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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 08:29 AM
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Ohio Supreme Court panel backs reprimand for Taft
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060...

Justices to decide possible penalty in ethics case

COLUMBUS — It’s now up to the Ohio Supreme Court to decide if Gov. Bob Taft should be publicly reprimanded for his conviction last year on misdemeanor ethics violations.

Yesterday, the high court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline announced it agrees with a recommendation from a three-member panel that Mr. Taft, a lawyer in Ohio since 1976, should receive that sanction.

The great-grandson of a U.S. president, Mr. Taft pleaded no contest in August, 2005, to four misdemeanor violations of state ethics laws.

In his court-ordered apology to Ohioans, Mr. Taft admitted that over seven years he failed to report 45 golf outings provided to him, including one in 2002 with Toledo-area coin dealer Tom Noe, as well six other social events and a Senior Open gift set from Noe...

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GOTV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 10:11 AM
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1. In what sense is a "court-ordered apology" an apology?
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 11:13 AM
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2. This is nickel and dime stuff compared to Blackwell's crimes
Edited on Thu Aug-17-06 11:16 AM by theHandpuppet
Failing to report golf outings is nothing compared to election tampering. Blackwell is the slimebag who needs to be slapped down, hard. If Ken "Diebold" Blackwell is allowed to continue running roughshod through Ohio politics, we will have no chance of turning Ohio blue. He'll sabotage the 2006 November elections as surely as he did in 2004.

If Ted Strickland manages to win the gubernatorial seat in Ohio by a margin that is indisputable even for Blackwell, I hope one of his first priorities will be to launch an official investigation into Blackwell's treasonous corruption. I would love nothing more than to see him behind bars!

Edited with apologies to Mr. Strickland.
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kittenpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 11:20 AM
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3. The NRA even supports Strickland...
I was visiting family in rural northern Ohio & saw an NRA sign for him! Hopefully enough Ohians are pissed off now that no amount of tampering will change the election.
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