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Dann deserves 6-month ban

April 11, 2012
Salem News

Disgraced former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is the only person ever to hold that post who behaved so outrageously as to require discipline by the state Supreme Court.

Dann resigned in 2008 after his crimes started to come to light. They include sexual harassment, failing to disclose campaign expenses and improperly paying two political aides from public funds.

High court justices are considering a proposal by the state Disciplinary Counsel calling for Dann to be barred from working as an attorney for six months. Dann is countering that he should be allowed to continue practicing as a lawyer.

He should be relieved the Disciplinary Counsel did not recommend harsher punishment - which the court still could order.

While Dann was attorney general, he and some of his aides seemed to be focused on using the office for their own enjoyment, not for the good of Buckeye State residents.

No state official should get away with such offenses without severe punishment. But Dann's crimes, committed while he was the state's chief law enforcement official, were especially egregious.

Supreme Court justices should bar him from practicing law for six months - at least.



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