Patrick O'Malley was an Ohio politician.
Greeting Chris Hani
Mayor Michael R. White, of Cleveland Ohio, served as honorary chairman of the welcoming committee, which included 19 top labor leaders, City Council members, the president of the NAACP, religious and civic leaders, which greeted South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani on circa late April 1991, appearance in Cleveland Ohio.
Sandra Wood, Hispanic liaison for the city, presented a special proclamation from the mayor. "The struggle in Northern Ireland and the struggle in South Africa are the same - for freedom", said City Councilmember Patrick O'Malley, who was joined by Councilmember Charles Patton in presenting the council proclamation welcoming Hani.
Cuyahoga County Recorder Patrick O'Malley made his reputation as a scrapper, politically and on the street.
But O'Malley showed little fight May 15, 2008 when he resigned from his job then drove to Akron, where he accepted a deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of obscenity. O'Malley then dodged reporters by slipping out the courthouse's basement back door.
The guilty plea sets off a scramble to replace O'Malley in a job that comes with a built-in political base and the ability to dole out jobs.
It capped nearly four years of speculation after FBI agents raided O'Malley's Chagrin Falls home and seized two personal computers. A search warrant revealed they were looking for two things -- records related to a billboard deal involving the city of Cleveland that O'Malley brokered and images of child pornography.
O'Malley's lawyer, Ian Friedman, declined to detail the computer images that led to O'Malley's guilty plea. He stressed they did not include child pornography.
Friedman said O'Malley's computer contained images of adult pornography that jurors may have considered legally obscene.
"There is certain material that crosses the line," Friedman said. "I can't comment on the exact nature. I think it will be debated at sentencing."
Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge David Dowd during the hearing that O'Malley accessed the images through an America Online account between February 1998 and November 2004. They offered few other details during the 45-minute hearing.
Charges against were filed Thursday morning as rumors swirled about O'Malley's political and legal future. He was charged under a criminal information provision, used almost exclusively when defendants negotiate with investigators and then plead guilty.
The charge said "O'Malley did knowingly use an interactive computer service for the carriage in interstate and foreign commerce of numerous obscene, lewd, lascivious and filthy pictures, writings and other matters of indecent character."
O'Malley has been a colorful and controversial politician for nearly two decades. He served as a Cleveland City Councilman for eight years, where he was dogged by accusations of fights in bars and on the street.
He was later appointed county recorder, and later tried unsuccessfully to fill a vacant county commissioner seat.
O'Malley reveled in the persona of a fighting Irishman, but later accusations of spousal abuse and domestic violence harmed his reputation. And, he fell on hard times financially. A property he bought on West 25th Street with hopes of renovating was in foreclosure, and a criminal trial in federal court would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
O'Malley sent his resignation letter to county commissioners and the county's Democratic Party Thursday afternoon. The party immediately accepted it. County Administrator Dennis Madden said commissioners will accept the resignation Tuesday.
Commissioner Tim Hagan said commissioners will name an interim recorder as early as Thursday. Ultimately, the Democratic Party will select a person to fill the remaining seven months of O'Malley's term and eventually oppose Republican Cathy Luks in the November general election.
Hagan said the commissioners' interim choice will hopefully match the party's candidate.
- Peoples weekly World, May 4, 1991, page 2
- Federal obscenity charge drives O'Malley from office Published: Thursday, May 15, 2008, Mike Tobin, The Plain Dealer By Mike Tobin, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer