Everyone's favorite local politician and celebrity seeker-outer, Seven Hills councilman David Bentkowski, is suing a bunch of people.
This is kind of what Bentkowski does — he sued Scene a couple years ago after we said that he had the political IQ of a piece of Quiznos' lettuce. (A judge, obviously, ruled in our favor.)
This current batch of legal nonsense is directed at just about anyone who works in Seven Hills. To be specific, it includes fellow councilman Matt Trafis, the law director, a group of Seven Hills residents who put together a newsletter that was critical of Bentkowski's reign as mayor of the small suburb, and others.
Bentkowski's argument, if there is one, is that a "confidential" police investigation begun at his prodding into mean, mean, mean commenters on the Cleveland.com Seven Hills forum was supposed to be double-fingers-crossed super secret and should not have been made public.
That investigation file, which comprises some 600+ pages of documents, is foolish and wasteful. It found, in no uncertain terms, that Bentkowski had no claim of a crime being committed. It, in no uncertain terms, however, does portray Bentkowski as a numb-nut — it includes personal emails from Bentkowski to the police chief and law director that are nothing short of embarrassing. Rambling, disconnected, paranoid.
When that investigation was finally closed — after some two years — it became public record. But very few other than those involved knew it existed. That is until it was mentioned in a Seven Hills committee meeting by Matt Trafis. Concerned citizens — those often targeted by Bentkowski — sought it out, as did the Plain Dealer and Scene.
Two less than flattering stories appeared just before Bentkowski was fired from his full-time gig at the Ohio Lottery Commission. It seems the department didn't want undue public attention because of a weenie who somehow has been elected time and time again by the people of Seven Hills and showed Little David the door.
And that's where we are today: Bentkowski suing everyone involved because... um... a public record was delivered to the public. That's some damn good lawyerin'.