Homeland Stupidity

Death of liberty: Judge revokes bond in Baumgartner blogging case

Breaking news courtesy of Hammer of Truth: Inexplicably, the judge in the Elsebeth Baumgartner case, where she faces criminal charges for blowing the whistle on a corrupt Ohio judge, revoked Baumgartner’s bond and ordered her arrested.

Former attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner’s bond has been revoked by Cuyahoga County Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold. While leaving the bench after arbitrarily denying Baumgartner’s written motion for a continuance, Baumgartner stated in a conversational tone: “I’ll be amending the affidavit of bias–” Saffold stopped, turned back toward the bench and proclaimed, “All right we’re going back on the record — Deputy arrest her. I’m revoking her bond.”

The arrest occurred shortly after Prosecutor Daniel Kasaris advised the court that the case was stayed pending a decision from the Ohio Supreme Court on an affidavit of bias Baumgartner had filed against Saffold early last week.

Earlier in the hearing, Baumgartner’s co-defendant Bryan DuBois, a former Marine and aspiring journalist Baumgartner had hired to document her case on the Internet — had discharged his attorney Richard Olivito and requested as much time as possible from the judge to obtain new counsel and “bring him up to speed about the case.” Saffold specifically stated that after the Supreme Court rules on the affidavit of bias, she would be proceeding to trial within 30 minutes of the decision.

“How is Judge Saffold so sure that the Supreme Court will keep her on the case? Is she inferring that she knows something that the rest of us don’t know?” said DuBois’ attorney Richard Olivito. — Erie Voices

This is a very interesting case. Ohio is apparently not somewhere you want to be, if you want to have anything approaching a fair trial.