politics for more than 20 years, and I have never seen this much chatter go on this long about an impending event […]Full Story... →