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Commission appointed to consider suspending Sciortino

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A three-judge panel has been appointed to consider removing Mahoning county auditor Michael Sciortino from office pending the outcome of the felony case against him.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor appointed the panel Friday, 14 days after the Ohio Attorney General requested it, as required by law.

The panel consists of three retired judges, Thomas J. Grady of the Second District Court of Appeals, David C. Faulkner of Hardin County and Timothy S. Hogan of Hamilton county.

Under Ohio law, the commission will have to make a recommendation on whether or not to suspend Sciortino within 14 days.

If a suspension is recommended, Sciortino would then have 14 days to challenge the decision and appear at a hearing to argue his case.

That hearing would need to be scheduled within 14 days of Sciortino's request.

Sciortino, along with Youngstown mayor John McNally and attorney Martin Yavorcik, is facing a laundry list of felony charges related to alleged improper influence peddling regarding Mahoning county's purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Center.

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