Saturday, November 25, 2006

Special prosecutor Tim Braun Imtimidates through Sham Process and False Statements on Internet

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“I’d say talk to legal counsel…I don’t know what else to say.” Said Lucas County Administrator Mike Beazley in response to a letter sent to his email address alleging misconduct within the Lucas County Prosecutor’s office.

“[Assistant prosecutors] are under the authority of an elected official. I have no authority over them.” Beazley said in reference to a defamatory comment left on Erie Voices about Dr. Elsebeth Baumgartner. The Toledo Free Press mentioned the allegation in their May 11th edition but they did not mention the alleged writer of the comment. An EV investigation suggests that the comment was left by Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Tim Braun.

Baumgartner was prosecuted by Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Tim Braun after she spoke out against Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter when Baxter’s Company Island Express sought a public contract with the City of Port Clinton. An outspoken critic of Baxter, Baumgartner still asserts that the dockage contract was illegal and violated ORC 2921.42 because the Erie County Prosecutor owned more than 5% of Island Express Boat Lines. Records show that Baxter owned 31% of Island Express.

Baumgartner has become a staple on EV because of her hard hitting financial analyses of public contracts. Baumgartner describes herself as a federal grants expert. Records show that Baumgartner's employer had legal retainers with the University of Michigan and Ohio University's technology patent transfer department. “I was Ohio’s leading biotech patent transfer attorney before the Ohio judiciary got a hold of me.” Baumgartner said.

Baumgartner alleges that Lucas County Prosecutor Tim Braun was responsible for a “sham interstate felony escape warrant” that allowed Ottawa County officials the ability to apprehend her in Seabrook Texas. Baumgartner did not return to jail after a furlough in order to travel to Houston Texas. Baumgartner claims that she was in Texas to speak with FBI special Agent Ron Stern about prosecutorial misconduct in Ohio but was arrested before they could meet. Records show that Baumgartner was arrested on October 11, 2002. Court Transcripts show that Baumgartner explained to Texas Judge Sherman Ross that she was an Ohio lawyer who fled to Texas in order to talk to FBI Agents in order to obtain an inquiry into the Erie and Ottawa County Court system. Sherman explained that he would look into her claims and if he finds them to be true he would grant Baumgartner a bond. Records show that Ross released Baumgartner on a $10,000 unsecured bond 10 days later.

Court records show that Baumgartner surrendered to Ohio authorities on November 13, 2002. The felony escape charge brought against her by Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Tim Braun was dismissed.

Braun claims that Baumgartner has “mental problems.”

“If Braun is still in charge of this case, I won’t be treated fairly.” Baumgartner stated from the Ottawa County Detention Facility.

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