Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann gets six months suspension of law licence by Ohio Supreme Court justices

By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper(www.clevelandurbannews.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Former Democratic Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, who beat Republican incumbent attorney general Betty Montgomery in a heated fight to win the seat in  2006 only to resign amid a sexual scandal in May of 2008 where he admitted having sex with a female employee, was issued a six month suspension by the Ohio Supreme Court of his law license last week. 

It did not help that Ohio's high court has six Republicans out of seven, a venue considered a stronghold for the Ohio Republican Party. 

Dann pleaded guilty in 2010 to misdemeanor charges of misuse of campaign funds for rent and utilities on a condominium and a $5,000 gift loan. A second charge accused him of knowingly filing a false financial disclosure form.

In a scathing rebuke the seven justices said that Dann must be held to a higher standard because of his position and that he used poor judgment. 

Dann has since divorced and told reporters that he now has a girlfriend that accepts him for who he is. He had hoped that his pro bono work on illegal foreclosures might carry some weight, a misnomer apparently where in Ohio much of the foreclosure impropriety is allegedly perpetuated by many of the judges themselves. 

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