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Nathaniel Cook Revisited

Total Credits: 1.5

Criminal Law
Pete Rost |  Hon. Charles Wittenberg, Retired |  Tom Luettke |  Julia Bates
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In 1980 and 1981, Toledo was terrorized by a series of serial killings involving young couples parked in their cars, and several young women.  One survivor of these attacks remained to tell of the tragic events.  Anthony and Nathaniel Cook were suspects in these murders, but the cases remained unsolved for 2 decades.


This is the story of the cold-case investigation and prosecution of these brothers for one of these murders.  The case concluded with convictions in 2000, and both men were sentenced – Anthony Cook for a second life term – Nathaniel Cook for 25-75 years, with the agreement that his release would not be opposed after he had served 20 years.


The facts of these crimes, the unimaginable suffering of the families, and the high-profile visibility of the entire criminal process gives a compelling overview of the intertwining relationships between truth and justice.



Pete Rost Related seminars and products:

Kaplan, Richardson, Rost & Vicente

  • Graduated from the University of Toledo Law School and passed the Ohio Bar in 1977.
  • Associated with the offices of Kaplan, Richardson & Rost since 1977.
  • Primary area of practice is criminal defense.

Hon. Charles Wittenberg, Retired Related seminars and products:

Lucas County Common Pleas Court





January, 2007- December 2016

Retired Judge, sitting by assignment by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Mediator and arbitrator.

December, 1996-January, 2007:

Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Lucas County, Ohio. Elected in 1996, and re-elected in 2000. Served as Administrative Judge for the General Division in 2005. Served as Presiding Judge of all divisions of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court in 2006.


December, 1975-December, 1996:

Private Practice of Law. General practice, including litigation and appeals,criminal law, Civil Rights, Social Security, personal injury,and probate.


September, 1991-November, 1996:

Magistrate, Toledo Municipal Court (part time). Small Claims Court, criminal and traffic arraignments and sentencings, garnishment, replevin and license suspension hearings.


January, 1985-September, 1991:

President and legal counsel of Wittenberg Associates Agency, Inc. a family and closely held corporation.


April, 1973-November, 1975:

Ohio Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General. Areas of practice included trials and appeals, eminent domain, environmental law, real property

law, Civil Rights, contracts and administrative law.


November, 1989:

Elected to the Board of Education of the Sylvania City Public School System for a four year term. Re-elected in 1993. Served as president of the School Board in 1992 and 1995. Resigned in 1997 upon election to the Common Pleas Court.



March, 1973:

The University of Toledo, College of Law. Doctor of Jurisprudence. Cum

Laude. Law Review, 1972-1973.

December, 1969:

The University of Toledo, College of Arts and Sciences. Bachelor of Arts.

Major: Political Science. Dean's list.

March, 2006:

The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada.

Certification in Civil Mediation.

Tom Luettke Related seminars and products:

Re Entry Coalition of NW Ohio

Tom Luettke has been a practicing attorney in Lucas County since 2003, working as a solo practitioner in the area of criminal defense and bankruptcy.  Tom is an active member of the Reentry Coalition of Northwest Ohio helping to eliminate barriers for citizens returning from incarceration, and in 2015 Tom was hired as the Reentry Coordinator at the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.  In this position Tom oversees the applications for federal reentry grants and then manages the grants that are awarded.  Lucas County has been awarded three Second Chance Act reentry grants.  Tom is actively involved at the state level advocating for reentry programs and is the president of the Ohio Association of Local Reentry Coalitions.  Tom serves on a number of boards in our community as well.  In 2018 he was elected president of the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board.  He is currently the secretary of the Northwest Ohio Homeowners Development Agency and is on the executive committee of the Lucas County Bar Association.  In addition he is chairman of the Common Pleas Committee at the Toledo Bar Association.  Tom is a graduate of Adrian College and the University of Toledo, College of Law.

Julia Bates Related seminars and products:

Lucas County Prosecutors Office

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