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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ohio Governor Convicted

As WhiteCollarCrimeProf reports, Governor Bob Taft (U Cincinnati Law '76) pleaded no contest to 4 misdemeanors.  Under Ohio law, a conviction based on a no-contest plea does seem to be a conviction, and usable as a predicate offense. State v. Mapes, 19 Ohio St.3d 108, 484 N.E.2d 140 (1985) (grant of habeas in this case affirmed, BTW, Mapes v. Tate, 388 F.3d 187, 2004 Fed.App. 0380P (6th Cir. 2004). Has a sitting governor been convicted of a crime and remained in office? [Jack Chin]

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