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11-24-2010, 11:02 PM

A $2 million harassment lawsuit has been filed by two Mansfield residents against former state parole officer John Mayer and a slew of "powerful friends" in Richland County.

The 95-page suit, filed Friday under the federal racketeering statute, claims Mayer and others in the local justice system harassed Jennifer Leech and Edwin Griffeth. Leech is Mayer's ex-wife and Griffeth is her friend, on parole.

John Mayer was fired from his job with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for actions during a November 2008 arrest of Griffeth, who he was convinced was involved with his ex-wife

12-09-2010, 07:59 PM
Wow is all I can say. Just goes to show that a lot of our employees working in our justice system are corrupt and criminals themselves.

10-31-2011, 01:41 AM|mostcom

Ex-parole supervisor John Mayer released from federal lawsuit

Judge DeWeese only person still named in suit involving eviction

Former Adult Parole Authority supervisor John Mayer was dismissed Friday from a federal lawsuit filed by his ex-wife and a probationer who claim Mayer stalked and harassed them.
"I appreciate the Attorney General's job in representing me and getting this dismissed," Mayer said Monday.
The former parole supervisor said an administrative hearing will be held Wednesday in Columbus on an appeal designed to help him get his state job back.
In a court order Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James S. Gwin said Mayer was immune from being sued for unlawful arrest through his official capacity as a state employee.
In 2010, Jennifer Leech and Edwin Griffeth brought 12 counts against 27 defendants in a lawsuit alleging violations of their rights under state and federal law. They claimed conspiracy under racketeering laws by officials including Mayer (Leech's ex-husband), Richland County Common Pleas Court Judge James DeWeese, several APA employees, Prosecutor James J. Mayer Jr., Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon, and law officers working for the City of Mansfield and Village of Bellville.
In his ruling Friday, Gwin said the two plaintiffs failed to meet the burden of proof to show Mayer was not entitled to immunity.
"In no way does this court condone defendant Mayer's actions. An arrest with sufficient probable cause, however, does not violate the Fourth Amendment's guarantees, even when founded upon a violation of questionable community controls," the judge wrote.
The judge noted he had already dismissed all other APA defendants from the lawsuit.

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