August 17, 2005
Gov. Bob Taft today became the first Ohio Governor charged with a crime. The four misdemeanor counts stem from failing to report 52 gifts including golf games, meals, and professional sports tickets.
The governor will appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday at 11 a.m. to hear the charges. Mr. Taft has canceled a scheduled event in Port Clinton and plans to hold a news conference tomorrow.
A spokesman for the governor said Mr. Taft has no plans to resign.
The charges were announced this afternoon at a news conference with Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien and Columbus City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer. The gifts were worth about $5,800 and occurred from 2001 through 2004, prosecutors said.
Taft is Ohio’s first sitting governor to be charged with a crime—another triumph for the state’s crooked Republicans.
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