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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 03:26 AM

Prosecutors accuse Ohio Republicans of taking $60m in bribes as corruption trial opens

Source: Guardian

State house speaker Larry Householder and four others charged with racketeering and could face up to 20 years in prison



Former Ohio house speaker Larry Householder. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

Mario Ariza in Cincinnati for Floodlight
Mon 23 Jan 2023 18.52 EST

Federal prosecutors on the first day of a historic racketeering trial in Ohio alleged that top Republicans in the state accepted bribes from the power company FirstEnergy.

The trial, which is expected to last six weeks, is the latest utility scandal following cases in the last 10 years in Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida which experts say has led to higher bills for consumers, less green energy, and more CO2 emissions.

One of the defendants, the former Ohio house speaker Larry Householder, told reporters Monday morning as he waited for opening statements in the US district court in Cincinnati that he has done nothing wrong and expects “redemption”.

Householder is charged with one count of racketeering, and if convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/23/ohio-republican-larry-householder-corruption-trial

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Reply Prosecutors accuse Ohio Republicans of taking $60m in bribes as corruption trial opens (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 24 OP
progree Jan 24 #1
ToxMarz Jan 24 #2
Botany Jan 24 #3
mopinko Jan 24 #14
Joinfortmill Jan 24 #4
lonely bird Jan 24 #5
mackdaddy Jan 24 #9
lonely bird Jan 24 #11
SouthernDem4ever Jan 24 #6
Chin music Jan 24 #7
Stuart G Jan 24 #8
republianmushroom Jan 24 #10
Chin music Jan 24 #12
FakeNoose Jan 24 #13
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 05:44 AM

1. A lot of interesting and ugly details in the article, well worth the read /nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 06:53 AM

2. If he's done nothing wrong why would he be expecting redemption

re·demp·tion
/rəˈdem(p)SH(?n/
noun

1.
the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 07:03 AM

3. Many Ohio Republicans are way dirty this is just one example although a big one.

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Kasich either as Governor or when he was with Lehmen Brothers ran or helped scams just as big.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:32 PM

14. old enough to remember bob ney and the coin scandal.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 07:18 AM

4. What scum.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:42 AM

5. Ohio...

The definition of a shithole state. The state legislature is a disgusting mess. Dewine turned spineless. They have, iirc, reduced the number of hours of firearm training to 8. And on and on it goes.

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Response to lonely bird (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:59 AM

9. Basically reduced it to ZERO hours.

The Repubs passed "Constitutional Carry" last year.

Anyone can carry concealed with no license or background check now in Ohio.

(technically you are not suppose to with a record, but no checks.)

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Response to mackdaddy (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 12:44 PM

11. Hey!

We’re trying to out Confederate the Confederacy.

I must laugh at my state so I don’t cry for my state.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:09 AM

6. I remember driving across the border and seeing "Ohio, the heart of it all!"

in my mind I was hearing "Ohio! The fart of it all!"

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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:34 AM

8. Look at picture. The fellow sitting there is sure he can get away with .ANYTHING! (he has that look)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 11:42 AM

10. If true, he did come cheap.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 11:54 PM

15. FirstEnergy has been corrupt for more than 20 years

Not at all surprised to see them in this.

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