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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:52 PM
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Contract Shillers:Taft to be deposed in corruption lawsuit
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Hearts and Minds:Contract Shillers::Taft to be deposed in corruption lawsuit

By Larry durstin


THERE IS PROBABLY NOTHING less exciting about government work than the awarding of contracts to private companies to provide goods and services. But over the next several months, Cleveland attorney Ken Seminatore intends to wade neck-deep into state bureaucracy, interviewing executives from dozens of companies that have done business with Ohio over the past four years, and the elected officials who had a hand in awarding those contracts.

Governor Bob Taft, gubernatorial hopefuls Attorney General Jim Petro and Auditor Betty Montgomery and many others will get to spend a few hours in a conference room, answering questions for a far-reaching lawsuit alleging massive corruption in the awarding of no-bid contracts by Ohio politicians.

This represents the first time a private party has been able to take documentary and deposition discovery of statewide officials in a corruption case, says Seminatore, who has been practicing law in Cleveland for 35 years.

Filed in August 2004, Hagan v. Taft the Hagan being Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, who ran for governor against Taft in 2002 was stayed shortly thereafter. But last month, Judge Joseph Kainrad ruled that discovery should re-commence and be concluded on or before February 28, 2006. Kainrad is a retired judge from Portage County who had been appointed by Ohio Chief Justice Thomas Moyer to preside over the case after Moyer had disqualified every judge in Cuyahoga County from hearing it...

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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:03 PM
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1. it seems Ohio's Republican corruption is a parallel
with that in D.C. The only thing that bothers me about the info is that Blackwell isn't a target also. He seriously needs to be revealed for what he is. His disregard for the integrity of the vote and democracy itself needs to be in the headlines for the next 12 months.
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Blue for Ohio Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:41 PM
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2. Absolutely!!
Based on the findings of John Conyer's report "What Went Wrong in Ohio", Blackwell shouldn't be anywhere NEAR the election process in Ohio...let alone be the person in charge of certifying it! His malicious and evil tactics in 2004 guaranteed the antithesis of a fair and honest election.

Blue

P.S. love your nickname! :hi:
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:47 PM
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3. Welcome to DU (from another Buckeye). n/t
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:22 PM
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4. Howdy neighbor...
hope you enjoy your stay. :hi:
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Blue for Ohio Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:04 PM
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5. thanks...
I've actually been lurking for a loooong time. Finally got up the nerve to post some of my thoughts. :hi:

Blue
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banana republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:28 PM
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6. welcome to du....n/t
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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 05:31 PM
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7. thanks
and welcome to DU :hi:
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