978Re: Ohio governor charged with four misdemeanors
- Aug 17, 2005This is just one of the many reasons that explain his 19% approval
rating. Rather sad to see the way the "Taft dynasty" died on Bob
Taft's watch (in infamy).
His great-grandfather William Howard Taft, once stuck in the White
House bathtub, is probably rolling in his grave?
--- In email@example.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
> Ohio gov. charged with criminal misdemeanors
> Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:09 PM ET
> COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Ohio charged
> Gov. Bob Taft on Wednesday with four criminal
> misdemeanor counts alleging violations of state ethics
> laws for not reporting golf games and other outings
> paid for by others.
> The charges marked the first time an Ohio governor has
> been charged with a crime while in office. A Taft
> spokesman said the governor would not resign and would
> have a statement on Thursday.
> The charges against the Republican governor also
> marked another step in a still-unfolding scandal
> dubbed "Coingate" that involves $13 million in missing
> state funds and a top Ohio Republican fund-raiser.
> Stephen McIntosh, chief prosecutor for the Columbus
> city attorney, said most of the outings involved golf
> but also included meals and tickets to see the
> Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team.
> The undeclared amounts totaled a little less than
> $6,000, McIntosh said. The governor subsequently
> notified state ethics commission officials about the
> outings that had been omitted in previous filings of
> yearly disclosure forms. McIntosh said the governor is
> required to report gifts or benefits of $75 or more.
> Prosecutors were asking that Taft appear in court on
> Thursday morning, though if he chooses to enter a not
> guilty plea only his lawyer would have to be present,
> he said.
> If found guilty, he faces fines of $1,000 and six
> months in jail on each count, though jail time was
> considered unlikely.
> McIntosh said the probe of Taft grew out of an
> investigation into fund-raiser Tom Noe and the state's
> Bureau of Workers Compensation.
> Last month, Taft's former chief of staff was found
> guilty of violating ethics laws by not disclosing
> gifts from Noe, who is at the heart of the Coingate
> Noe was a rare coin dealer who allegedly mismanaged a
> $50 million state investment in rare coins. Noe's
> attorney has said $13 million was missing from the
> investment made for Ohio's Bureau of Worker's
> Compensation, a $15 billion fund that makes payments
> to disabled workers.
> Gov. Taft's father and grandfather both served in the
> U.S. Senate and his great-grandfather, William Howard
> Taft, was the 27th U.S. president, as well as chief
> justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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