Investigators have subpoenaed records from the Bedford, Bedford Municipal Court, the police department and a law firm.
(Editors note: Bedford, Ohio is a suburb of the majority Black city of Cleveland. The middle class largely White community has a population of some 13, 000 people, and is roughly 44 percent Black, a U.S. census report reveals).BEDFORD, Ohio -- City and municipal court officials last week released 16 grand jury subpoenas related to a wide-ranging corruption investigation that – at least in part – appears to be related to a brothel prosecutors say was operating illegally in the city.
Prior to Friday, the city and court had declined to release the records to The Plain Dealer because Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty's office said they didn't believe they were public records and could impede the ongoing investigation.
City Manger Henry "Hank" Angelo and Bedford Clerk of Courts Thomas Day Jr. later decided on the advice of an assistant law director to release the records.
The requests from investigators working with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office include general information, such as city policies outlining the use of time and equipment as well as more specific information about Law Director Ken Schuman and his use of city credit cards, cars and what he and his private law firm has been paid by the city – and by another law firm that did work on municipal bonds for the city.
Schuman has been on medical leave since last month and his attorney has declined to comment on the case.
In addition, investigators requested records about Bedford Municipal Judge Harry J. Jacob III.
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