The “Amazing Ames” is at it again…..Pro Se lawyer, Brian Ames, files another mandamus action in Portage County.
Thanks to our friends at Auburntownship.org for this article.
Many of our readers in Geauga, Lake,Portage, and Cuyahoga Counties are familiar with the name of Brian Ames, who has on a number of occasions filed litigation in Portage County Common Pleas Court, in the Eleventh District Court of Appeals, in the Supreme Court of Ohio to protest the failures of the Open Meetings Act as implemented by governmental bodies,
The latest Portage County body to come under fire from Mr. Ames for failure to establish “a reasonable method whereby any person may determine the time and place of all regularly scheduled meetings and the time, place, and purpose of all special meetings” is the Portage County Solid waste Management District Board of Commissioners, located at 3588 Mogadore Road, Kent, Ohio 44240 and the Portage County Board of Commissioners, 449 South Meridian Street, Ravenna, Ohio 44266. Mr. Ames has established ninety counts of failures to establish meeting time and place in violation of the Ohio Open Meetings Act. Accordingly, he has filed Portage County Common Pleas Case No. 2019CV00384 , a Mandamamis filed State of Ohio Ex rel Brian M. Ames. The case is to be heard by Judge Laurie J. Pittman, who has been the judicial official in many of the cases filed by Mr. Ames. The case was filed on May 13, 2019.
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Ames has become a kind of cause celebrebecause his uncanny ability to understand and state legal issues and write legal arguments pro se. Further, Mr. Ames videoed a session in the presence of the sole Republican Commissioner, who asked for a way to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, when Mr. Ames responded to the question. the newly appointed Prosecutor, Christopher Meduri. was recorded voicing countless “legal objections” to Mr. Ames’ answers to questions. It is the understanding on this writer that Meduri replaced the former Portage County Prosecutor, when that elected official appears to have resigned under duress.
We are following this latest problem in Portage County concerning the Open Meetings Act. Mr. Ames has generated quite a stir in Portage County, having been the subject of Portage County Central Committee Member Featured, Portage County Republican Central Chair Removed, and Portage County Common Pleas Case 2017-CV00380.