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Ohio Democrat Judge Using Coingate Trial For Political Advantage

Tom Noe, the man who may have single handedly destroyed the Ohio Republican Party is on trial today for stealing $2.2 million dollars from the coin investment fund he ran for the state of Ohio.

With only four weeks to the day before Election Day, it's interesting timing for the trial, isn't it? A variety of media outlets have noted this as well:

The Toledo Blade:

For Democrats, the Tom Noe trial that begins this morning is more grist for the mill that they hope leads to victory Nov. 7.


For Republicans, it will be a weeks-long reminder of the pain their party has endured since the Noe scandal began unfolding more than 18 months ago.

CBS News:

Just a month before the elections, a former Republican fundraising star is set to go on trial on charges that he stole millions of dollars from a state investment in rare coins.


The timing couldn't be worse for the GOP. Democrats, who haven't won a statewide executive office since 1990, are poised to take back the governor's office and are in position to win a majority of the five statewide races, according to recent polls.

National Democratic leaders also are watching closely because Ohio again is widely expected to play a key role in picking the next president. The party believes that if it can capture Ohio's governor's office, it will have a better shot at winning the state in 2008.

The trial of Tom Noe will shine a spotlight on Republican Party problems even though its leaders have worked to distance themselves from the former coin dealer who managed the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's $50 million rare coin investment.

Akron Beacon Journal:

Just a month before Ohioans elect a new governor, a former Republican fundraising star is to go on trial on charges that he stole millions of dollars from a state investment in rare coins.


The timing couldn't be worse for GOP leaders struggling to maintain the party's control over state government.

Democrats, who haven't won a statewide executive office since 1990, are poised to take back the governor's office and are in position to win a majority of the five statewide races based on recent polls.

And note the rest of the articles in the same vein at Ask.com.

So, how did the trial get scheduled at such a convenient time for the Democrats? If you guessed politics were involved, you guessed right. The presiding judge, a Democrat of course, chose to hear the case a mere four weeks to the day before Election Day. In addition to Judge Osowik being a Democrat, he's also running for office himself this year. He's in a race for Ohio's Sixth District Court of Appeals against Republican Judge Dennis Parish. So, not only will Noe's case give the Ohio Dems running for the US Senate and House a political advantage by having this case and Tom Noe's Republican affiliation splashed all over the Ohio news daily, but Judge Osowik has guaranteed that his name will be in all the newspapers and television news reports in Ohio's sixth district from today to election day.

How convenient for him and the Democrats.

Update: Blogical Conclusions also weighs in on the trial's timing and offers more commentary for Ohio voters.


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Comments (15)

I think everything should b... (Below threshold)
Kapow:

I think everything should be postponed until after the elcetion. How dare someone go on trial just before an election - I mean come on!

The Republicans feigning "s... (Below threshold)
Lee:

The Republicans feigning "shock" at the fact that moves are being made with politics in mind is just more right-wing hypocrisy. Pure baloney on the part of the ethically-challenged lying right.

Let's get this on the record - there is an election in 18 days and both parties will do all they can to win. Well, duh!

To suggest that the Republcians wouldn't do the same as the Democrats in this situation, and still may in the 28 days left, is pure Baloney. Rove has warned repeatedly about his upcoming "October Suprise". Everyone knows its coming... quit lying.

Sorry for the typo - I mean... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Sorry for the typo - I meant to write 28 days instead of 18.

So, once again, a Republica... (Below threshold)
TJ:

So, once again, a Republican breaks the Law (as well as the trust of his constituents) and somehow its the Democrats fault.

Yeah, there was probably politics involved in the timing of the trial. What are the Republicans going to do, cry about it? Waaaaaahhh, they're playing POLITICS. . . Waaaaahhhh.

Tell the Ohio Republicans to toughen up, the bunch of sissies.

I wonder who will be crying... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

I wonder who will be crying after the elections?

A Republican commits crimes... (Below threshold)
Brian:

A Republican commits crimes for political gain, and your complaint is that the trial provides political gain for the Dems?

How convenient for him and the Democrats.

Yes, it is very convenient for Democrats that Republicans keep committing felonies. In fact, in the coming weeks, we plan to have several more of them commit felonies. Karl Rove is working for us now! Bwaa-ha-ha-ha!

I want to here Kim talk mor... (Below threshold)
jp2:

I want to here Kim talk more about logarithms.

"I wonder who will be cr... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"I wonder who will be crying after the elections?"

Well, there's plenty of time for Rove dirty tricks, and the Republicans do have Dieblod in their pocket, but here's how things shape up so far, Vagabond.

Fully 53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power. If the election were held today, 51 percent of likely voters would vote for the Democrat in their district versus 39 percent who would vote for the Republican.

Hey bigmouths,, A trial mea... (Below threshold)
914:

Hey bigmouths,, A trial means just that! Not guilty of anything yet you pions.

A trial means just that!... (Below threshold)
Brian:

A trial means just that! Not guilty of anything yet you pions.

Ah! So in that case, you must also favor trials for American citizens suspected of being terrorists, since you agree that they are not guilty of anything yet.

And I'm more of a positron than a pion.

When your agenda consist on... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

When your agenda consist only of 'we can do it better' , you have to resort to whatever slime you have in your pocket. The democrats don't even have a clue as to how to run this country but they want to be in charge. It (the democrats) is a joke, isn't it.

With only four weeks to ... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

With only four weeks to the day before Election Day, it's interesting timing for the trial, isn't it?

Sure. Just like those suddenly reduced gas prices, from $3 and change to $2 and change -- right before the election.

Stick around; you'll see many things in the next few weeks.

And you'll try to deny most of it.

Astigafa, if you have a pro... (Below threshold)

Astigafa, if you have a problem with oil prices, then jump OPEC's case and throw a fit at the law of supply and demand. Read a book, pal. Any book.

The last time I checked, Tom Noe has never been elected to public office. In addition, he's being punished for his wrongdoings. Yes, he's on trial and hasn't been convicted of anything yet, but he'll most likely be going to jail for something.

The big difference with Republicans and Democrats is, Republicans don't get rewarded for misdeeds; they get what's rightly coming to them.

Brian the positron, Of cour... (Below threshold)
914:

Brian the positron, Of course I favor trials for american citizens accused of any crime?

I do not however favor american courts to try known foreigner terrorists. I think military tribunals are just fine for that.

The pion comment was not directed at Your comment by the way..

Of course I favor trials... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Of course I favor trials for american citizens accused of any crime?

Well, Bush's detainee bill awaiting his signature (which won't come until after the election, wouldn'tcha bet?) gives him the authority to designate an American citizen as an "enemy combatant" and hold them indefinitely, without habeas corpus rights, and without charges.

(Not to throw this thread off-topic, but your previous post just left too big an opening for me to point this out.)




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