Fri. 11:24 a.m.: Appeals court overturns conviction in Ohio corruption case
CLEVELAND (AP) – An Ohio appeals court has vacated the conviction of an attorney accused of promising to quash a corruption investigation in exchange for help getting elected county prosecutor saying his trial was held in the wrong county.
The 8th District Court of Appeals in a ruling Thursday said Martin Yavorcik’s 2016 jury trial on bribery, corruption and racketeering charges should not have held in Cuyahoga County because prosecutors alleged that most of his crimes occurred in Mahoning County.
The 44-year-old Youngstown resident represented himself at trial. He received a year of home detention despite being convicted of multiple felony charges.
A spokesman says the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which helped try the case in Cleveland, is considering whether to appeal the ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court.