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Special commission resists demand for speedy decision on Sciortino

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A special commission is resisting pressure from the Ohio Attorney General to make a quick decision on removing Mike Sciortino from his duties as Mahoning County auditor.

A specially appointed three judge panel issued a preliminary  finding in July that Sciortino should be suspended from his duties until there is a court decision on criminal charges he faces.

Sciortino, Youngstown attorney Martin Yavorcik, and Youngstown Mayor John McNally are accused of conspiring to cover up their alleged efforts to stop Mahoning County Commissioners from moving some county offices out of property owned by a local businessman.

Sciortino is formally contesting the finding of the three judge panel, which said that the auditor has the right to have an attorney present when he presents his arguments against suspension.

Ohio Attorney  General Mike Dewine is asking the  Ohio Supreme court to order the commission to make a prompt decision, and to place restrictions on participation of the auditor's attorney during the proceeding.

On Tuesday, legal counsel for the three judge panel filed an answer to the request from the Attorney General, saying that denying legal representation for Sciortino would violate due process of law, and would require Sciortino to potentially implicate himself in the criminal conduct with which he has been charged.

The Ohio Supreme Court will ultimately decide who wins the argument.

Supreme Court Public Information Officer Bret Crowe tells 21 News that there is no indication or timetable for a decision on whether or not Sciortino will be be allowed to perform his duties.

Sciortino is running for reelection in November.   He faces a challenge from Republican and political newcomer  Ralph Meachum.
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