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Ohio ex-attorney general pleads guilty on 2 counts

Ohio ex-attorney general pleads guilty on 2 counts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's former attorney general has pleaded
guilty to two ethics violations involving improper payments to
staff from campaign and office transition funds.

Marc Dann's attorney entered guilty pleas on his behalf in a
Columbus courtroom Friday morning. Franklin County Municipal Court
Judge Ted Barrows described the plea as an Alford plea, in which a
defendant acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction
but does not admit wrongdoing.

Dann maintained his innocence while also telling the judge he
took full responsibility for his mistakes. He was fined $1,000 and
sentenced to perform 500 hours of community service.

Barely into his first term, a sexual harassment scandal
involving top aides broke out, ultimately leading to his
resignation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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