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Suspension Proceedings Move Forward for Indicted Toledo City Council Members

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week announced the filing of a Request to Commence Suspension Proceedings for four members of the Toledo City Council charged with bribery and extortion.

Until allegations of public corruption are resolved in court, a suspension is the proper remedy to balance the accuseds’ right of a presumption of innocence with the public’s interest to have a functioning city council, Yost said.

The request, filed in the Supreme Court of Ohio, states that Larry Sykes, Yvonne Harper, Garrick Gary Johnson and Tyrone Riley are charged with felonies stemming from alleged criminal activity that occurred in public office and cannot continue their duties as city council members while facing charges of bribery and extortion.

In response, three of the four city council members voluntarily signed a consent judgement entry, agreeing to the suspension pending the resolution of the felony charges in federal court. Johnson has yet to sign a judgement entry at this time.

A consent agreement is voluntary on the part of the accused, said Shelly Kennedy, managing attorney of the Ohio Attorney Generals regional office in Toledo. The parties in this case will present the agreements to the Supreme Court, who in turn, may approve the suspensions.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and City Council President Matt Cherry requested that Yost initiate proceedings under Ohio Revised Code 3.16 to suspend the accused city council members from office.





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Revised: 07/30/20 11:09:16 -0400.

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