Former City of Lorain Safety Service Director Craig Miller was in court today to be sentenced after being found guilty last month by a jury of Obstruction of Justice.
The Prosecutor, Anthony Cillo, took â€œumbrageâ€ with the letters that were sent in support of Miller by Officials who sent their letters on government letterhead…â€œItâ€™s not proper for another public official (Mayor Craig Foltin) to try and use his influence and his letterhead, when the city lost money, to try and get this court to reinstitute a misdemeanor that was not even available.â€
“The last community control sanction I am going to impose will be 10 days in Lorain County Correctional Facility. Those will be served beginning this date sir. That is not necessarily for a question of specific deterrence, in other words I am not doing it because I think it will stop you from committing the offense in the future. I think, as indicated by your attorneys, your abject humiliation, the problems youâ€™re going to have with employment in your chosen field in the future, those are all things that will remind you daily of the mistake you made. But itâ€™s for others as well. Perhaps some of those others who wrote letters to this court, for them to reflect on what they say and what they do when they take those steps as public officials.”
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Damn! Looks like being a good friend of Craig Foltin, who is running against Betty SuttonÂ in the Â 13th U.S. House District, can result in jail time.Â
Any lawyers/judges/legal buffs out there — do you know of another instance where aÂ character letter written in support of a defendant (or ‘convict’ might be the right term at this stage of the trial) resulted in a harsher sentence?