August 17, 2005

SAD END TO THE DYNASTY:

Taft facing four criminal charges for failing to report gifts (Alan Johnson and Mark Niquette, August 17, 2005, The Columbus Dispatch)

Gov. Bob Taft is expected to be charged this afternoon in Franklin County Municipal Court with four criminal misdemeanors for failing to disclose golf outings and possibly other favors.

The charges are to be outlined at a press conference this afternoon with Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien and Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr.

If convicted on the first-degree misdemeanor charges, Taft faces a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail on each count. [...]

While it is not expected, the criminal charges could lead to Taft's impeachment under the Ohio Constitution.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2005 3:45 PM
Comments

I have a friend who is a judge and he is scrupulous about things like letting other people pay for golf outings, dinners etc. You'd think the Governor would be a little more careful...

Posted by: Foos at August 17, 2005 4:06 PM

Taft is worse than embarasement to a once great name, he is going to be the downfall of the Republican party in Ohio.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 17, 2005 4:18 PM

What's the point of getting into politics, if you can't get the perks? Louisiana has a more sophisticated attitude.

Posted by: h-man at August 17, 2005 4:33 PM

"failing to disclose"

So bribing the Gov. is okay, and so is his accepting the bribes, but the crime here is that he didn't make them public.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 17, 2005 4:51 PM

The sooner he's gone, the better. Even Alphonso, William, and Robert would vote against this clod.

Posted by: AC at August 17, 2005 9:13 PM
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