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Ohio governor violated lawyer ethics rules: state disciplinary board

[JURIST] Ohio Governor Bob Taft [official website] is set to face a second round of disciplinary action for failing to report gifts that he received while in office. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel [official website], part of the Ohio Supreme Court [official website] tasked with monitoring lawyer behavior, said Monday that Taft violated the Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility [text] for receiving over 50 gifts worth up to $6,000 during his past four years in office.

Taft pleaded no contest [JURIST report] in August 2005 to charges [JURIST report] that he failed to provide complete financial disclosure statements to the Ohio Ethics Commission [official website], neglecting to report golf outings and other gifts. The state supreme court will ultimately decide the appropriate punishment for Taft's ethics violations and he could lose his license to practice law. AP has more.

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