Another member quits county elections board
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Plain Dealer Reporter
Board Chairman Bob Bennett said Tuesday that he has no intention of resigning. Instead, he requested that the county prosecutor's office defend him against charges leveled by Brunner that board members violated state election laws and failed to properly administer elections.
Bennett made the request despite having earlier accused Prosecutor Bill Mason's office of providing inadequate legal representation to the board, resulting in two employees being convicted of rigging the 2004 presidential recount. The two were sentenced to 18 months in prison, the maximum.
A spokesman for Mason said the county would pay for an outside counsel for Bennett.
Bennett, head of Ohio's GOP, picked Cincinnati attorney Stanley Chesley, a big Democratic supporter who is often dubbed a "super lawyer" because of his successful handling of mass-injury cases involving diet drugs, Agent Orange, silicon gel implants and cigarettes.