This Week in the CLE Sept. 12, 2019

We’ve got three anomalies so far in the criminal investigations into Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s 22-year-old grandson, and we talk about the lack of explanations for them on the latest episode of This Week in the CLE.


Cohost Laura Johnston and I talk with reporter Adam Ferrise about all three: the questionable explanation by the city prosecutor’s office for not charging Jackson’s grandson, the decision by police to turn off their body cameras when visiting the mayor’s home to find the grandson, and the failure of police to arrest the grandson on the night of the homicide they were investigating.


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We also talk with Adam about County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s call for having an agency other than Cleveland police, who answer to the mayor, investigate Frank Q. Jackson, the mayor’s 22-yearold grandson.


Adam also provides perspective on a piece he wrote contrasting the mayor’s efforts over the years to stem gun violence with the arrival of these issues at his house.


The exclusive intertview with the mayor by’s Bob Higgs, in which the mayor says neither he nor his staff has interfered with any investigations, also gets discussed


Cuyahoga County reporter Courtney Astolfi joins us to talk about a visit to by the new team handling much-needed reforms at the Cuyahoga County jail. Courtney wrote about a long list of improvements that the team claims to have made as well as the long list of needs still to be met.


Courtney also discusses a new subpoena in the long-running criminal investigation of Cuyahoga County and what it means for the part of the investigation focused on the jail.


We ask Courtney about the latest developments in a process that could bring us a new jail. One involves the costs of delaying that decision, and the other involves just how big a new jail should be.


Related to the criminal investigation, Courtney has Budish’s answers as to why he thinks he can use his campaign fund to pay his legal bills in the case. Budish is not charged with any crime, but investigators clearly have focused on him. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections questioned his use of his election fund to pay the lawyers, and Budish lays out his... For information regarding your data privacy, visit