2016 CP P(D) Digital Dossier McGinty Timothy

2016 CP P(D) Digital Dossier McGinty Timothy

Video of our interview with Mr. McGinty is available here

I. Personal Information

Name: Timothy J. McGinty

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day: 64

Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

Home Address: Cleveland

Spouse/Significant Other: Ellen Sullivan

Children: Patrick and Kathleen

Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

Chairman of the “Cleveland-West Park Police and Firefighter Memorial Walkway” and monument on Rocky River Dr. Honors the heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty (2000-2003)

Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center, Board of Trustees (2009-present)

St. Edward High School, Board of Trustees (1995-present)

Began the Justice System Reform program in 2005 with JMI best practices study

Served since 1993 on Ohio Supreme Court, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association committees

Championed legislation in Ohio that significantly raised the mandatory prison sentences for felons involved in dangerous car chases in order to deter future car chases and save lives

Formed the Balanced Judiciary Project which created opportunities for minorities to run for judicial office (1998-2000)

Leadership Cleveland Class of 2002

1989 FBI National Law Institute For Prosecutors, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1987 FBI Financial Crime Investigations

1998 U.S. State Dept. American Constitutional Law instructor, Zimbabwe, Africa

Law and Economic Institute courses at University of Kansas, Northwestern University, Chapman University, and the Brookings Institute

Lectured at Law Schools including Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and CWRU

Co-chair of Cleveland Police ID Task Force (2003)

Active moot court judge and instructor (1993-2010)

II. Educational History

St. Edward High School (1969)

Heidelberg University (1972, B.A. Political Science and History)

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1981, Juris Doctor)

University of Nevada, Reno (2000, Masters, Judicial Studies)

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government (2001)

National Judicial College, Certificate in Judicial Development (1993-2003)


III. Professional Background

Date first admitted to bar: November 6, 1981 (Ohio) (http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/AttySvcs/AttyReg/Public_AttorneyDetails.asp?ID=0024626)

Disciplinary history: None (http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/AttySvcs/AttyReg/Public_AttorneyDetails.asp?ID=0024626)

Legal Experience:

2012 - date  Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

1993-2010 Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

1982-92 Assistant County Prosecutor

Other Employment History:

1973-81 Probation Officer

IV. Criminal Record and Civil Court Involvement

Criminal Record: See questionnaire response below regarding drunk driving conviction.

Civil Litigation: No personal litigation found.

Bankruptcies: None found.

Ethical Issues:

            The Citizens League has found the following cases where a defendant accused Mr. McGinty of misconduct during his tenure as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.  Copies of these cases are available upon request.

  1. In State of Ohio v. Canitia, No. 62492/62639, 1993 Ohio App. LEXIS 3119, at *22 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. June 17, 1993), the defendant contended that Mr. McGinty’s use of “past acts” character evidence to prove violent tendencies constituted misconduct.  The majority of the judges on the Eighth District’s panel disagreed.  One judge, in a concurring opinion, agreed with the defendant, but stated that any such misconduct was not prejudicial.
  2. In State of Ohio v. Glover, No. 55880, 1190 Ohio App. LEXIS 5465 (Ohio App. 8 Dist., Dec. 13, 1990), the defendant contended that Mr. McGinty engaged in misconduct by improperly questioning a police officer.  The Eighth District indicated that the comments were borderline, but that if they were improper, they were not prejudicial.
  3. In State of Ohio v. Marbury, No. 52848, 1987 Ohio App. LEXIS 9366, at *21, *22 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. Oct. 29 1987), the defendant alleged that Mr. McGinty engaged in misconduct both before and during trial.  The defendant alleged that before trial Mr. McGinty impermissibly pursued a charge of impersonating a police officer in bad faith in order to make charges of obstruction easier, and that he supplied false information to the probation department for use in a presentencing report.  The defendant alleged that during trial Mr. McGinty impermissibly commented on defendant’s post-arrest silence, presented irrelevant and inflammatory evidence, and used inflammatory and prejudicial language in closing argument.  The Eighth District stated that the pre-trial conduct was likely improper and subject to disciplinary action from the Supreme Court, and that the comments during closing argument were improper.  The Court concluded, however, that the misconduct did not result in an unfair trial.
  4. In State of Ohio v. Acks, No. 50346, 1986 Ohio App. LEXIS 7013, at *5, *6,  (Ohio App. 8 Dist. June 5, 1986), the defendant contended that Mr. McGinty engaged in misconduct by commenting on the credibility of a witness and impermissibly referring to evidence that the trial court had excluded.  The Eighth District determined that the comment about credibility was improper but an instruction from the court mitigated any prejudice.  The court also determined that the reference to excluded evidence did not result in an unfair trial.  In a dissenting opinion, one judge stated that the trial was in fact unfair as a result of misconduct.
  5. In State of Ohio v. Peters, 2007 Ohio 1285; 2007 Ohio App. LEXIS 1181(Ohio App. 8th Dist., May 22, 2007), the defendant contended that Mr. McGinty engaged in misconduct by failing to disclose evidence.  The appellate court found that the defense knew of the evidence before trial. See also State of Ohio v. Peters (June 7, 1990), Cuyahoga App. No. 57063, 1990 Ohio App. LEXIS 2274; State of Ohio v. Peters (July 15, 1993), Cuyahoga App. No. 63169, 1993 Ohio App. LEXIS 3512.
  6. In State of Ohio v. Martin, No. 58648, 1990 Ohio App. LEXIS 5389, at *9 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. Dec. 6, 1990) the defendant alleged that Mr. McGinty offered improper evidence of character and engaged in improper cross-examination by asking questions without a good faith basis to do so.  The court stated that the prosecutor’s comments where he referred to the defendant as "mealy mouthed", "disturbed", and "manipulative" and “where ‘the prosecutor drew an analogy by comparing [a witness who testified against the defendant] to Jessie Owens standing up to the racism of the ‘fuhrer’ in Nazi, Germany,” were improper.  Even so, the court determined that the conduct did not result in an unfair trial.  In a concurring opinion, Judge Corrigan stated that comments “made to inflame the passions of the jury and improperly impugn a defendant's character, as made during the course of the proceedings below, could lead to our reversal of criminal convictions supported by less substantial evidence.” Judge Corrigan goes on to state that such tactics “constitute a disservice to the office and the citizens that the prosecutor represents.”  Martin filed a subsequent appeal in federal court, and there the court agreed that Mr. McGinty had engaged in misconduct and that the misconduct deprived the defendant of a fair trial.  In particular, the court stated that “egregious prosecutorial misconduct of this kind rises to the level of a constitutional deprivation, denying the defendant a fundamentally fair trial. Accordingly, Martin is entitled to a new trial on all charges.” Martin v. Parker, 11 F.3d 613, 617 (6th Cir. Ohio 1993)
  7. In State of Ohio v. Green, 67 Ohio App. 3d 72, 80 (Ohio Ct. App., Cuyahoga County 1990), defendant Anthony Michael Green accused Mr. McGinty of engaging in misconduct by making derogatory comments about the defendant and by commenting on the defendant’s failure to provide witnesses to back up his alibi.  The Eighth District held that the failure to object to the misconduct waived any error and that the trial was not unfair.  Mr. Green was eventually freed because, with the help of the Innocence Project, it was determined from DNA evidence (through processes not available at the time of the original conviction) that someone else committed the crime.  That person later came forward and confessed. http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Anthony_Michael_Green.php

V. Campaign Information

Campaign Address:

Campaign Officers/Participants:

Prior Campaigns:

Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas: 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010

Prior Elected Offices: Judge, Court of Common Pleas, from 1993 to 2011.

Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations: 

Response to the League's Questionnaire.  Any supplemental materials referenced are available from the League upon request.  

I.          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?

As a Judge and Prosecutor I am required to file an ethics form with the Ohio Ethics Commission every year.  I also report all campaign related expenses to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  It is my policy to only open a campaign committee during an election cycle and then immediately terminate my committee after the election. I do not solicit or accept contributions other than during an election period.

2. 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?


3. 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.

Campaign Finance Reports are due to the Board of Elections on 3/3/16 and my campaign balance will be reflected on those reports.

John Climaco

John McCaffrey

Robert Kanner

Ian Friedman

John McGinty

4. 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.


5.      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.  No

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

1978 DUI in Lakewood

II.        Transparency

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

As Prosecutor, I believe transparency is critical.  As such, my office has a very robust website where we publish extremely detailed performance measures that demonstrate how accountable we are and we are always attempting to improve. In addition to the office performance data, we have significant policy, budget, office demographic, and program information published.

8. Are improvements needed to the office’s procedures and processes for responding to public records requests?

It is the policy of my administration that government records are the people’s records and that we are merely trustees for the people.  It is the policy of my office that as required by Ohio law records will be organized and maintained so that they are available for timely inspection and copying in accordance with the Ohio Public Records Law.  Record retention schedules shall also be made readily available to the public.  The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office Public Information Officer has been designated as the person to whom requests for public records should be directed.  A complete public records policy and the process for requesting public records from my office are on the office website.

9. Do you believe that grand jury proceedings should be more or less transparent?

That is an issue controlled by Statute and the Constitution.  We will follow whatever the law requires.  However, in the cases of Use of Deadly Force by a law enforcement officer, to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the Criminal Justice System, the policy of the County Prosecutor’s Office will be to present facts of every fatal police shooting and of all other fatal uses of deadly force by law enforcement officers in Cuyahoga County to the grand jury for review.  We are committed in these cases to conducting a thorough investigation that satisfies both the high standards of this office and the needs of the Grand Jury.  All relevant facts that are gathered by the police, and if necessary, by our own investigators will be presented to the Grand Jury in its traditional investigative role.

I have also communicated in writing on January 28th, 2016 to the Ohio General Assembly that “Ohio’s Attorney General currently has statutory authority to bring organized crime cases directly to a Grand Jury in Ohio, pursuant to RC 309.08, 177.03, and 109.83.  I support a law amending these statutes to include the ability of the Attorney General to present police use of deadly force (UDF) cases to a Grand Jury if the local county prosecutor requests such assistance from the Attorney General, or, if the local county prosecutor declines to present and the Attorney General, after thorough review, believes a Grand Jury investigation is necessary.”  The complete letter is attached to this questionnaire and is posted on the Prosecutor’s Office website.

III.       Efficiency

10.  Is the current level of administrative support staffing within the prosecutor’s office appropriate?

It was obvious to me when I took office that the administrative management and operations of the agency were in need of a complete review and reorganization. Upon taking office, I assembled a team of volunteer professionals to conduct a Current State Assessment report.  Their charge was to “review CCPO’s current systems, policies, procedures, structures and practices – and to make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational support and system delivery”.  With that report as a roadmap, my administration has made significant improvements in the operations and staffing of the agency.  Job description development, setting expected performance standards, correcting disparate salaries and creating an employee evaluation process with integrity are a few of the areas we focused on immediately. 

As part of the re-organizational process, support staff needs and resources were reviewed. Appropriately aligning staff to the work they were expected to perform and setting correct job descriptions has led to greater efficiencies in support of the units. We have seen improvements in not only the quality of the employee base but also in the quality of work being conducted.  We have better trained and allocated support resources throughout the agency with investigators, paralegals and administrative staff since I took office.  Today, the support staffing allocations are not only at an appropriate level, the support positions are clearly defined, more skilled.

A copy of the 2012 Current State Assessment is attached.

11.  Is the current level of legal professional staffing within the prosecutor’s office appropriate?

The Current State Assessment team also conducted a review of legal service delivery in the organization.  Since I took office, we have reallocated resources to fit our priorities of efficiency and effectiveness of operations, performance management and ensuring that the most vulnerable citizens of this county are well represented.  Under the leadership of Duane Deskins, my First Assistant and Chief of Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention, we have allocated permanent attorney positions in the Juvenile Division and have staffed it with seasoned trial attorney supervisors to mentor and teach the newly appointed Assistant County Prosecutors in our training program.  Under the leadership of Yvonne Billingsley, our Chief of Family Law, all operations and attorney resources of our Children and Family Services and Child Support units have been reorganized into a much more efficient and effective division where the common focus is to maximize support for families.  We have also increased focus on better case management in our Criminal Division so our attorneys have appropriate case loads and are able to better balance the demands of their work.  And, we have assigned a team of Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys to our nationally recognized Sexual Assault Rape Kit Taskforce to ensure justice is achieved for those victims of cold case rapes whose offenders are just now being prosecuted as a result of thousands of old rape kits that sat on shelves collecting dust now being tested.

12.  Does the prosecutor’s office currently have adequate information technology systems?

I recognize that Information Technology systems being fully implemented and supported are critical to the success of any agency.  Upon taking office, we immediately worked to complete the implementation of the case management system that supports all legal functions of the office.  The system was installed but not utilized to its fullest capacity prior to my taking office.  The system was not being used in many of the units that desperately needed it.  Now the system is fully implemented and supported.  We also have retrained all staff on use of the case management system to ensure consistency, increased optimal use and clean data points for performance measurement.  Additionally, we have added other technological resources such as our Security Threat Group database which readily identifies relationships and associations of known gang members to offenders in our system, use of mapping software to identify crime trends, and usage of Mondo Pads in the courtroom for better trial presentations. We are constantly exploring technological resources that we can deploy to assist in our crime strategies and smart prosecution initiatives as well as tools that can assist us with efficiency improvements.

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

We constantly look for ways to strengthen cooperation and collaboration with our local prosecutors and law enforcement.  For example, we are now reviewing all Cleveland rapes and sexual assault cases with the Cleveland Prosecutor to determine charges.  We are currently designing software where all rapes in Cuyahoga County are entered and tracked with great detail to help us recognize serial rapists.  And, we are collaborating with cities and now go to homicide scene investigations to be at the front end of the prosecution process.

14.  Are there opportunities for cost savings that were not included in the most recent budget submittal?

We are reducing criminal justice system jail costs by reducing the average number of days from arrest to charge or diversion, or arrest to indictment and indictment to disposition and sentencing.  More efficient docket management by the whole criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the Sheriff, the Courts, the Public Defender and Prosecutor could save the County millions of dollars.  We are streamlining our charging and grand jury process to focus on jailed inmates first to cut costs of jail stays.  

IV.       Competence

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

I served 10 years as an Assistant County Prosecutor including service in the Major Trial Division. I served 19 years as a Common Pleas Court Judge. I am currently serving my first term as Cuyahoga County Prosecutor since October, 2012.

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

Yes. 19 years as a Common Pleas Court Judge and I am currently serving my first term as Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

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

In my current position as County Prosecutor I administer a staff of 360 and a budget of over $30 million.  This includes attorneys, support staff, and investigators for Criminal and Juvenile divisions, our Children and Family Services and Child Support units, and our Civil and Foreclosure units.

18.  Have you participated in preparing a budget for a business, government organization, or non-profit organization?  If so, please generally describe that experience.

Yes. See #17

19.  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.


20.  Have you, any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, or any governmental agency you have served faced insolvency? When, where?


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

Yes. The County Prosecutor’s office enforces an ethics policy for our employees.

22.  Have you ever held a public position where you managed employees who were subject to civil service laws.  When?  Where?

Yes. As a Judge at the Court of Common Pleas from 1/2/93 to 11/1/11 and now as County Prosecutor from 12/1/12 to present.

23.  Have you ever held a public or private position where you managed employees who were subject to a collective bargaining agreement?  When, Where?


V.        Policy

24.  Do you believe that the County Prosecutor should be appointed by the County Executive?

No. Given the recent experience of the County corruption scandal, the need for an independent County Prosecutor who serves only the interests of the citizens of the County is critical to avoid a similar occurrence in the future.

25.  Do you believe that the next County Prosecutor should take steps to improve the relationship between the criminal justice system and the African American community in Cuyahoga County?

Yes.  A starting point would be more inclusion in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor attorneys and staff.  I strongly support and encourage diversity in our office and my commitment is evident in our hiring and in the profile of our leadership team.  The number of minority supervisors in my administration has increased by 83% since I took office.  41% of our supervisors are minorities. (See more on office demographics on #26.)

Additionally, I have implemented policies that now include diversion for juveniles in the City of Cleveland, where in the past in large part only suburban juveniles were afforded diversion, thus having a disparate number of Cleveland juveniles taking advantage of redirection at an early stage.  The bulk of the children being excluded from diversion in the City were minority.

These are just examples of efforts across the board in all our divisions to create equity.  And with that, the criminal justice system’s reforms will continue to improve the relationship with the African American community.

26.  Does the diversity within the legal professional staff of the prosecutor’s office appropriately reflect the community it serves? 

I have made a concerted effort to improve the diversity of the prosecutors and staff in my office. Since taking office I have increased the number of minority prosecuting attorneys by 53% and the number of women serving as prosecuting attorneys by 20%. For the first time in history the majority of prosecuting attorneys are women. We also eliminated politics, the patronage that went along with it and favoritism from the hiring process by expanding advertisement and recruitment for open positions, opening all positions to competitive hiring and creating representative committees within the office to interview applicants and recommend candidates for employment.

This more professional, fair and open process of hiring is evident in the increase in diverse employees, both attorneys and staff, as well as in the current demographics.  On January 1, 2016, 25% of our attorneys and 29% of our management team were minorities, up from 17% and 19% respectively prior to my taking office.  28% of all staff in the office is minorities.

27.  In what ways would you handle differently the grand jury proceedings relating to the death of Tamir Rice?

Please note my letter to the Ohio General Assembly referred to in # 9 and attached to this document.

28.  Considering the consent decree to which the Cleveland Police Department is now bound, and the findings relating to that department’s use of force policies and procedures, what can the prosecutor’s office do to help that department improve?

It is my hope that the deep mistakes that took place in the Melissa Williams and Timothy Russell high speed chase and shoot which resulted in 137 shots fired and two people wrongly killed, and dangerous cross fire in which the police almost killed themselves, never reoccurs. Also, the series of mistakes made by the Cleveland Police Department and others in the Tamir Rice case presents lessons for reform to ensure that a like tragedy does not reoccur.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office is spending $1 million in money forfeited by criminals to purchase dash cams for every police car in the City of Cleveland. Incidents like the chase and shoot are likely never to reoccur if they have dash cams and we will know exactly what happened if there is another calamity like the Tamir Rice case.  We have also, as part of that $1 million, offered matching grants for dash cams and body cams for all the suburban cities that cannot afford them.  Studies have shown in 20 years of dash cam use that citizens’ complaints drop dramatically following their installation.  It protects both citizens and police from false accusations, preserves extremely valuable evidence for the prosecutor in both film and audio statements and would soon expose that very small minority of police officers who are abusive to the citizens they work for. 


We are constantly working with the Cleveland Police as partners in a symbiotic nature when possible to, for example, reduce the gang violence and homicides, drug sale interdiction, violence in jail and juvenile detention, corruption within the police department and others.

We are focusing with the Cleveland Police on habitual violent offenders including many serial criminals.  We are disposing of the low level cases more efficiently with front loaded decisions allowing for diversion, drug court, mental health court, and probation conditions with positive incentives. Over 80% of our felony indictments dispose as low level cases, F4s, F5s, misdemeanors or diversions.  Less than 8% of the active criminals are responsible for over 2/3 of the dangerous and violent crime.

Now we have more police officers and detectives in an undermanned police force to focus on the people who endanger the citizens the most. With intelligent crime strategy, we are helping them create a more effective police department. We have eliminated entire gangs within the past two years who were shooting and killing one another without pause or remorse.

Perhaps the single most important example where we are helping improve the Cleveland Police Department’s efforts to make the city safer is the formation of the new rape kit taskforce that we formed in January 2013 with our partners, the Attorney General Mike DeWine, BCI, CPD and the County Sheriff. Together we have blown the dust off of 4,866 forgotten rape kits from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, had them tested by AG DeWine and we are investigating them all.  So far we have solved and indicted over 440 cases and we are projecting 1,000 indictments when we are finished.   Our conviction rate is 90% and the average sentence on these cases is 9 years. 38% of these rapists are serial. Nearly every one of these rapists has been to prison before and a high percentage have considerable criminal records. Many are one man crime waves. The individuals who we have not been able to identify by name have been indicted by their DNA as John Does to be arrested later after they are arrested for their next crime. This taskforce that I have the honor of leading is projected to solve 1,000 forgotten rapes to the great satisfaction of 1,000 rape victims no longer forgotten.

More serial rapists will be arrested by this project than have ever been before in one single sweep.  Our taskforce is a national model that is being replicated by other cities across the country.  And women and families will be measurably safer as a result. We are estimating the economic damage inflicted by the rapists in just these 1,000 cases to be 1/3 of a billion dollars on our community using damage measurements provided by the National Institute of Health.

29.  Do you have, or do you home to have, the support in this campaign of any police union?

I have enjoyed the support of police unions in elections steadily for the past 24 years, however 2016 may be different considering the indictments and indictments still pending in the Prosecutor’s office. I will not be formally asking for their support as it may appear to be a conflict of interest.

30.  Do you believe that the balance of responsibilities as between the office of the County Prosecutor and the office of the County Law Director is appropriate?  Do you believe it can be improved? 

I think it is appropriate but I am always open to any conversation with the County Executive to improve our coordination of effort without diminishing the independence of the County Prosecutor.  We have a very healthy relationship with the County Law Director and his staff.  There have been virtually no problems between our staffs on any issues.  We work together very well.

31.  Identify three policy positions that distinguish you from your competitor.  

Completely eliminated politics and patronage from the office;

Created a new Rape Kit Task Force in January 2013 to investigate and prosecute from the results of testing almost 5,000 rape kits, and;

Used $2.3 million in foreclosure funds to tear down abandoned homes that serve as havens for crime in three small focused areas bordering success zones in Cleveland. The objective is to make them abandon free zones, reduce the crime associated with vacant properties, stabilize the area and housing prices, restore community confidence and its economic viability, import rebuilding and foster economic revival.

32.  What are the most important steps that can be taken by the County Prosecutor to prevent the type of corruption that resulted in many recent federal prosecutions? 

First and foremost I eliminated politics and patronage from the office and removed the political machine that my opponent ran in the office for so many years. We hire the best and the brightest on our staff without political consideration so those hired are beholden only to the citizens of Cuyahoga County.  That sends a strong message that there was a new Prosecutor in town who was not casting a blind eye or was too busy running a political machine to notice the public corruption that was growing.

In addition, I created a Public Corruption unit in 2013 to specifically root out corruption that was ignored by my opponent in the past.  We have aggressively prosecuted public corruption cases involving local elected officials and public employees to send the clear message that violations of the public trust will no longer be tolerated.