Thursday, August 04, 2011


Blogger's Case Raises Many Questions

Written by Christine Brauer Mueller and previously published in the Register July 28.

Dan Brewington faced off against the Dearborn County court systems in a divorce/custody proceeding in 2009 and criticized the justice system on his blog -

According to Erika SchmidtRussell’s article in the Thursday, July 14, Register, he is currently being held at the Dearborn County Jail, charged with intimidation, releasing grand jury information, perjury, and obstruction of justice. He has been in jail for over four months, since March 11 with delays from having one public defender and two judges withdraw.

Visit for background information on this case. Both the Register and Dearborn County Public Forum sources raise even more questions about our county’s justice system and possible causes for jail overcrowding.

If I were “journalist for a day,” these are questions I would ask about the Dan Brewington case.
Why has Dan Brewington’s own pro bono attorney from Cincinnati, Robert Kelly, been denied attorney-client privileged access to him in the county jail?

Why did Judge Sally Blankenship set Brewington’s bond higher than most other defendants, including accused child molesters, when he has no prior criminal record? (Blankenship withdrew from the case six days later)

How does John Watson, the first court appointed public defender, explain 3 separate emergencies preventing meeting with his client or attending the original pretrial hearing? Why did it take attorney Watson two months to realize he had cases before Judge Humphrey, and then recuse himself?

Did Watson presume that Brewington, like most defendants, would take the prosecutor’s plea deal?

The court appointed Brewington’s second public defender, Bryan E Barrett, on June 20, more than three months after he was put in jail. They met for the first time July 18, the morning of his pretrial hearing.

Brewington’s jury trial is set for August 16. How can a defendant form a defense if he doesn’t have a reasonable amount of time to meet with his lawyer? The investigative report by Mike Kreinhop was filed in 2009. Why did Prosecutor F. Aaron Negangard wait until 2011 to convene the grand jury, five days after Brewington’s disciplinary grievance against Negangard was dismissed? If the allegations were so serious, how does the prosecutor explain his nearly two-year tardiness after the alleged threats?

Does the medical doctor used by the County Jail have experience in dealing with ADHD? Did he consult with Brewington’s personal physician about his treatment plan?

How do the sheriff and jail commander defend withholding and then altering Mr. Brewington’s prescribed medication after receiving written instructions from Brewington’s medical doctor’s justifying the medication and dosage? Was there a plan to deny Brewington’s ADHD medication in order to hamper his ability to contribute to his own defense?

Should citizens fear retribution from public officials when they criticize them in a public forum? What is the difference between criticism and legally defined intimidation? Do First Amendment Rights to Free Speech protect Brewington’s writings?

The charges against Brewington seem overly broad. Are there specific details of the events or writing that constitute the basis for each charge?

If so, when did they occur and why were they not detailed in the charges? Was the grand jury given access to all of Brewington’s writings or selective statements taken out of context?

Is Brewington’s treatment by our justice system typical? If so, how many of these situations contribute to our need for a $12 million taxpayer-funded jail expansion?


Anonymous said...
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you better look said...

It's not just dan Brewington it's about curuption in our county. If you thin that Dan is the only one you better take a look...

A. Dearborn Citizen said...

11:57 AM, August 07, 2011 -- Anonymous said...
I'm getting sick of reading about Dan Brewington. He has his own blog and has taken over the blog. Can't we have just one blog for Dearborn County information.

Yes, we very much wish that this was not a topic for our site. Unfortunately, the exceedingly poor judgment of public officials apparently willing to abuse their authority in pursuit of what appears to be a personal vendetta against someone they thought was helpless to defend himself is, or should be, a matter of some importance. We take the Constitution and the integrity and ethics of our public servants very seriously here. Dan may seem a bit cracked to you (and he may even be a bit cracked at this point), but, as the saying goes, "There, but for the grace of God, go I." or you, if you get out of line. So yes, we have promoted this issue from the Voy discussion board. We think it is that important.

p.s. your original comment has been deleted - see The Rule...

ScarletPatriot said...

The heart of the matter is abuse of power by elected officials.(period)

Everyone wants to look at the federal officials and say look how corrupt they are and they don't take notice at what is happening at the small local level of government. This is the level that the people are the strongest, and the people should be most informed. I applaud Christine Mueller for having this blog. This case is out in the open for all to see, at the next election Dearborn County has the opportunity to rid itself of these abusers of power.