Chief justice appoints corruption board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine alleges Athens County sheriff is a criminal
Register
Feb 19, 2014

 

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."

Comments

Wald

Maybe when they are finished in Athens County the corruption board can investigate officials in Sandusky County.

Julie R.

Maybe when they are finished in Athens County the corruption board can also investigate officials in Erie County.

Peninsula Pundit

From what we've been reading of late,ALL LEO, OSHP,Prosecutors,Sherriff's mentioned above and Ottawa County,too, should be investigated.

Pete

"The indictment charges that the criminal conduct Kelly undertook spans his entire tenure of holding the public office of Athens County sheriff,"

Kelly, 63, a Democrat, was re-elected in 2012 to his second four-year term as sheriff. If he were suspended, the county Democratic Party leadership would appoint an interim sheriff.

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Another corrupt member of the Democratic Party of Ohio. RICO the entire group. After Cuyahoga County it is over due!

Babo

The above article's headline is misleading in that it leads one to believe that one can request a "Corruption Board" be appointed to investigate public corruption. Instead the Commission/Panel is statutorily limited to consider only the narrow point whether a sheriff should be suspended from office pending the outcome of his criminal indictment.

The link provides the names of the three retired judges appointed to the Panel. It's actually a wasteful procedure as the Governor can move to remove a Sheriff from office for misconduct upon complaint by any citizen. Certainly an Indictment brought by the AG ought to be enough to remove him from office as the standard of proof would be that of a civil proceeding not a criminal proceeding.

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