8/17/2005

Daily Kos: Ohio Attorney General in Trouble

Ohio Attorney General in Trouble
by rockodog37 [Subscribe]
Wed Aug 17th, 2005 at 07:30:24 CDT

Yep, Ohio again. The latest is the attorney general of Ohio- Jim Petro- playing games with the public records law in order to protect himself.

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If you're not watching the Toledo Blade case, you're missing out on the ever-deeper tar pit into which Petro has put himself. When faced with a public documents request for documents relating to the workers comp. fund and the Noe scandal, Petro first argued that the documents were protected by the "trade secret" privilege.

The Supreme Court shot that down without hestitation (read Pfeiffer's concurrence): http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-ohio-3549.pdf

Next, Petro failed to produce documents in compliance with that order, so the Blade filed contempt of court charges. The Supreme Court accepted the contempt charges and gave Petro his marching orders to produce documents immediately:http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-ohio-4053.pdf

However, Petro still played games by redacting some of the documents, claiming that the redacted portions didn't qualify as "public." So the Supreme Court was forced to name a receiver to reveiw each redaction and ensure that it was honestly made. Here's that opinion: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2005/2005-ohio-4096.pdf

The receiver has to file a report with the Court on August 22, 2005. Stay tuned.

One interesting note is that five of the Justices had to recuse themselves from these opinions because they took campaign contributions from Noe himself. They are: Chief Justice Moyer and Justices Stratton, O'Connor, O'Donnell, and Lanzinger. Shouldn't they be under investigation?

Daily Kos: Ohio Attorney General in Trouble

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