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Suarez juror says prosecutors failed to prove guilt
Other headlines: Cleveland on Democrat's short list to host convention; Ohio expands sex offender registry search options

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  • Cleveland on Democrat's short list to host convention
  • Ohio expands sex offender registry search options
  • Former judge loses law license 
  • Suarez juror says prosecutors failed to prove guilt
    The lead juror in the trial of North Canton businessman Ben Suarez has gone public with what led to the conviction of Suarez on one count of witness tampering.

    Andy Ramos tells the Plain Dealer that Suarez “got dragged into making himself guilty” by asking his company controller to conceal information from federal investigators.

    Suarez was acquitted of 9 other charges related to $200,000 in campaign contributions his company made to two Republican politicians.

    Ramos says on those counts, "prosecutors failed to prove Suarez knowingly and willingly broke the law."

    Cleveland on Democrat's short list to host convention
    The Democratic National Committee is planning to visit Cleveland next month as one of five cities vying to host the party’s 2016 presidential convention.

    The Plain Dealer reports that officials will also visit Columbus, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Birmingham.

    Cleveland will likely pull out of the running to host the Democrats if the Republicans decide they want to hold their convention here.

    That decision is expected no later than August 9.

    Ohio expands sex offender registry search options
    Ohio’s updated registry of sex offenders now allows people to see whether phone numbers, email addresses or screen names belong to sex offenders, according to an announcement today by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

    The registry's new reverse-lookup feature will let people input numbers or online names to help determine if a registered sex offender has been communicating with them.

    The state's sex offender registry lists people convicted of sex crimes and labeled sex offenders.

    The public can search the database by name or location to find offenders.

    Former judge loses law license
    Former Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky has given up his law license as well as his job. 

    The Ohio Supreme Court accepted his resignation as a lawyer this morning. He left the bench in May when he pleaded guilty to tampering with records related to his campaign finance reports. 

    The investigation is continuing, and Belinky is reportedly cooperating with investigators. He’s to be sentenced Wednesday.

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