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Chief justice appoints corruption board

Register • Feb 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor appointed a special three-judge commission today to consider the suspension of Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine asked for the suspension after a special grand jury indicted Kelly on 25 criminal counts Jan. 31, including 13 counts of theft in office,

O'Connor was required to wait 14 days before appointing the commission, according to a news release from the Ohio Supreme Court. 

The news release did not provide the names of the persons appointed to the review commission. 

Sheriff Kelly has denied he committed any illegal acts.

"The indictment charges that the criminal conduct Kelly undertook spans his entire tenure of holding the public office of Athens County sheriff,"  a document signed by Assistant Attorney General James Roberts states. "By taking campaign donations, Kelly began using his position for his own personal gain before even assuming office."

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