COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio Supreme Court justice’s new state job is raising unique ethical issues in the legal battle over Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) nonprofit job-creation agency.
Republican Robert Cupp sat on the court when it was asked to weigh pivotal legal questions involving JobsOhio. Now he’s top lawyer to Auditor Dave Yost, who subpoenaed JobOhio’s private financial documents in a high-profile faceoff over a state audit.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show Cupp attended meetings with JobsOhio and Kasich’s office days before JobsOhio responded to Yost’s subpoena and returned all its public startup money. The reimbursement could affect the lawsuit.
Appellate judge Mike Fain, a columnist on judicial ethics, says Cupp’s JobsOhio dealings raise questions.
Cupp says he’s on the lookout for conflicts and none arose during the meetings.