Thursday, August 11, 2005


Ethics report on OH Gov. Taft forwarded to prosecutors

From the Ohio News Network:
A state ethics board investigating Gov. Bob Taft's failure to report several golf outings indicated Thursday its inquiry was complete and it would forward the results to prosecutors.

The announcement by Ohio Ethics Commission Executive Director David Freel did not mention Taft or any details of the agency's investigation.

Taft, a Republican, has acknowledged the commission is investigating his golf outings but has repeatedly declined to comment until the process was complete.
The commission has "completed its investigation of matters before it and will be in contact with the appropriate prosecutors as required," Freel said.

Freel said he could not say more under state laws governing the commission.
Although Freel obviously does not address whether the commission believes Taft broke any laws, attorneys we have checked with indicate that the Commission would have not have another reason to forward its report to the prosecutor unless this was the case.
Rumors have been floating around the Ohio Statehouse for two weeks that Taft and his attorneys have already been in plea bargain discussions with prosecutors.

While nothing has surfaced to confirm that, last Thursday Taft released some information about 27 of at least 60 events or activities that the governor failed to disclose on mandatory financial statements submitted to the Ethics Commission.


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