Public defender: Video shocking; footage of juvenile court bailiff, teen sparks debate


Footage of juvenile court bailiff, teen sparks debate

By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



This image, taken from security footage provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, shows the alleged March 7 altercation under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


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Security footage of the alleged Clinton County Juvenile Court altercation under investigation.

Facebook users who watched the video offered up many opinions, some critical of the bailiff, some critical of the presiding magistrate and others in the courtroom. and some supportive of the bailiff.

“I’m sure he deserved it,” wrote Luke Jones.

“Doesn’t matter who you are that is assault. And the fact they let it happen like that, they are all accessory,” wrote Jaime McCarty.

“Was it excessive probably,” wrote Ryan Hollingsworth. “But I bet a dollar that kid made it harder than it needed to be.”

“I don’t care what that kid may have been running his mouth about. That was uncalled for. Rarely do I not stand up for those in charge,” wrote Shelley Lambcke Arnold. “However, this kid is handcuffed and shackled — his words cannot hurt anyone. Its appalling that not one person reacted to this in the courtroom. Stand up when something is wrong. The judge just continues writing….BCI should be looking at all adults in that room.”

“He deserves what he gets … he probably ran his mouth,” wrote Cindy Moorhead. “If that was my kid.. I’d do more than that to him !!! These kids need taught a lesson!!”

“In my opinion, the judge did nothing wrong, he simply allowed it to play out, had no choice. Him yelling, getting up wouldn’t have made a difference,” wrote Gary Jones. “He’s a very well-respected magistrate with a stellar record. We don’t know who was who, do know this person was out of control, there should have been more action to stop him when he grabbed the juvenile.”

Baker doesn’t see how others could have intervened. He said Miars sits behind a bench that he would have had to get around in order to intervene, while a child services employee and assistant public defender are small compared to Buckner, who Baker described as more than 6 feet tall.

He also said there are rules about when deputies and probation officers can intervene physically, though he isn’t sure they applied during the alleged altercation.

In all, the video received more than 760 comments on the News Journal and others’ Facebook pages, as of press time, less than 24 hours after it was posted.

WILMINGTON — An incident between Clinton County Juvenile Court Bailiff Jim Buckner and a juvenile defendant, first reported two weeks ago, remains under investigation while security footage of the incident released Tuesday by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office has sparked debate.

“I heard about it first, so I had an idea what I was going to be seen,” said Clinton County Public Defender Rob Baker, who viewed the video before its public release. “But when I saw it, I was shocked that it was as egregious as it was.”

“He (Buckner) didn’t have to take the action that he did,” Baker said. “He was three or four feet away from the kid and went up to the kid, behind him and put him in a chokehold and used his other hand to cover his mouth and nose and face. … He was wrong when he put hands on him.”

Messages were left for Buckner and Clinton County Juvenile and Probate Judge Chad Carey at the court’s office. Those messages, and one with Carey’s home phone, were not returned by press time.

Previously, Carey said he wasn’t in the courtroom at the time; his magistrate, Mark Miars, was.

The entire incident lasts about 30 seconds, according to the security footage.

According to Ohio Attorney General spokesperson Jill Del Greco, no charges have been filed and, as of Wednesday, the incident remains under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Clinton County Prosecutor Rick Moyer requested BCI investigate and the Special Prosecutions Section review the investigation and determine whether to press charges, according to Del Greco.

The juvenile, a 17-year-old male from the Columbus area, was the alleged driver of a stolen car with two other juvenile occupants that led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a March 4 chase. The chase ended with the car crashing into a Rombach Avenue apartment building, troopers said.

Baker confirmed that the bailiff was Buckner, a former Wilmington City Schools administrative employee and former Clinton County deputy sheriff.

Multiple people, including Baker, have told the News Journal Buckner remains on duty.

“It’s pretty clear that he did something, whether it amounts to a crime or not, he did something that was out of line,” Baker said. “At the very least, I would have expected him to be placed into an administrative leave kind of thing while he was being investigated.”

There is no audio with the security footage, which depicts Buckner grabbing, pulling down and dragging the shackled defendant.

Baker said a court audio recording of the proceedings was turned off when the case adjourned, before the incident occurred.

Just before the incident, it appears the defendant tries to stand but is pushed down by Buckner into his chair. There’s a pause after that push that appears to be an exchange of words between Buckner and the defendant.

Baker said he has been told the defendant told Buckner not to place his hands on him. Baker said he’s heard multiple, inconsistent reports about what Buckner said.

“Whatever the result is, I hope justice is done,” Baker said.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

This image, taken from security footage provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, shows the alleged March 7 altercation under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Bailiff5_MARK-4.jpgThis image, taken from security footage provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, shows the alleged March 7 altercation under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Courtesy photo
Footage of juvenile court bailiff, teen sparks debate

By Nathan Kraatz

[email protected]

Facebook users who watched the video offered up many opinions, some critical of the bailiff, some critical of the presiding magistrate and others in the courtroom. and some supportive of the bailiff.

“I’m sure he deserved it,” wrote Luke Jones.

“Doesn’t matter who you are that is assault. And the fact they let it happen like that, they are all accessory,” wrote Jaime McCarty.

“Was it excessive probably,” wrote Ryan Hollingsworth. “But I bet a dollar that kid made it harder than it needed to be.”

“I don’t care what that kid may have been running his mouth about. That was uncalled for. Rarely do I not stand up for those in charge,” wrote Shelley Lambcke Arnold. “However, this kid is handcuffed and shackled — his words cannot hurt anyone. Its appalling that not one person reacted to this in the courtroom. Stand up when something is wrong. The judge just continues writing….BCI should be looking at all adults in that room.”

“He deserves what he gets … he probably ran his mouth,” wrote Cindy Moorhead. “If that was my kid.. I’d do more than that to him !!! These kids need taught a lesson!!”

“In my opinion, the judge did nothing wrong, he simply allowed it to play out, had no choice. Him yelling, getting up wouldn’t have made a difference,” wrote Gary Jones. “He’s a very well-respected magistrate with a stellar record. We don’t know who was who, do know this person was out of control, there should have been more action to stop him when he grabbed the juvenile.”

Baker doesn’t see how others could have intervened. He said Miars sits behind a bench that he would have had to get around in order to intervene, while a child services employee and assistant public defender are small compared to Buckner, who Baker described as more than 6 feet tall.

He also said there are rules about when deputies and probation officers can intervene physically, though he isn’t sure they applied during the alleged altercation.

In all, the video received more than 760 comments on the News Journal and others’ Facebook pages, as of press time, less than 24 hours after it was posted.


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