Mount Union College Observes Constitution Day

April 19, 2010

Ohio State Solicitor Bill Marshall and Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero spoke to members of the Mount Union College Community in honor of Constitution Day on September 17.

Marshall focused on the civil liberties owed to citizens of the United States. He recalled the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and spoke about what has occurred in our government since that tragedy.

'Some of our rights are being compromised while the country is trying to get a little closer to peace,' said Marshall. 'Citizens have to deal with wire tapping and people listening to their conversations, as well as the possibility of being held as an enemy combatant without the due process of law.'

Marshall went on to link today's current practices with the Constitution. 'We should not roll over and forget this document,' he cautioned, 'because it would mean we were forgetting the principles upon which we were founded.'

Ferrero focused on how he handles various aspects of his job as a prosecuting attorney. According to Ferrero, his job is to 'get the facts straight' and make sure that the rights of the accused are followed as stated in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

'We are not here to win cases,' said Ferrero. 'Prosecutors are here to see that justice is served.'

He also shared that he is part of a team working to provide education and guidance through local churches and school districts to help fight teen gang problems.

'This fight is not one-sided,' said Ferrero. 'It's not just for the community's safety. We are also trying to save the kids.'

Ferrero concluded by focusing on how best to deal with the press in high-profile cases such as the Jesse Davis case. Because of the national attention it received, Ferrero had to deal with numerous media outlets across the nation. He also stressed the importance of conducting the trial in Stark County, so that the 'facts were accurate.'

This event, held in honor of the federally-mandated Constitution Day, was coordinated by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service in conjunction with the Mount Union Pre-Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta.

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