Steven Dettelbach – Conflict of Interest

On May 31, 2017 The State of Ohio filed a lawsuit against a number of Opioid Pharmaceutical Companies in Ross County Court of Common Pleas (Case No. 17CI000261). The defendants are Actavis, Allergan, Cephalon, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Solutions, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, The Perdue Frederick Co., Perdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical, and Watson Laboratories. They are represented by the law firms that have contributed to Dettlebach:

Law Firm Pharma Co. Represented Amount
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Endo Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Services $6,050.00
Baker Hostetler Endo Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Services $106,400.00
Calfee Halter & Griswold Actavis, Cephalon, Teva Pharmaceutical, Watson Laboratories $10,250.00
Dechert LLP, Attorney Perdue Pharma, The Perdue Frederick Co. $1,750.00
Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius Cephalon, Teva Pharmaceutical, Waston Laboratories $5,000.00
O’Melveny & Myers Johnson & Johnson, Janssen $1,900.00
Thompson Hine Allergan $10,700.00
Tucker Ellis Johnson & Johnson, Janssen $8,450.00
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease Purdue Pharma, The Perdue Frederick Co. $2,600.00
Total $153,100.00

From June 2016 until June 2018, employees at these firms have contributed $153,100.00 Dettlebach’s campaign for the attorney general. Furthermore, Dettlebach’s own firm, Baker Hostetler, who represents Endo Pharmaceutical, has contributed $106,400.00 over that same time period. Carole Rendon represents Endo in the lawsuit. Rendon serving as the lead attorney in the case, with a long history of working with Dettlebach, and also contributing to his campaign would raise the question of a conflict. She was worked with Dettlebach at the US Attorney’s office and followed him to Baker Hostetler. She and her husband, Michael Rendon have both contributed to Dettlebach.

Carol Rendon (represents Endo) -Dettlebach’s first assistant U.S. Attorney -Succeeded Dettlebach as U.S. Attorney -Recruited by Dettlebach to join Baker Hostetler - Contributions to Dettlebach: 7/14/2017: $500 (Husband, Michael Rendon) 7/21/2017: $1,000

Dettlebach has maintained that there is no conflict of interest because they have a legal and financial firewall in place. While his campaign has barred contributions from opioid companies he has received over $150,000.00 from their legal representatives. Every single law firm representing the defendants has given money to Dettlebach.

Law Firms Representing Drug Companies

Law firm Lawyer Contributions

7/26/2018:

This email has been sent to millions of people across the nation, including the news media, government officials, businesses, citizens groups and U.S. citizens.

The following information will provide smoking gun evidence of the many violations of the law by the Obama administration, the Democratic Party and other chief culprits, who are Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, former Cleveland US Attorney Steve Dettelbach, and First Assistant to Dettelbach as US Attorney, Carole Rendon.

Suarez Corporation Industries was one of the thousands of corporations across the United States that were unjustly and unlawfully attacked by the Obama Administration for supporting Republican elected officials. This unjust and unlawful attack by the Obama Justice Department started in 2011 and continued for 4 years, resulting in 20 false charges brought against Suarez Corporation Industries and its CEO Benjamin Suarez. Suarez and his company were found not guilty on all of the charges except one minor process charge, which was due to negligence by Suarez’s attorneys. But this unjust and unlawful attack caused massive financial damage to Suarez Corporation Industries and its 300 suppliers. Over 800 Suarez employees lost their jobs and over 2,000 employees of the 300 suppliers to Suarez lost their jobs. This caused great financial hardship and suffering to over 2,800 workers and their families which totaled over 8,400 people. Suarez Corporation Industries, its affected employees, Suarez’s 300 suppliers and their affected employees have formed The Justice Association, LLC coalition to get restitution and to seek justice. This coalition continues to offer a $10,000.00 to $100,000.00 reward, depending on the value of the evidence, for additional evidence in this case.

We have received good additional information from this reward request. The enclosed Civil RICO Lawsuit Basis And Criminal Referral will provide you with the evidence that we have to date. We are seeking any additional evidence to add to this lawsuit and criminal referral.

This evidence, when completed, will be presented to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Cleveland U.S. Attorney’s office, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, as the basis for a request for a grand jury investigation. Not all federal government officials are immune from criminal charges brought in federal or state court, and this includes federal prosecutors.

Independent of the petition to Sessions and DeWine, The Justice Association, LLC coalition will soon publicize in all media channels across Ohio, on TV, radio, the internet, newspapers and other media, the information in the attached Civil RICO Lawsuit Basis and Criminal Referral plus any other new evidence obtained. This publicity uses the very advanced and effective advertising methods of Suarez Corporation Industries that has previously been very effective against many Democrats, including former 16th US congressional district incumbent John Boccieri. This is so voters will know not to re-elect Sherrod Brown as Ohio US Senator and not to elect Steve Dettelbach as Ohio Attorney General. The following information will prove that both men are dishonorable and will use their office to punish political opponents and kill many more Ohio jobs.

The Justice Association, LLC will also file a Civil RICO Lawsuit in order to get restitution for lost income suffered by Suarez Corporation Industries, all of its employees and all of its suppliers who were affected by the Obama administration crimes. In addition, The Justice Association, LLC will serve to organize the tens of thousands and possibly millions of U.S. citizens who were victims of the corrupt Obama administration.

Also enclosed is actual documentation of some of the most disturbing evidence of major crimes by two FBI agents as likely directed by then U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach and his then first assistant, Carole Rendon, and other Obama Administration officials. Attached are two affidavits from David Dearth and his wife Julie Dearth. David was Benjamin Suarez’s personal trainer. These affidavits were validated by one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Stark County, Jeff Jakmides. In addition to serving as an assistant prosecutor for Stark County, Ohio, Jakmides has twice run for the position of Stark County prosecutor, nearly winning the last time. He has built his legal reputation on handling tough criminal cases, while at the same time conducting the outcomes of hundreds of family court disputes. He is very experienced. Suarez hired Jakmides to be sure that the Dearths were telling the truth on their affidavits. Jakmides took the Dearths to the Fisher Foods supermarket in Jackson Township, Ohio, the scene of the crime, and put them through a rigorous questioning, examination and other testing that experienced lawyers do to validate affidavits. After this validation testing, Jakmides told Suarez his professional conclusion: “It is my opinion that it is 100 percent that the Dearths are telling the truth.”

You will see in these affidavits that two FBI agents Mark McMurtry and Mike Sirohman, who were instrumental in the filing of the 20 false charges against Suarez, offered David Dearth a $92,000 bribe in the form of a job offer to lie and falsely state that Suarez confessed to him that he had tampered with the jury to get the 19 not guilty verdicts. These acts of skullduggery constitute the major crime of suborning perjury and abuse of power.

McMurtry and Sirohman also threatened to harm Dearth’s family if he didn’t agree to commit perjury with their plan to falsely accuse Suarez. They then intimidated and terrorized his wife Julie Dearth and their two young sons, to the point where the children were screaming and one of them wet his pants. Dearth afterwards was continually harassed after he refused to commit perjury. These were police state tactics by the Obama administration justice department.

It has been thought that the corruption of the FBI under the Obama administration only took place at the highest executive level and that the rank and file FBI had not been corrupted. This appears to be not true in this case. The Justice Association employs two ex-FBI agents as private investigators. They have been out of the Bureau for a number of years. They have both said that they had never witnessed anything like this when they were FBI agents. They said they still know a number of current FBI agents who are very outraged over the current corruption that was discovered in the FBI top levels. They said that this act of subornation of perjury and intimidation by these two agents is likely an isolated or very rare case.

We do not know the extent of how the Obama administration corrupted other rank-and-file FBI agents. It is with heavy hearts that we must publicize this. The Justice Association members and especially Benjamin Suarez have always supported law enforcement. Mr. Suarez has donated money to law enforcement charities and to local police departments for such things as police dog programs. We believe that, without honorable law enforcement, we no longer have a civil society.

Therefore, it is imperative that the new Trump Department of Justice acts on this immediately. Attorneys employed by the Justice Association say that, as typically, prosecutors should indict McMurtry and Sirohman and then offer them leniency to cooperate against Steve Dettelbach and Carole Rendon and whoever else urged them to carry our this horrendous crime. As the book “Three Felonies A Day” by Harvey Silverglate shows, all of us commit three felonies a day. That means that all U.S. citizens are vulnerable to this corruption. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, this is disastrous to our society.

It is also important to note this: a few weeks ago we challenged Brown and Dettelbach that every word on our website, which includes all the information in this email, was true and we would engage them in a public debate. They refused. Therefore, you can be sure every word in this email is true.

Also, we have compiled the list of all the donors to Senator Sherrod Brown and Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach. We have listed those donors ranked in order from the highest to lowest amounts donated. We will soon publicize that this list is on our website so voters can see who is supporting and enabling these candidates when evidence shows they do not work in the public interest. We have found that of the top 148 largest donors to Sherrod Brown, only 16 are from the State of Ohio. That means that 90 percent of Sherrod Brown’s donors come from out of state. We have also found that they are virtually all rich, white people. Therefore, we believe that Sherrod Brown is not going to be working in the interest of Ohio citizens, working people or minorities like the Blacks and Hispanics or other people who are not rich. Over 60% of Dettelbach’s top donors are from out of state.

We are also continually revising our website. The latest revision includes video testimony from some of the many victims of this abomination of justice. These videos will be presented to the U.S. Congress and will be used in television and radio political ads. More will be coming.

A Brief History of this Abomination of Justice

In the early 2000s, Benjamin Suarez founded 2 political action committees, the US Citizens Association and Empowered Citizens Network. For a number of years, starting in 2003, these PACs ran hundreds of thousands of dollars of advertising against Democrats with great success. Their ads used the advanced and effective advertising methods of Suarez Corporation Industries, which are considered to be the best in the nation. In 2009, the US Citizens Association ran full page ads in the Canton Repository and other area newspapers against then-Democrat Congressman in the 16th District John Boccieri and in favor of challenger Republican Jim Renacci. The first day these ads ran, Jim Renacci received over $700,000 in campaign contributions in one day. He credited these ads for being the reason he was able to defeat the incumbent John Boccieri.

The 16th Congressional District of Ohio is considered the most coveted seat in the US Presidential elections. Benjamin Suarez was informed by several high ranking members of the Ohio Republican Party that the Democrats were livid and Suarez and his company were marked for punishment. The Obama Administration and Democrat government officials carried out this punishment using the DOJ and committed many unlawful acts.

There is a provable motive, means and opportunity to commit these violations as well as a long pattern of committing these violations and other criminal behavior by the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. Under both federal law and many state laws, it would amount to a crime for a government official to misuse the resources and force of government to punish a political opponent. This was the case in the recent “Bridgegate” scandal where a number of New Jersey government officials received prison sentences. The evidence will show that the false and malicious prosecution of Suarez and his company violated these laws and is further substantiated by the acquittal by a jury of all 19 of the charges of illegal campaign contributions.

There is also the long pattern of crimes committed by members of the Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee which also constitutes RICO violations.

Obama is on record as stating he “rewards his friends and punishes his enemies”. The Obama administration pattern of criminal behavior started with accepting illegal campaign contributions from foreigners using untraceable debit cards in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Obama also accepted illegal contributions from employees of many large corporations.

Obama then committed many other unlawful acts, including The Fast and Furious incident, the Benghazi incident, the IRS scandal, the Gibson guitars scandal, not prosecuting Hillary Clinton for obvious crimes, and many more.

Steve Dettelbach was a US Attorney appointee in 2009 and a personal friend of Barack Obama. Sherrod Brown, Steve Dettelbach and Carol Rendon are longtime personal friends. Both Steve Dettelbach and Carol Rendon donated large sums of money personally to Sherrod Brown and were bundlers for him. Sherrod Brown recommended Steve Dettelbach to be US Attorney and swore him in. At a minimum, this is a conflict of interest. Dettelbach and Rendon should have recused themselves from the Suarez case. This is part of the evidence that the prosecution against Suarez was done as punishment to a political opponent who donated to and asked his employees to donate to Sherrod Brown’s opponent.

The judge in the trial was Patricia Gaughan, a longtime Democrat and Clinton appointee. A Suarez attorney learned that Gaughan was a close personal friend of Rendon. She should have recused herself. She was openly biased in favor of Rendon throughout the trial. After the trial, she made many rulings 100% in favor of Rendon. These rulings were against established law.

In the last week of the trial, Rendon brought in her parents from out of town because she thought she was going to win. Judge Gaughan, at Rendon’s request, had lunch catered in for Rendon and her parents in the judge’s chambers. This was clearly a conflict of interest and also constituted ex parte communication, which is illegal. This is a major breach of ethics for a judge. A judge should not ever have an appearance of impropriety.

Dettelbach and Rendon knew early on that there was absolutely no intent by Benjamin Suarez or Suarez Corporation Industries to commit a crime. They also knew that the donors averaged over $500,000 a year in income and could well afford the donations. They also knew that the money for their donations came out of the donors’ profit sharing, which was taken out at the time in the accounting system in such a way as could not be altered retroactively.

Since they didn’t have any evidence, they went on a three-year witch hunt and still found no evidence. Yet they proceeded with 20 false charges and a 4-week trial that cost taxpayers millions of dollars in order to punish a political opponent. Dettelbach and Rendon also knew that companies reimbursing employees for political donations was a well-known and accepted practice to law enforcement. Most major corporations and law firms do this. Suarez learned upon investigation how they do it and cover it up. They give employees bonuses. On paper, these bonuses are described for reasons other than political donations. The most common practice is to give a year-end bonus. The employee is then told verbally, “this is for political donations.” Afterwards, the employer verbally tells the employees which politician they want the employee to donate. All of this is done orally to avoid a paper trail.

Suarez’s attorneys found that in the 2012 presidential election both Microsoft and Google employees donated approximately $2.7 million to Barack Obama. These employees were very likely reimbursed by the employers for the donation. The total amount given to Renacci and Mandel by the Suarez Corporation Industries’ executives and their spouses was $200,000. The total given to Barack Obama by Microsoft and Google employees was over $5,400,000. Yet they were never investigated by Obama’s Justice Department. Many other employees of large companies and law firms donated huge sums of money to Obama and other Democrat politicians. They have never been investigated.

During the trial, Rendon constantly lied to the jury.

Suarez wanted to testify at his trial. But, his attorneys strongly advised him not to because the trial was already too long. They said Rendon would take another week to cross examine Suarez. Two jurors had already left due to financial hardship. Since no more standby jurors were left, there would be a mistrial. Also, his lawyers said it would infuriate the jury. As a result, Suarez reluctantly agreed.

Suarez and the company were acquitted on all 19 serious charges for election law violations. This is more evidence that these charges were false. Suarez was convicted on one minor process charge due to gross negligence by his attorneys and Dettelbach and Rendon threatening witnesses.

The Jury foreman Andy Ramos told Suarez’s attorneys that they had no choice but to find Suarez guilty on the minor process charge since they were presented no evidence to rebut the charge. Both the jury and the judge were informed that if Suarez went to prison, thousands of people would lose their jobs. Ramos told Suarez’s attorneys that he thought Suarez would only get probation. Ramos said that he pleaded with the judge to only give Suarez probation so that thousands of people would not lose their jobs.

Suarez should have received probation. But Dettelbach trumped up the Sentencing Guidelines Score, which should have been between levels 5 to 8 (a probation sentence), to level 15. The judge allowed this outrageous score for a 74-year-old person with no previous criminal offences on a minor charge. Even with a level 15 score, Judge Gaughan had wide latitude to sentence Suarez to probation. Instead, she gave her personal friend, Carole Rendon, a favor to salvage her career because she was damaged and furious that she lost the 19 major counts. She sentenced Suarez to 15 months in prison and killed thousands of jobs. Gaughan did this as a favor for her personal friend Carole Rendon so she could save face because she lost the 19 major counts.

Rendon also made many outrageous objections to the Presentence Investigation Score, even though it was already inflated. These objections clearly showed malice and bad faith any good judge could see. Rendon wanted Suarez to get 10 years for a minor violation. It was a ‘smoking gun’ proof of bad faith. But the judge did not do the right thing by adjusting the score to an 8 and properly give a sentence of probation. The judge left the score at the inflated level 15 and sentenced a 74-year-old; who had never committed a crime in his life, to 15 months in prison.

Gaughan is well known in the Cleveland legal community as incompetent, cruel, giving excessive sentences and not allowing time off for good behavior. Her nickname is “Gone, Gone, Gone.” She enjoys human suffering. Suarez’s lead attorney, Mark Schamel, from the prestigious Womble law firm in Washington, D.C. had a career of over 30 years as a top criminal defense attorney on high profile cases nationwide. Schamel told Suarez that Gaughan was the most incompetent judge he ever encountered in his entire career.

Suarez filed a motion in the summer of 2015 to overturn the conviction due to ineffective assistance of counsel. Suarez was convicted because he sent a memo to Accounting Manager Barb Housos warning her about her attorney and what her attorney was telling her. Housos was one of the 15 executive donors. The company hired a separate attorney for these donors, Don Scherzer. It was learned that Scherzer was telling the donors to admit to a crime they did not commit in order to sabotage the case so it would go to trial and he would make much more money. He told them not to worry about admitting to a crime because they had immunity. In a meeting which included Suarez, his company’s in-house attorney Mike Puterbaugh and four outside attorneys, Suarez was informed of the Scherzer problem. One of the outside attorneys, Don Santarelli, told Suarez that Scherzer was committing many unethical acts and was giving his clients false information. Santarelli said that the donors only had partial immunity and could still be prosecuted for admitting to a crime they did not commit. All of the other donors had already testified before the grand jury except Barb Housos. The decision was made by the outside attorneys to fire Scherzer as Housos’ attorney and get her a new lawyer.

Suarez was personal friends with Housos. He sent her a memo telling her not to admit to any crime because she did not have immunity as he was informed by Attorney Santarelli. He also told her not to let her attorney talk her into admitting to a crime and not to talk to him period. This was because she was going to get a new attorney. However, none of this evidence was presented to the jury. Therefore the jury wrongly assumed that Suarez was guilty of witness tampering.

During the trial, Santarelli was never called as a witness as Suarez demanded. Suarez’s attorneys said he was reluctant to testify. But, Suarez talked to Santarelli after the trial. Santarelli told Suarez that no one from Suarez’s legal team ever talked to him. And Puterbaugh, who did testify, lied that he could not remember the incident. It has since been learned that Santarelli and Puterbaugh and other witnesses were intimidated and threatened by Rendon and Dettelbach.

In the summer of 2015, Puterbaugh was asked about the incident by Suarez’s attorneys Jim Feldman and Craig Conley, who were handling the Motion for Ineffective Counsel. Puterbaugh said he definitely remembered the meeting where Santarelli told Suarez that the donors did not have immunity; that Scherzer was a bad attorney and Barb Houses would be getting a new attorney. He told Feldman he would sign an affidavit to that effect. Then, a few weeks later, he refused. He was obviously threatened and intimidated by Dettelbach and Rendon.

Feldman carried through with the motion and included with his brief an affidavit that Puterbaugh told him of the incident. However, the judge refused to grant an evidentiary hearing where Puterbaugh could be questioned under oath.

Most prosecutors and judges are good. But there is now an epidemic of rogue federal prosecutors that are putting tens of thousands of innocent people in prison to advance their careers. The Suarez case is only one example. The epidemic has been documented in a recent book, “Licensed to Lie,” by Sidney Powell. Because of this epidemic, it is estimated over 30% of people in prison are innocent. The U.S. now has the biggest prison population per capita in the world.

There is also a great excess of unnecessary criminal laws in the U.S., most of which are unknown to the average citizen. As mentioned, the book “Three Felonies A Day,” by Harvey Silverglate proves all people in the U.S. unknowingly commit crimes on a regular basis and can be easy victims of these rogue prosecutors. We need prosecutors who are “reluctant sheriffs” not “eager beavers.”

The Obama administration’s tactics are the same as the tactics that have been used against political opponents by such tyrants as the Castro brothers of Cuba and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea. The Obama administration engaged in high organized crime. His tactics and policies have caused the loss of millions of jobs around the country and the bankruptcies of thousands of companies. Suarez and his company was only one of thousands of victims.

Recently, more evidence of Obama administration corruption has been exposed. This includes illegally spying on U.S. citizens for political gain. This, plus using Federal agencies to punish political opponents has created a pool of tens of thousands of victims. The Justice Association, LLC will organize these victims to file a massive class action RICO lawsuit.

These High Crimes and RICO violations by the Obama administration must not go unpunished. This would create a slippery slope that would cause our country to go from a free democracy to a tyranny. These people think they are above the law. They think they and people like Hillary Clinton, are too big to be prosecuted. They think large companies such as Microsoft and Google are also too big to be prosecuted and are above the law. It is important that these people are brought to justice now.

Congress needs to pass laws that hold bad prosecutors and judges accountable. There needs to be grand jury reform to protect citizens from corrupt prosecutors. There also needs to be a purge of rogue federal prosecutors and rogue federal judges involved in the misconduct of putting innocent people in prison to advance their careers. Likewise there needs to be a purge of excessive and unnecessary criminal laws. This will be presented to Congress by The Justice Association, LLC. It will push for the Citizens Injustice Protection Act (CIPA).

The Justice Association, LLC coalition will also submit documentation of Judge Gaughan’s conduct to the Ohio Bar Association and the US Senate Judiciary Committee, and motion for her impeachment to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If you have additional evidence Jennifer Werner at jwerner@thejusticeassociation.org.

Affidavit of David & Julie Dearth

Civil RICO Lawsuit & Criminal Referral

7/13/2018 Press Release:

The Justice Association Awaits Reply from Senator Sherrod Brown and the Former US Attorney Steve Dettlebach Regarding Public Debate

The Justice Association hereby challenges Senator Sherrod Brown and former US attorney Steve Dettelbach as follows:

"We hereby declare that every word of the information on The Justice Association website is true. And we hereby challenge you to a public debate anytime, anywhere for you to prove that even one word in the information in our website is not true. We will await your reply."

"We will await your reply."

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