Prosecutor Dan Kasaris’ Lewd E mails to His Lover, Kathryn Clover, Under Investigation by the Ohio Court of Claims

           Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General Dan Kasaris sent erotic emails describing “hand jobs we got from co-workers” and bragged about “banging a female co-worker … in the car,” from his private email account affixed with his official signature as a prosecutor.  These emails, from [email protected], were sent to government witness Kathryn Clover, who testified in dozens of criminal cases and grand jury proceedings, and who had a years-long sexual relationship with Prosecutor Kasaris.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Bennett stated in court filings that Clover committed perjury, triggering a legal obligation to correct or withdraw false testimony.  Instead, Kasaris and Bennett did the opposite – and continued utilizing her fabricated evidence to secure indictments and convictions while also providing Clover with undisclosed financial benefits, cash payments and scholarships, while fighting for years to prevent the release of these emails. 

         The investigative team has argued that emails between a prosecutor and government witness constitute public records, especially since taxpayer funds were utilized to pay Ms. Clover.  According to the Ohio Sunshine Law, government-related emails – particularly those containing official government signatures – are considered public records, even if they were sent from a private account.  Nevertheless, the Attorney General’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office have refused to search this Yahoo e mailbox for communications between a prosecutor and a government witness.  Now, however, the Ohio Court of Claims is deciding whether ALL of the Kasaris-Clover e mails in question must be made public, and whether the Ohio Attorney General and other government agencies are required to search this and other Kasaris accounts for these lewd emails, Ohio Court of Claims Case # 2020-00477-PQ.

            “Dozens of prosecutors are aware that Dan Kasaris had a long-term romantic relationship with the government’s lead witness in criminal trials prosecuted by Kasaris,” said Tony Viola.  “Still, no one in the Attorney General’s Office or the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland will do the right thing.  While pretending to be an upstanding family man, Dan Kasaris used government funds to take Clover to baseball games, bars, restaurants and to his own apartment for sexual rendezvous.  At the same time, many American citizens were locked in jail cells based on Clover’s false testimony.  We are hoping the Ohio Court of Claims will order the release of all Kasaris-Clover emails, and that every single criminal case where Clover testified will re-opened without further delay.”

            For additional information about how Tony Viola proved his innocence at a second trial using evidence prosecutors Bennett and Kasaris said didn’t exist, or to view Kasaris-Clover mails obtained by our investigative team, or to read Prosecutor Bennett’s admission that Clover committed perjury in federal court, please visit the Evidence Locker.

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