Cuyahoga County

Statement by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty on the verdict in the Bedford case

When the local judge and law director patronized their town’s brothel or prostitutes, the pimp and his employees naturally felt protected. These two fostered the corrupt environment that allowed a prostitution ring to operate with impunity in Bedford. They were dishonest with the citizens and hampered the police.

Judge Jacob’s excuse that he made “poor lifestyle choices” is an affront to the intelligence of the citizens of Bedford. Judge Jacob did more than sleep with prostitutes and do favors for them at court. He took advantage of poor, young, drug-addicted women, at least one of whom had been molested as a child.

Jacob also did more than violate the public’s trust, he raped it. He disgraced his city and demeaned the judiciary of this state. He deserves a stay in jail – a very long one.

We are dismayed that this case has dragged out for the better part of a year. Now they have delayed sentencing for six weeks for a pre-sentence investigation which the rules will not allow on this case. We are filing a motion asking the court to advance sentencing to next week. Judge Jacob has been collecting his full $114,100 salary for nearly a year while he has not been working and the taxpayers have been paying $456.40 a day for a visiting judge. This must end.

Judge Jacob and his attorney made an agreement to turn over his phone and laptop computer if the police would not execute a search warrant at his home. Instead, the judge deleted phone messages with one of his prostitutes at her instruction when they discovered the police were on to them. Then the judge deleted proof of his illegal sexual liaisons from his laptop and refused to give police or the court the passwords when he did turn over the computer. That was clear proof of tampering with evidence. We plan to appeal the court’s erroneous conclusions.

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