Thursday, June 10, 2010
After $17 million, spigot for Democrat Commissioners’ outside counsel is cut off
More than two years ago, Prosecutor Joe Deters noted that the democrat Commissioners were wasting money on their political advisor and outside legal counsel, Tom Gableman and the firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease. He asked repeatedly and politely for the Commissioners to properly supervise the work of the Vorys firm, and to rein in the spending. Because the Commissioners were also getting free political counsel from the Vorys firm, the democrat Commissioners refused.
In October of last year, at Deters’ request, 12 of 13 Judge on the Common Pleas Court signed an Order terminating the Gableman/Vorys relationship. Over the next few weeks, the Commission held a series of illegal secret meetings that culminated in Portune and Pepper voting to hire themselves as attorneys to represent the Commission in a lawsuit against their own Common Pleas Court Judges at the Ohio Supreme Court. This suit has eaten up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees on both sides.
Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme ruled that the Pepper/Portune suit was filed in the wrong Court (great legal work David and Todd!) and lacked merit. In short, the Common Pleas Court Judges were correct in terminating the Vorys relationship.
So, Messrs. Pepper and Portune, the fountain of taxpayer funding for your political consultants has been cut off.
COAST extends a hearty “Thank You” to Joe Deters for taking on this fight to cut off this waste of tax moneys!