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Ohio Supreme Court reprimands outgoing Republican Gov. Bob Taft for ethics violations

Ohio Supreme Court reprimands outgoing Republican Gov. Bob Taft for ethics violations

The Ohio state Supreme Court on Wednesday publicly reprimanded Ohio Gov. Bob Taft for his ethics violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent record as an attorney.
Taft, a Republican and great-grandson of President William Howard Taft, pleaded no contest in 2005 to failing to report golf outings and other gifts and was fined $4,000. He could not seek re-election because of term limits and leaves office in less than two weeks.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel, an arm of the state Supreme Court, said in April that Taft violated Ohio's code of professional conduct for lawyers, and Taft, an attorney since 1976, later signed an agreement admitting the violation.
The justices agreed by a vote of 6-0 Wednesday with a recommendation from the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline to issue the public reprimand. The court could have rejected the recommendation or ordered a stronger punishment.
The charges against Taft stemmed from his failure to report 52 gifts worth nearly $6,000 that he received over four years while in office.
The case spiraled off a scandal in which a Republican fundraiser was convicted of stealing from a $50 million state investment in rare coins, which contributed to the Republican Party's loss of the governor's office on Election Day.
Taft never considered resigning, although he had previously forced out several staff members for improperly accepting gifts.


Updated : 2021-04-19 02:58 GMT+08:00