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Ohio City Settles Suit Over Police Cover-Up in Murder Investigation for $1.5 Million

James Cramer and William Nuss, Sharonville Ohio police officers, investigated the 1931 murder of Marie Schuholz and her roommate. Marie’s children believed that her estranged husband, Albert Schuholz, had killed her after she filed for a divorce. Albert was a loan shark who used Cramer, who had been assigned to the investigation by Nuss, as a collection agent.

Cramer intentionally mishandled the investigation and Nuss did nothing about it. Marie's children filed suit in federal district court against the city of Sharonville in 2001, claiming that police officials had violated their civil rights by conspiring to cover up their mother’s murder. In September 2006, the city settled the case for $1.5 million. See: Kammeyer v. City of Sharonville, U.S.D.C. (S.D. Ohio), Case No. 1:01-cv-00649-SAS.

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Kammeyer v. City of Sharonville