First, let's clear up the untruth that reporter James Ewing could not be bothered to fact check. Here's a quote from attorney Ian Friedman from the article:
"our sole focus is on the indicted case against Mr. Dienes. But there is no information that anything has changed since Bay Village police closed their investigation almost two decades ago. It was my understanding that [Dienes] was eliminated as a suspect" in the Mihaljevic case."
As Det. Spaetzel, who Ewing also spoke to, will say, when asked, the case has never been closed. Not for one minute. And nobody has been completely ruled out as a suspect.
And then there's this:
The defense attorney and the police lieutenant sounded the same cautionary note when they warned there are many rumors circulating, fueled by people heedless of the difference between rumor and fact.
See, if you know Ewing, you know he's a petty, vindictive sob who likes to slip in little slaps like this aimed at the people he's writing about. At one time he was even bumped down to writing obits again for these kind of shenanigans. His hard-on for a Portage County judge's removal was some of the worst yellow journalism the Plain Dealer has printed in the last fifty years.
I also suspect metro editor Chris Quinn had something to do with the lack of coverage for this new development. And certainly this particular article should have passed by Quinn's desk. Quinn isn't a Renner fan. Not since I exposed his tight relationship with 1st assistant prosecutor Michael O'Malley, who would pass stories to Quinn which would then show up in the pages of the Plain Dealer.
For the record, let me state again, I am not convinced of Dienes' guilt. There are many likely suspects, which you can read about on this blog. But Dienes needs to be looked at. Needs to be questioned. And people need to know the police are looking at this guy.