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Prosecutor's office confirms probe with Rep. Clayton Luckie as target
The charges that Luckie could face are expected to be ethics related
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Karen Kasler

Just as one former state lawmaker starts to serve a prison sentence, there’s word that another legislator is under investigation for possible criminal activity. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Kasler on the Luckie probe

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The Franklin County prosecutor’s office is confirming that an investigation is underway with Rep. Clayton Luckie as the target.  Ron O’Brien’s office won’t say what charges the Democrat from Dayton could face, but it’s expected to be ethics related. For now, Luckie isn’t talking about it, saying that he still plans to run for re-election in his district, which is heavily Democratic. But if he’s convicted or agrees to a plea deal, he can’t hold elected office in Ohio. O’Brien has said he expects to have charges filed against another lawmaker or lobbyist by Labor Day. But is it unknown if the Luckie probe is related to an FBI sting that ended with the conviction and resignation of Democratic former Rep. Carlton Weddington of Columbus. He pleaded guilty to bribery for accepting cash and paid trips in exchange for promising to introduce legislation for a fake business entity set up by the FBI.  Weddington begins serving his prison sentence next Friday – he could be released in two years if he cooperates with investigators.

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I fully support Representative Luckie. He is an honorable man. He cares about the people that it's not always "politically correct" to care for. Politicians are just humans. Humans do make mistakes not to suggest that Rep Luckie did, but even if he did, we all have to be as supportive to him as he has been a fighter for the dayton community. My prayers ate with he and his family.

Posted by: Candace Tubbs on August 12, 2012 6:08AM
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