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Tom Noe and The Blade

Does anyone have a constructive and knowledgeable opinion on the reason and/or reasons they choose to cover Tom Noe's conviction and sentence?

created by dino on Jan 31, 2018 at 09:54:31 pm     Comments: 6

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Two things I think -

1) The Blade basically did the investigative background work that broke the story - at least Coingate, not the campaign finance fraud (not sure what triggered that investigation).

2) Back then, the Blade was vehemently anti-Republican. Anyone who supported Republicans were potential targets. (This ended locally at least when the Stain took over the party.)

posted by not_me on Jan 31, 2018 at 10:09:57 pm     #  

Does anyone have a constructive and knowledgeable opinion on the reason and/or reasons they choose to cover Tom Noe's conviction and sentence?

Parsing this sentence out a few times, I would say that the answer to this would have to be yeah. So yeah.

posted by madjack on Jan 31, 2018 at 10:34:14 pm     #  

"Anyone who supported Republicans were potential targets."

Maybe the Blade "targeted" Noe because Noe was a crook.

From the January 31, 2018 Toledo Blade story titled Coingate's central figure seeks clemency

Former Toledo-area coin dealer Tom Noe has again asked Gov. John Kasich to commute his 18-year prison sentence for stealing $13.7 million from an investment made by the state’s insurance fund for injured workers.

He has served more than half of his 18-year state sentence, which began after he completed a two-year federal sentence for laundering illegal campaign contributions to the re-election campaign of then-President George W. Bush in 2004.

Noe was convicted in 2006 of 29 charges, 25 of which were felonies, including a racketeering charge carrying a mandatory 10-year sentence. That 10-year mark will pass in October.

He was convicted of four misdemeanors related to the $13.7 million theft from a $50 million investment that the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation made in rare-coin funds he managed. The state’s theory was that Noe skimmed millions off the investments for his personal use and then falsified inventory records to cover his tracks.

posted by jr on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:22:13 pm     #   6 people liked this

If you can get clemency for stealing almost $14 million from taxpayer than crime really does pay

Something is fishy with his ex wife too. After being in jail and having little contact with him and telling the Blade she was the biggest victim in this scam she is willing to live with him again. Something isn't adding up

posted by classylady on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:31:50 pm     #   3 people liked this

classylady posted at 11:31:50 PM on Jan 31, 2018:

If you can get clemency for stealing almost $14 million from taxpayer than crime really does pay

Something is fishy with his ex wife too. After being in jail and having little contact with him and telling the Blade she was the biggest victim in this scam she is willing to live with him again. Something isn't adding up

Yep. Getting sent to prison and doing more than 10 years already, losing everything and still facing a restitution. Having generated the revenue for the Bureau once, and then having to generate it again when you get out of prison. Working to pay it back the rest of your life. Yeah... totally pays.

I support backing Tom's sentence for theft/getting Bush elected down until it is less than Ray Abu-Arab's. But more than 10 years.

I have no interest in doubting these people's love for one another, and I would suggest it is not our business.

posted by justread on Feb 01, 2018 at 06:37:22 am     #   6 people liked this

"I have no interest in doubting these people's love for one another, and I would suggest it is not our business."

Agree.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 01, 2018 at 09:07:02 am     #   3 people liked this