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Former Attorney General Pleads Guilty

Misdemeanor Ethics Charges from State Investigation
Marc Dann Gone
David Silver

With the two-year statute of limitations approaching quickly former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann pleaded guilty Friday to a pair of misdemeanor ethics charges.

According to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, Dann entered pleas to one count of providing improper compensation and a second count of filing a false financial disclosure.

Prosecutors say Dann who resigned in May 2008, entered an “Alford plea,” where the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges that enough evidence exists to lead to a conviction. The former state attorney general now faces a $500 fine for each count and must serve 500 hours of community service by mid-2012.

The plea comes two years after Dann resigned in disgrace amid a sexual harassment scandal in his office and his admission he had an affair with a member of his staff.

An investigative report released after his resignation made allegations that the state’s former top lawyer turned campaign contributions into a “personal honey pot,” lined the pockets of workers on his payroll, and blew thousands of state dollars on office perks.