|Suspected serial killer Michael Madison|
| From left: Angela Deskins, Shirellda Terry and Shetisha Sheeley, the alleged victims of suspected serial killer Michael Madison |
|By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog, Tel: (216) 659-0473 Kathy Wray Coleman is a community activist and 21-year investigative journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)|
|Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty|
The lawyers for Madison told McDonnell, a former presiding and administrative judge of the 34-member Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, a general division court, that they had other trials planned and needed to prepare over the upcoming holidays.
McDonnell had double lung transplant surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009.
Research reveals that patients begin experiencing problems after three to five years, and the average life span of a lung transplant recipient is roughly seven years, with a fourth of them sometimes surviving for 10 years or more.
Still, McGinty was livid, and allegedly got the Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest Newspaper, to do a negative article on McDonnell and a Black Cleveland Municipal Court judge.
Both have been out ill with pay at one time or another, and for long periods of time over three months, along with Shaker Heights Municipal Judge K.J. Montgomery, though all three are currently on the job now, and the Plain Dealer never cared before.
State law requires that Ohio judges are suspended from the bench if they have a physical or mental disability that precludes then from performing duties, and a permanent disability mandates their removal from the bench, something the Plain Dealer article at issue on McDonnell, and the Black judge does not mention. Neither does the article, which was published on Oct 30 on the Plain Dealer's website of Cleveland.Com, mention that Montgomery was absent from work off and on for nearly a year.
Court of Common Pleas
Judge Nancy McDonnell
Terry's body was found in a garage leased to Madison on July 19, 2013 at the intersection of Shaw and Hayden Avenues in East Cleveland, a neighboring largely Black impoverished suburb of Cleveland, and the remains of Deskins and Sheeley were uncovered the following day in the same vicinity, one in a nearby vacant house and the other in the backyard.
All three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags.
McGinty, a Democrat and county prosecutor since 2012, has made violence against women his baby, and has pushed several cases through the courts rather quickly, including the rape and kidnapping case of Ariel Castro, whom he got to trial
in less that a month where Castro pleaded guilty and agreed to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
|From left, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight|
While violence against women may seem to be a priority of McGinty, who is White, police brutality is obviously not as paramount. McGinty lobbied earlier this year before a county grand jury in support of 12 non- Black police officers that were not indicted on criminal charges after gunning down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell following a high speed car chase on November 29, 2012 that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland.
|Cleveland Patrolman Michael Brelo|
Brelo has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.