Cleveland, Ohio 2021-07-28 11:59:00 –
Cleveland City Councilor Ken Johnson, who is currently being tried in Akron for theft in numerous offices, remains suspended from his council seats.Ohio Supreme Court Dismissed Johnson’s appeal on Friday After he did not submit the merit briefs scheduled for the beginning of the week in a timely manner.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost came from the council after Johnson was indicted in February (more than two years after Mark Nymic on Cleveland.com published a thorough series on alleged misconduct by Johnson). I asked for a stop. A committee of retired judges appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court agreed.
“These numerous felony accusations against Mr Johnson result in the essence of his elected position,” a committee of three judges wrote in the decision. “They are directly related to Mr Johnson’s public office service and the authority he has in that public office, and they claim abuse of that credible position.”
Johnson appealed, during which time Judge Anthony Russo of the Kaiyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office appointed Marion Anita Gardner as a provisional councilor for District 4. ..
“Mr. Gardner stood out during the interview because of her advocacy and dedication to the residents of District 4,” Russo wrote. “Mr. Gardner … has been enthusiastic about housing, childcare, transportation, vocational training, health care and other issues for the residents of District 4. She is a supporter of the community and will be in the future. She will also use her knowledge and experience as an interim councilor to provide the best service to residents. ”
Currently, there are 12 city council candidates in District 4, including Ken Johnson. The primary election is September 14th. Johnson cannot serve if convicted of a federal crime against him.
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