OH court rejects sanction for former lawmaker

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says a former lawmaker who lied about a drunken-driving arrest should get a more serious penalty than just a public sanction.

The state’s high court rejected a proposed public reprimand Thursday for former Rep. Robert Mecklenborg.

The court’s disciplinary counsel had recommended that the 61-year-old Cincinnati-area attorney be publicly reprimanded — rather than have his law license suspended — for lying about the drunk driving arrest on an application to renew his driver’s license.

But the justices sent the case back to the disciplinary counsel on Thursday “for further proceedings, including consideration of a more severe sanction.”

The 61-year-old Mecklenborg resigned from the Legislature under pressure after he was arrested for drunken driving in Indiana in April 2011. He pleaded guilty and got probation.

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