Thursday, February 7, 2008

A MySpace page devoted to the evils of Judge Linda Teodosio

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2008 at 5:34 AM

Judge Linda Teodosio seems to preside over an unhappy workplace
If you think MySpace is just a place for thirtysomethings to share naked pictures with teensomethings, think again. It turns out the site is also a major outlet for folks with serious beefs against their former employers. In September, a former staffer at the Summit County Juvenile Court created a page called Impeach Judge Linda Teodosio & Her Administration Teodosio is Summit County’s only juvenile court judge. She graced the pages of Scene last month, when we wrote how Akron’s V-Not gang threatened the lives of witnesses who were supposed to testify in the murder of Shawrica Lester. Teodosio refused to close her courtroom for the hearings of suspects Earl Davis and Ricardo Travis, claiming there wasn’t enough evidence to link them to gang activity. They both ended up walking. But it appears that Teodosio has bigger things to worry about – like a cadre of angry former staffers who’d love nothing more than to see her dethroned. “This page is definately [sic] not meant to smear anyone's character or make personal attacks,” it says. “It is simply the TRUTH.” The page alleges that Teodosio’s court engages in everything from racial intimidation to sexual harassment. It also attacks the court’s detention supervisor, Donald Guthrie, who was convicted of a DUI in October. “Why is it that he gets to keep his job?” the site asks. “In the past acquiring such an offense would result in a termination from the Court.” The page was created by Carl Cannon, a former restitution officer who claims he was unjustly fired by a former court administrator, Dave Bailey in 2004. The court officially fired fired Cannon because he'd spent a a weekend shift watching football in the office, rather than doing his job. But Cannon says that's untrue. "It was all on camera," he says. "I did nothing wrong. There was never a problem." Cannon claims that Bailey's real reason for firing him was because he was good friends with Julie Roberts, a female intake officer, whom Bailey told Cannon to stay away from. When Cannon refused, Bailey handed him the pink slip. "In all honesty, I don't think Bailey liked white girls around black guys," Cannon says. Cannon has filed complaints with the Unemployment Board and the Civil Rights Commission. He also has a pending lawsuit against the court. His Civil Rights complaint is also pending. Among the page's 35 friends is Laura Asbury, a 32-year-old who also claims that she was wrongfully fired. Asbury, who worked as a detention officer, was let go after an inmate accused Asbury of spreading rumors about her STD. Asbury filed a wrongful termination complaint with the Unemployment Board. On November 5, hearing officer Shane Griest agreed that she was unjustly fired. "I wouldn’t blame it on Teodosio," Asbury says. "I’d blame it on her administration." Apparently, Teodosio’s people aren’t too pleased with the page, however. “I won’t dignify that page with a comment,” says Don Ursetti, spokesman for juvenile court. – Denise Grollmus


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