Contacted later by the Journal-News, Jones replied.
“Many times I’ve tried to look at the prosecutor and tried to save him from himself and still do and look out for his well-being,” Jones said. “I was hoping they would get an AG’s opinion, the opinion would have been totally different. But I can’t get that done through the prosecutor. I believe this was all prejudged before this. Again, I’ve been working on this for 10 years and I’m not done.”
Jones said Gmoser gave him a “template” he can take to the legislature to make a new law that will pass constitutional muster.
Jones has tried the takeover previously but Gmoser would not allow the transfer previously because it was not legal under Ohio law.
In the state’s most recent budget bill, Sen. Bill Coley inserted a clause that would allow the transfer, but essentially just for Butler County, not the entire state.