Clinkscale “falls on her sword” to save Mayor Norton in court

Congratulations to former East Cleveland Prosecuting Attorney Michael Winston for winning the CV-14-821810 captioned as: TRACY L. UDRIJA DBA UDRIJA & ASSOCIATES vs. CITY OF EAST CLEVELAND.   The real case was Gary Norton running a vendetta against Tracy Udrija and just like any war story this case had its hero’s and losers.



Former East Cleveland Chief of Staff Collette Clinkscale came to the rescue of Mayor Gary Norton by taking all the blame over Tracy Udrija not being paid and having to sue the city for victory.  Clinkscale fell on her own sword which allowed Mayor Norton to disavow any knowledge of wrong doing in reference to Udrija.    Clinkscale because a true gladiator for taking all of the blame and nothing can be done to her as she is no long employed by East Cleveland which was a good tactical move by the Norton forces.


Mayor Gary Norton managed to “dummy up” on the witness stand only answering yes, No, and my favorite of his answers repeated was “perhaps.”   In general Norton sat up and acted like the king on a chess board alone while the other side has all of its most powerful pieces including a well liked queen such as what Udrija became to all watching.

Since we are equating this case to the game of chess board pieces and war jargon there was one shining night in the form of lawyer Michael Winston who proved to himself and everyone that he deserved to take a seat at the round table.  It was very enjoyable watching all of the deception being thrown up until when Clinkscale ended it all with her admission of guilt saving Gary Norton from total embarrassment.’s_sword



fall on one’s sword

  1. Used other than as an idiom: To commit suicideby allowing one’s body to drop onto the point of one’s sword.
  2. (idiomatic,by extension) To resign from a job or other position of responsibility, especially when pressured to do so. [ quotations ▼]
  3. (idiomatic) To voluntarilytake the blame for a situation. [ quotations ▼]

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