Prosecutor Dan Kasaris and his Brother, Reminger Partner John Patrick, Vie for “Dumbest Lawyers in America” Title obtained emails written by Assistant Ohio Attorney General Daniel Kasaris bragging about “hand jobs from workers” “banging in the car” and dressing up like an “African” to conduct illegal surveillance.  Kasaris also had a romantic relationship with government witness Kathryn Clover.  Ms. Clover received over 4,000 emails from Kasaris detailing their sexual relationship, including several where Kasaris professes his “endless love” for her.  Kasaris’ emails also confirm that he provided undisclosed financial assistance to Clover, and even hired her to work as his paralegal inside the prosecutor’s office while, at the same time, falsely presenting her as a “fact witness” at criminal trials and in grand jury proceedings. 

Kasaris’ brother, Reminger partner John Patrick, assaulted his wife and put her in the hospital.  Police arrived at his house and seized drugs and his drug growing operation.   While his wife was being treated for her injuries, John called his brother, Prosecutor Dan Kasaris, who acted under color of law to have all charges quashed.  Or, as Attorney Patrick later bragged in an email, Dan got the police to “sweep this under the rug” and, as a result, he was never charged for his violent assault or drug growing operation.

These written documents have been filed in Tony Viola’s case, and are among several instances of attorneys memorializing their own misconduct in writing.  For example, following his exoneration at a second trial using evidence prosecutors suppressed before the first trial, then U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach was asked to look into the case.  He put in writing that he was unconcerned about misconduct and “would take no action.” 

Tony established his innocence at a second trial, using evidence federal prosecutor Mark Bennett suppressed before his first trial.  Despite the results of the second trial, Bennett solicited an award from the Inspector General for his successful prosecution of Tony at his first trial.  Then, just as Tony’s case was unravelling, Steven Dettelbach issued a press release touting Mark Bennett’s accomplishment, without disclosing the results of the second trial in the press release.

After Tony’s initial conviction, Mark Bennett lied when he wrote that Tony Viola signed a “conflict of interest waiver” and agreed to a “joint defense” at trial when such was not the case.  Even after the Clerk of Court in Cleveland stated in writing that no such document exists, Bennett CONTINUED to lie in written court filings about this waiver – a matter now before the federal courts, Viola v. Bennett, case no. 21-3014, 6th Circuit.

Prior to Tony’s federal trial, Defense attorney Jay Milano charged an up-front “flat fee” and promised not to seek additional funds – but then continued to demand additional legal payments.  Later, however, Milano sent Tony emails that his law firm was on the edge of insolvency and he needed an “emergency $25,000 loan” to pay his bills.  Then, Milano emailed Tony’s family on an unsolicited basis, demanding “loans” in the amount of $25,000 or $75,000.  Milano also collected $15,000 for an investigation in Tony’s case, never paid his investigator and simply pocketed the funds. 

“All of these emails prove that the justice system in this country is run for the benefit of attorneys and prosecutors, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fair administration of justice,” said Tony Viola.   “Also, if you’re thinking about beating up your wife or selling drugs, be sure to make friends with Dan Kasaris first, so he can get you out of trouble.”

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