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Disputed Ohio fine sent to Newtown spurs new suit

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A lawsuit questions whether Ohio law requires criminal fines to be paid to counties or allows judges to direct that money elsewhere, such as to the Connecticut community where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults.

Attorney Craig Conley filed the lawsuit Friday in Stark County on behalf of a taxpayer challenging a judge's decision to send a $5,000 fine to the Newtown school support fund. The money was paid by a former high school basketball coach convicted of videotaping boys in a locker room shower.

The lawsuit argues criminal fines must be paid to counties by law and judges can't redirect that money.

An administrator with the prosecutor's office says the judge has immunity and tells The Repository in Canton the case is a "waste of time."

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