Outgoing Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason insists he knew nothing about the corruption that permeated county government until it was uprooted by federal investigators. Mason defended his record Friday on 90.3's the Sound of Ideas. ideastream's Nick Castele reports.
Guests on the show and callers asked Mason several times what his office knew about corruption endemic in county. Mason has never been implicated as being involved, and says he wasn't privy to it.
"I'm the prosecutor," he said, "and you've got to believe and understand that the folks who are ripping off people and doing things they shouldn't be doing -- they're not telling me about it. They're hiding that from me. So it's not like you have an easy -- just because I'm an elected official, I should know."
Mason said his office's task force on economic crimes prosecuted hundreds of other public officials and public employees.
He also talked about other highlights from his career, including his push to bring about a new county government and his work to start a task force on Internet crimes against children.
Mason announced earlier this week he'll leave office early. He'll step down at the end of this month to join the Columbus law firm Bricker and Eckler at its Cleveland office. Timothy McGinty, the Democratic candidate for prosecutor, will take his place.