Thursday, February 17, 2011

Imperial Women Seek Resignation Of Judge Lynn McLaughlin-Murray, Claim She's Allegedly Corrupt, Anti-Black, Anti-Female, Violates The Law

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lynn McLaughlin-Murray

From the Metro Desk of the DeterminerWeekly.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com and www.determinerweekly.com)

The Imperial Women are calling for the resignation of Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lynn McLaughlin-Murray, who replaced Kathleen Ann Keough on the bench in Jan. pursuant to an appointment by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to complete the unexpired term left by the Keough's election to the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals in Nov. Strickland was defeated by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

A former Cleveland Municipal Court magistrate and assistant law director for the City of Cleveland, McLaughlin-Murray must run for the seat this year to hold on to it since Keough's unexpired term ends in Jan 2012.

“We want her immediate resignation and we urge the Black community, grassroots factions and others not to vote for Judge McLaughlin-Murray either relative to the May primary or in November where research reveals that she is seemingly corrupt, anti-Black and anti-female,” said Coleman, a leader of the grassroots group dubbed the Imperial Women. “And we can freely take a position since columnists and reporters for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper and other newspapers have no problem branding targeted Black judges crazy and unfit via the free speech clause of the First Amendment.”

Coleman said that research reveals that McLaughlin-Murray is revoking bonds and issuing warrants against Blacks and women without the bond forfeiture hearing required to be scheduled before a neutral magistrate by Cleveland Municipal Clerk of Court Earle Turner per the local rules of the Cleveland Municipal Court. Additionally, said Coleman, the judge is scheduling hearings and not telling Black defendants what type of hearing it is to trick them into appearing for the wrong reason so that she can illegally jail them. She is also, said Coleman, usurping the role of the magistrate to hold bond forfeiture hearings allegedly so that she can deny them and target Blacks that political operatives and corrupt non-Black judges want her to target, allegedly in exchange for judicial support for her upcoming run to hold on to the seat.

“I was told that the judge is also to allegedly receive an endorsement from the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association and from corrupt and racist Cleveland Law Director Robert Triozzi if she harasses Blacks and others that have complained about police misconduct," said Coleman “We hope that that is not true.”

The judge is currently presiding over the case of Collinwood High School graduate Destini Bronaugh, 19, who is facing misdemeanor criminal charges of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest in retaliation for participating in a peaceful student protest at the school last May around Cleveland public schools layoffs and school closings.

Triozzi, a former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge appointed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson who usurps the role of Cleveland Chief Prosecutor Victor Perez to bring charges to target Blacks and women for his political friends, brought the charges on behalf of the City of Cleveland and McLaughlin-Murray was personally handed the case in violation of the required due process random draw mechanism, allegedly to dictate its outcome, community activists say.

The relatively unknown McLaughlin-Murray faces opposition from several people this year in an effort to hold on to her seat including Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Pinkey Carr, who is Black and has been endorsed by several Black leaders including Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson.

Coleman said that the Imperial Women are tired of corrupt White judges like Keough and McLaughlin-Murray undermining the Black community and disregarding the rules of court and relevant law.

“We call on Black and other leaders to follow our lead and to vote this woman off the bench before she can wreak further havoc on the Black community,” said Coleman. “Cleveland is a predominantly Black major metropolitan city and Blacks should not tolerate the likes of Judges Keough and McLaughlin-Murray where data show explicitly that neither has any respect for either the law or for Black people."

Coleman said that the Imperial Women will be watching to see if Jackson and Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes endorse an unfair White judge like McLaughlin-Murray while refusing to endorse qualified Black women in this year's upcoming judicial elections as both did relative to the elections for judges held last year where all three Black women that sought judge ships lost.