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Process underway that could lead to suspension of Mahoning County Auditor Sciortino

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The Ohio Attorney General's Office is asking the Ohio Supreme court to begin a process that could result in the suspension of Michael Sciortino from his job as Mahoning County Auditor.

The Attorney General's Office on Thursday sent the court information about the 23 criminal counts facing Sciortino, requesting that the  Chief Justice convene a three-judge panel to review the charges that were filed against him.

Sciortino, Youngstown Mayor John McNally and attorney Martin Yavorcik were arraigned Thursday on a total of 83 charges, alleging that the took part in a criminal conspiracy over the sale of the Oakhill Renaissance Place to Mahoning County.
 
Under Ohio law,  after the panel is appointed, it will have two weeks to make a preliminary determination about whether or not the charges could adversely affect Sciortino's administration of his duties.

If it is decided that the charges could interfere with Sciortino's ability to conduct the business of the Auditor, he'll have another two weeks to contest the determination.

Sciortino would then appear at a special meeting of the commission to present his position. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, the special commission will make a final determination as to whether Sciortino should be suspended from office.

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