I have to say Householder and his "cronies" appear to be engaging in some rather unsavory conduct, but it also seems to me that a closer look at the "deep background" of this "anonymous memo" and resulting investigation into the Householder allegations might turn up something to do with a Democrat rival for Attorney General, or something...or am I thinking of some other case? Do I remember something about "Mason"?!
LOL! I don't know my Ohio politics very well, I'm afraid...but I will remedy that, and while I tend to think quite highly of Blackwell (from what I know), he really shouldn't be fanning any flames here, IMHO. It just plays into the hands of the Democrats who I suspect are helping this whole little "feud" along, and who are likely the instigator in the first place...
Head of Householder probe expert in corruption cases
Friday, May 28, 2004
Robert Ruth and Jon Craig
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The Washington lawyer overseeing the investigation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householders campaign activities and consultants has prosecuted public-corruption cases across the country.
John W. Scotts highest-profile case was the unsuccessful prosecution of two Utah community leaders accused of bribing members of the International Olympic Committee to choose Salt Lake City as the site of the 2002 Winter Games.
Scott, a 45-year-old senior trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justices public-integrity section, has had successes, too, winning corruption convictions in Alabama and Texas.
Scott is overseeing the Ohio probe and is expected to lead any prosecution if there are charges, but the investigation itself is being handled by FBI and IRS agents in Columbus.
Assistant U.S. attorneys based in Columbus have prosecuted several local public-corruption cases, including businessmen accused of bribing Harold W. "Hal" Hyrne, former city manager of Upper Arlington.
But the accusations against Householder and the consultants were seen as so politically sensitive that the case was referred to Washington. Scott and other lawyers for the public-integrity section routinely travel throughout the nation prosecuting federal corruption cases.
Scott and another Justice Department lawyer prosecuted the Olympics bribery case, which ended in December when a federal judge dismissed felony charges against two of the men who led Salt Lake Citys bidding effort for the Winter Games.
Six months earlier, Scott helped win guilty pleas in Alabama from a former top aide to the governor and two Montgomery businessmen on bribery charges.
He also was co-prosecutor in a bribery case involving a former Houston city councilman and a former Houston port commissioner. Both were convicted in December 1998.
Scott declined to comment about the Householder case.