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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A long time attorney and man who led the charge against corruption in the local government is celebrating his retirement.

After decades of representing low income people in civil matters, James Callen is retiring from the legal profession.

Callen mostly made a name for himself by founding the Citizens League of Youngstown.  It was that group who crusaded against organized crime and its influence on valley politics.

Callen and the league first took that fight to Washington D.C. and testified before the US Senate.

"I think that helped get the attention of the federal officials and I think over the years they made a significant impact on eliminating the presence of organized crime in a way it had been accustomed to influence and control this community," says Callen.

Youngstown Municipal Judge Robert Milich says Callen risked a lot by standing up to organized crime.

"It's a reason why people don't attempt it because it's such a difficult task but he hasn't given up and he's spent a lot of years and he hasn't given up yet. I suspect even in retirement he's still going to be working on his mission," says Milich.

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