Ohio Supreme Court denies Sciortino’s lawyer request

Michael Scortino

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) –  As a panel of retired judges decides whether to suspend Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino, he will have to defend himself without the help of a lawyer.

That is the jist of a ruling late Monday by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Justices ordered members of a Special Commission to hold a meeting with Sciortino to determine if he needs to be suspended from office, with pay, because of his indictment on corruption charges earlier this year.

Ohio law allows office holders to be removed if their criminal charges involve their current position, but it does not permit those office holders to have an attorney to represent them. Sciortino was defeated in the Nov. 4 election and his current term ends in March.

At this point, there is no word when that meeting between the auditor and the Special Commission will be held and neither Sciortino nor his lawyer could be reached.

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