|SAM MALONE ON TRIAL FOR BEATING HIS SON: JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS CASE|
We at The Black Fist have been quietly monitoring the child beating case/trial of former Cincinnati City Councilman Sam Malone (R). As of this day General Nikki X has not publicly commented on this case. Now is the time. I personally feel Sam Malone disciplined his 14 year old son the way a good father is suppose too. I also feel the father Sam Malone may have (and I stress the words may have) gone too far. I was not there as most of you out there reading this was not there, I will not stand in judgement of Sam's parenting skills nor will I stand in judgement of his 14 year old son and/or the sons' deceased mothers' side of the family. There have been alot of allegations thrown around in the media about financial motivation to push this case forward, to see Sam Malone imprisoned, to see Sam out of the way so the sons' mothers' side of the family can receive custody of the 14 year old boy so that side of the family can also recieve the monies due this child due to his mother's untimely death a few years ago.
In any event, I felt it was best to state what I do know before I reprint what it being reported in today's Cincinnati Post By Post Staff Reporter Tony Cook.
This is another Black Fist News Update:
Prosecutors won a small victory in former Cincinnati City Councilman Sam Malone' Domestic abuse trial Tuesday when a judge refused to dismiss the charge after prosecutors wound up their case.
The decision came after a Cincinnati police officer testified that the beating with a belt that Malone gave his 14-year-old son May 13 at their Walnut Hills home was the worst domestic violence case he had ever witnessed.
"In the past situations where I have been on runs, I have been able to observe injuries to the extent (Malone's son) had," said Officer James Matthews, who was the first to answer a 911 call from Malone's home.
Matthews said he has been on more than 100 domestic violence runs during three years on the force.
Other officers - including Capt. David Bailey, at the time a department night chief - also saw the welts, said Matthews. Police then decided to charge Malone with domestic violence.
In asking Hamilton County Municiple Judge Russell Mock to dismiss the charge after prosecutors rested their case, Malone's attorney, Hal Arenstein, argued that an Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals opinion allows parents to cause some physical harm to their children as long as the discipline is "reasonable and prudent" and does not create "a risk of death, serious injury, or substantial pain."
"If he had been in such distress, we know he would have been transported to the hospital by the fire department," Arenstein said of Malone's son.
Indeed, police acknowledged that protocol dictates they call the fire department if they think a victim needs medical attention.
Instead, officers stayed on the scene for about 1 1/2 hours before allowing the boy's uncle to take him to the hospital, where he was released after a 30-mintue examination.
Malone meted the punishment after the boy didn't check in with teachers at the appropriate time earlier in the day during an eighth-grade field trip to Paramount's Kings Island theme park in Mason.
The teen had had problems earlier in that school year, with his grades dropping to mostly F's, and had served two detentions and received 10 academic referrals for not doing his work. He sometimes forged his father's signature on those school documents.
The judge said he agreed with Arenstein's interpretation of the appeals court decision, but said the hospital photographs and the boy's testimony Monday left open the question of whether Malone inflicted substantial pain in the beating.
Arenstein then began calling defense witnesses, among them Malone's mentor and his mother, who testified they had never seen any evidence Malone abused his son and that Malone's parenting seemed appropriate to them.
Malone, 35, is facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge for the beating that left what appeared in hospital photographs to be welts on his sons' back, stomach, arms and legs. The boy has lived with Malone since the boy's mother died in a car accident three years ago.
The charges against Malone - a Navy veteran and former competitive boxer who lost his bid for re-election to Council Nov.8 - carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
The trial is expected to wrap up today.
The Question The Black Fist pose to our readers is this:
It seems to the general [black] public that when a "Black" politician who is a republican has a bit of trouble whether it be with the law or personal indiscretion(s) they are left with their asses swinging in the wind and their black faces even blacker with shame and defeat.
But when it comes to a white politican who is a republican and has the same type of "troubles" as mentioned above with the black politician, It's (insert the music of the Lone Ranger here) "On to the rescue!!!" And that white republican is like a cat with 9 lives who subsequently lands on all 4's, Or should I say both feet?
Can race be playing a part in all of this political bullshit ~OR~ Is it like I've heard so many times before from the mouths of Black Republicans, "We don't see race in the Republican party, we are the party of inclusion."
I'm raising the questions but your Comments and Opinions are what we want to hear on this very serious subject of domestic abuse!You tell us, You decide!
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