Rice Family Pushes for Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to Recuse Himself From Case

Faced with a steady increase in odd behavior from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, the Rice family and their attorneys are calling for him to recuse himself from the case involving Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann.

Among the family's most vocalized points is that McGinty has not yet publicly grasped how the release of two independent reports on the Nov. 22, 2014 shooting might impact the grand jury proceedings. (The grand jury is under way now, and information from the hearings is being leaked to the local press. McGinty has admitted that he knows who's leaking the information.)

During a Nov. 5 political event in Fairview Park, McGinty answered questions about the state of the case. One reporter asked what he made of the Rice family's calls for a special prosecutor.

He responded: "Well isn't that interesting. They wait until they didn't like the reports they received. They're very interesting people — let me just leave it at that — and they have their own economic motives."

McGinty later released a statement on the matter: "The response was not about Ms. Rice. We have never once criticized Tamir's mother or questioned her right to grieve in any way."

The question that he was responding to, however, specifically referred to "Samaria Rice's attorney...and Samaria Rice herself."

In response, the letter from the Rice family and their attorneys states: "Your public comments impugning the integrity of Ms. Rice and her representatives have now resulted in a situation where your office has not only made a decision to present biased and discredited expert testimony to the grand jury, but you are now taking the remarkable tact of attacking the motives of a grieving crime victim and her attorneys who are attempting to secure justice for her and her family."

Read the full letter below.

Samaria Rice second letter to County Prosecutor

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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