|Ex-Ohio lawmaker reports to jail in bribery case|
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Saturday, 18 August 2012 05:58|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio state lawmaker who authorities say took trips and cash in exchange for taking steps to introduce legislation has reported to jail to serve his three-year sentence.
W. Carlton Weddington resigned his Ohio House seat and surrendered to authorities in March.
Authorities say the Columbus Democrat accepted all-expenses-paid trips to South Beach, Miami, and California's Napa Valley from a fake business entity set up by the FBI. The entity sought to exchange trips, cash and campaign contributions for legislation that Weddington would introduce.
Weddington pleaded guilty in June to charges of bribery, election falsification and filing a false financial disclosure statement. He'd been out on bond.
A judge has indicated he'd be inclined to grant Weddington judicial release after two years, assuming he had a good prison record.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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