2012 CP G Digital Dossier: Wade, Edward

2012 CP G Digital Dossier, Wade, Edward

I.          Personal Information

Name:  Ed Wade

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: September 7, 1947

Political Party Affiliation: Independent

Home Address: Unknown

Spouse/Significant Other:  Meredith

Children:   One, though they raised a relative's child as well.

Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Pro Bono)

Sponsored and Coach Warrensville Basketball League Team

Helped start and create the Buckeye Fitness Center (an inner city fitness facility).

Annual donor to the Turkey Drive of St. Augustine Church Salvation Army and various other
institutions.

Member of the Ohio Bar Member of the federal Bar

Member of Norman Minor Bar Association

(http://edwadecares.org/biography-of-edward-“ed”-wade-jr)

 

II.        Educational History

Parkwood Elementary School

Patrick Henry Junior High School

Glenville High School

Cuyahoga Community College

National Criminal Defense College

University of Dayton

Howard University Law School        

III.       Professional Background

Date first admitted to bar: 1975 (Ohio)

Disciplinary history:   See below.

Legal Experience:  

City Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland (1975-77)

Private Practice (1975-Present)

Worked for the Board of Tax Appeals

Worked for Military JAG

(http://edwadecares.org/biography-of-edward-“ed”-wade-jr)

Other Employment History: 

 

 

IV.       Criminal Record and Civil Court Involvement

Criminal Record: None found.

Civil Litigation:  Yes

Case: JULIANA A. ASANTE vs. EDWARD S. WADE JR. ET AL

Tort- Legal Malpractice

Date: 08/28/2009

Case No.: CV-08-653344

 

Case: WILFRED L. ANDERSON vs. EDWARD S. WADE JR. ESQ

Tort- Legal Malpractice

Date: 04/09/2012

Case No.: CV-12-780001

 

Case: OLD REPUBLICK SURETY CO. vs. EDWARD S WADE JR

JUDGMENT LIEN - CUYAHOGA CP

Date: 10/30/2001

Case No.: JL-01-158487

 

Case: CRUZ CASTILLO #454-417 vs. EDWARD WADE

TORT-LEGAL MALPRACTICE

Date: 04/28/2006

Case No.: CV-04-544775

 

Case: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ETC NOT IN ITS INDI vs. CHERIE A JONES ET AL

FORECLOSURE MARSH. OF LIEN

Date: 07/19/2002

Case No.: CV-02-460688

 

Case: CRUZ CASTILLO vs. EDWARD WADE

N/A

Date: 03/29/2005

Case No.: CA-05-086175

 

Case: STATE OF OHIO vs. EDWARD & MEREDITH WADE JR

JUDGMENT LIEN - CUYAHOGA CP

Date: 08/11/1997

Case No.: JL-97-067317; JL-97-067318; JL-97-067319

 

Case: OLD REPUBLICK SURETY CO. vs. EDWARD S WADE JR

JUDGMENT LIEN - CUYAHOGA CP

Date: 10/30/2001

Case No.: JL-01-158487

 

Case: GAUL,FRANCIS E.-AS TREASURER OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY OH vs. GREGORY H JONES ET AL

TAX FORECLOSURE

Date: 01/08/1990

Case No.: CV-90-182065

 

Case EDWARD S WADE JR ET AL vs. GREGORY H JONES

CONTRACT – OTHER

Date: 08/26/1992

Case No.: CV-92-237745

 

Case: NATIONAL MORTGAGE COMPANY vs. GREGORY H JONES ET AL

FORECLOSURE MARSH. OF LIEN

Date: 04/12/1993

Case No.: CV-93-250293

 

Case: FIRST NATIONWIDE BANK-ETC SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY vs. GREGORY JONES ET AL

FORECLOSURE MARSH. OF LIEN

Date: 05/12/1993

Case No.: CV-93-251923

 

Case: CLIFFORD DAVIS vs. EDWARD S WADE ET AL

MISCELLANEOUS – OTHER

Date: 06/18/1993

Case No.: CV-93-253924

 

Case: FRANCIS E GAUL AS TREASURER OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY OHI vs. SARAH MOORE ET AL

TAX FORECLOSURE

Date: 08/25/1994

Case No.: CV-94-275947

 

Case: THE MICHIE COMPANY vs. EDWARD S WADE JR

CONTRACT - BUSINESS

Date: 06/29/1995

Case No: CV-95-291709

 

Case: FRANCIS E GAUL AS TREASURER OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY OHI vs. EDWARD S WADE JR ET AL

Tax Foreclosure

Date: 08/18/1995

Case No: CV-95-294078

 

Case: BENEFICIAL MORTGAGE CO OF OHIO vs. WILLIE JOE KING ET AL

FORECLOSURE MARSH. OF LIEN

Date: 05/24/1996

Case No: CV-96-309181

 

Case: JAMES ROKAKIS AS TREASURER OF OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY O vs. EDWARD S WADE JR ET AL

TAX FORECLOSURE

Date: 07/23/1997

Case No: CV-97-337837

 

Case: WILLIE JO PEAK ADMRX EST OF JAMES C WILLIAMS DEC'D vs. EDWARD S WADE JR ET AL

TORT-OTHER MALPRACTICE

Date: 08/25/1997

Case No: CV-97-339348

 

Case: EDWARD S WADE JR vs. WORLD CARS INC-ET AL

CONTRACT - OTHER

Date: 02/13/1998

Case No: CV-98-349003

 

Case: JAMES ROKAKIS AS TREASURER OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY OHIO vs. ANGRE FINANCIAL CORPORATION ET AL

TAX FORECLOSURE

Date: 06/03/1998

Case No: CV-98-356795

 

Case: MIDFIRST BANK vs. EDWARD S WADE JR ET AL

FORECLOSURE MARSH. OF LIEN

Date: 02/16/1999

Case No: CV-99-376756

 

Case: STATE OF OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION vs. DONALD PEPPERS ET AL

MISCELLANEOUS - OTHER

Date: 07/16/1999

Case No: CV-99-387638

 

Case: KEY BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION vs. EDWARD S WADE JR ET AL

FORECLOSURE MARSH. OF LIEN

Date: 12/15/2000

Case No: CV-00-425403

 

Case: PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES, LLC vs. EDWARD S. WADE JR., ET AL

TAX CERTIFICATE FORECLOSURE

Date: 03/14/2006

Case No: CV-06-586613

 

Case: PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES LLC vs. EDWARD S. WADE JR. ETAL

TAX CERTIFICATE FORECLOSURE

Date: 01/07/2011

Case No: CV-08-647452

 

Case: TREASURER OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO vs. EDWARD S. WADE JR., ET AL

TAX FORECLOSURE

Date: 08/15/2011

Case No: CV-11-761995

 

 

Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas (http://cpdocket.cp.cuyahogacounty.us/p_NameSearch.aspx)

 

Bankruptcies: Wade has faced several state and federal liens for unpaid taxes, including a nearly $113,000 lien filed in 2007, public records show. Wade has also fended off several times foreclosure action on his Cleveland home that was triggered by unpaid property taxes.

He's has worked out payment plans with IRS and the liens have been lifted. He has also settled his property tax issues. (http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2012/04/cuyahoga_county_prosecutors_ra_1.html)

 

Ethical Issues:  Please see list of grievances below. 

V.        Campaign Information

Campaign Address: Committee to Elect Ed Wade Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, 75 Public Square, #1101, Cleveland, OH 44113

Campaign Officers/Participants: Michael Winston, Treasurer

Prior Campaigns:  Cleveland Municipal Court, 2011.

Prior Elected Offices: No

Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations (as of 9/14/2012): None

 


Response to Questionnaire:

1. Integrity

  1. Have you ever held a position, public or private, where you were required to report gifts made to you or expenditures made on your behalf? If so, when and where?

No

  1. Has a complaint ever been filed against you, or any campaign committee acting on your behalf, in the Ohio Elections Commission, or Federal Elections Commission?

No

  1. What is the current balance in your campaign account? How much have you spent on your campaign? Please identify the five individuals who have contributed the most to your campaign.

James Boston, Raymond Wade, Robert Smith, III, Elijah Witten, Barry King.

  1. Have charges of professional misconduct been filed against you, including, if you have formerly served as a prosecutor, charges of prosecutorial misconduct? If so, please explain the relevant circumstances.

    Mr. Wade provided a letter from the State Bar that provided the following information:

Grievance No. 91-1030 was filed with this office by David Graham on June 10, 1991. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on June 27, 1991 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. 94-0706 was filed with this office by Steven Hill on March 16, 1994. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on April 25, 1994 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. 95-1064 was filed with this office by Regina S. Fields on April 25, 1995. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on May 31, 1995 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. 98-0678 was filed with this office by Jose Salazar on March 5, 1998. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on June 22, 1998 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. 98-3681 was filed with this office by Kim Hansen on December 24, 1998. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on May 6, 1999 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. 99-1051 was filed with this office by Urlin Morris on April 2, 1999. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on December 17, 1999 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. 91-1030 was filed with this office by William L. Kimbrough on December 9, 1999. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on January 7, 2000 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A0-1062 was filed with this office by Antonio Rodriguez on April 7, 2000. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on April 19, 2000 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A1-1197 was filed with this office from April 27, 2001 to October 29, 2001. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A1-1397 was filed with this office by William W. Boyd on May 17, 2001. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on August 6, 2001 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A2-0974 was filed with this office by Tyrone A. White on April 4, 2002. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on August 26, 2002 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A3-0009 was filed with this office by Curtis Freed on January 6, 2003. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on January 8, 2003 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A3-0750 was filed with this office by Alex Scott on March 25, 2003. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on April 11, 2003 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A3-2385 was filed with this office by Tony Alexander on October 2, 2003. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on October 15, 2003 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A4-0143 was filed with this office by Tony Alexander on January 20, 2004. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on February 13, 2004 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A4-2113 was filed with this office by Clarence Perry on August 30, 2004. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on September 14, 2004 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A4-2697 was filed with this office by Manuel N. Garcia on November 1, 2004. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on November 10, 2004 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A5-1507 was filed with this office by Cruz Castillo on June 17, 2005. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on July 12, 2005 with no violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Grievance No. A7-0912 was filed with this office by Robert D. Wright on April 10, 2007. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on May 17, 2007 with no violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.

Grievance No. A7-2863 was filed with this office by Juliana A. Asante on October 16, 2007. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on February 13, 2009 with no violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.

Grievance No. A9-1793 was filed with this office by Eldon E. Glick on July 23, 2009. The grievance was investigated and dismissed by our office on September 14, 2009 with no violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.

Grievance No. B0-0705 was filed with this office by Maurice Cannon on March 9, 2010. The matter was transferred to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for review.

 

  1. In the last ten years, have you been a party to any civil lawsuit? If yes, please provide the case name and nature of the suit.

    In response to this question, Mr. Wade provided a list of cases, which we have posted above.

 

  1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor misdemeanor? If yes, please provide the year and jurisdiction of the conviction.

No.

II. Transparency

  1. What steps do you believe can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier?

All public records should, in fact, be public. Minimally, this would require the County Prosecutor having full access to all forms of social media with which the public is involved. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, although the most popular are by no means the only way of communicating. The prosecutor should make use of this technology to be aware and make the public aware of all “public” development.

  1. What steps do you believe can be taken to make the operation of the Prosecutor's office more transparent?

Publishing a report of the number of cases and their dispositions.

  1. Did you support the recent changes to permit more open discovery in criminal cases?

Explain your position.

Yes


III. Efficiency

10. Did you support Issue 6, the passage of which in 2009 resulted in the present structure of government in Cuyahoga County? Explain why you held the position that you did at the time.

The recent slew of convictions of numerous public officials emphasized the need to address a corrupt, outdated system. More than anything else, Issue 6 enabled the public to have more direct involvement with their government.

11. Do you perceive opportunities for cooperation between local and county prosecutors that may result in greater efficiency and reduced costs?

Although the County Prosecutor is the chief lawyer for the County, the County Prosecutor’s ability to fulfill his or her obligations is dependent on cooperation and interaction with local law enforcement, administrators, and prosecutors.

IV. Competence

12.Describe your experience working in the criminal justice system.

37 years as a Criminal Trial Attorney, initially as a prosecutor and for the last 35 years as a defense attorney.

13. Have you ever run for or held public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election.

Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court

14. Describe your experience in administering or managing an organization, and provide details relating to the size and nature of the organization:

A small law practice consisting of four employees.

15. Have you participated in preparing a budget for a business, government organization, or non-profit organization? If so, please generally describe that experience. No

16. Have you dealt with public finance issues (i.e, predicting tax revenues, bond issuance, etc.) in any prior position? Describe your experience in public finance. If such experience is limited, please describe related experience. No

17. Have you, or any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, ever filed for bankruptcy. When, where?

Yes, in 1986 in Cuyahoga County.

18.In any prior position, have you developed, implemented or been in charge of enforcing ethics policy for employees? If so, please) describe.

As a managing attorney for my firm, I developed a conflict and full-disclosure policy for all employees and attorneys.

19. Have you ever held a public position where you managed employees who were subject to civil service laws. When? Where? No

20. Have you ever held a public or private position where you managed employees who were subject to a collective bargaining agreement? When, Where? No.

V. Policy

21. What philosophy will you follow in choosing to reach a plea agreement with a criminal defendant rather than proceeding to trial?

I will evaluate the case to wit, its strengths and weaknesses; the defendant’s criminal history (excluding arrests) and their background. I will also seek input from the Victim’s and the policy to guide me in the plea bargain process. I believe that the real function of the prosecutor is to administer justice, not just win convictions. The County Prosecutor has the ability to affect the lives of people who are, in fact, entitled to the “presumption of innocence.” Under these circumstances, the decision to “plea bargain” a case, as opposed to required a plea to the indictment or information, should only be considered after careful consideration of all of the facts and the potential ramification for the defendant, the victim, and the public.

22. Do you believe, as a matter of policy and without regard to the status of existing law, that civil litigation involving the County is best handled by the office of the prosecutor rather than the office of the law director? Please explain your position.

Under Ohio Law, the County Prosecutor is the chief law enforcement officer for the County. However, there should be full cooperation with all other law enforcement officials, including municipal law directors as well as the county law director.

23. Should the County Prosecutor be investigating any unresolved issues relating to public corruption? If so, which open issues?

The County Prosecutor is obligated to prosecutor all criminal activity, including but not limited to public corruption. Under these circumstances, should any “unresolved issues” relating to public corruption exist, the County Prosecutor should, most definitely investigate and prosecute the persons involved with public corruption without regard to status, party affiliation or employment.

24. Are there areas where the County Prosecutor can trim its budget while maintaining the office's ability to pursue its obligations?

All employees should be trained in the use of electronic and digital media. The use of flash drives, discs, etc., should eliminate the cost of supplies and make the planet “greener.” If employees are more efficient the need for overtime should also decrease.

25.If you are elected, what will be your top three goals as Prosecutor?

  1. Eliminate the practice of overcharging to influence a plea. 2. Increase the professionalism of all employees, especially assistant county prosecutors. 3. Develop a better working relationship with law enforcement officials throughout the county.
  2. What are the most important steps that can be taken by the County Prosecutor to prevent the type of corruption that has recently taken place in local, county, and special governments?

Transparency and openness with full disclosure of policies, objective and achievements on a quarterly basis would be a good first step in avoiding the opportunity for corruption to fester. Secondly, it should be a stated policy indicating persons doing business with any law enforcement agency will not be accepted. Finally, the culture of corruption that existed in Cuyahoga County did not occur overnight. The public must be constantly reminded of both the rights and responsibilities of holding public officials.

27. Do you support the proposed change to state law that would give prosecutors the right to demand a trial by jury?

No. The system by which the defendant is presumed innocent and the burden rests with the state, there should be no need for the state to have the right to a trial by jury.

. 28. Has the system changed adequately in response to the revelations following the arrest of Anthony Sowell on the issue of responsiveness to allegations of sexual assault? What more, if anything, should be done?

Steps have been taken to improve the situation. However, no system is perfect, and unfortunately, sexism, poverty and, to a degree, racism still taints the system and deprives women, the poor, and minorities of equal opportunity to have their case properly considered, thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate, vigorously prosecuted.