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Former Liberty resident and state Attorney General Marc Dann had his law license reinstated Tuesday by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Dann resigned his attorney general post in 2008 during a sexual harassment scandal and ethics violations he eventually pleaded guilty to involving campaign and transition funds.
The state’s top court suspended his law license for six months in November, despite the Board of Grievances and Discipline recommending a full year suspension. Those six months ended last week.
All seven justices agreed to reinstate Dann’s license after he “substantially complied” with the terms of his suspension, which included community service, paying fines and submitting character references from judges.
An affidavit asking for his reinstatement says Dann paid $1,808 for the proceedings involving his license suspension and a $100 publication fee.
“Today’s decision brings to an end an incredibly challenging period of my life,” Dann said in a statement on Tuesday. “Since leaving public office a little more than 5 years ago I have learned a great deal about the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions and my respect for the rule of law has grown. I am also especially grateful to my colleagues, clients family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.
“I return to working on behalf of my clients with renewed energy for standing up to the banks and big business on behalf of individuals and small businesses. I intend to continue to fight the battle against wrongful foreclosures and rejoining the fight to protect the rights of hard working people.”
Dann was the attorney general from Jan. 8, 2007 to May 14, 2008.
He was found guilty to two first-degree misdemeanors involving the ethics and financial disclosure violations.
Dann provided free rental housing worth $7,178 to an employee through his campaign committee and authorized a $5,000 loan to the same employee.
He also provided another employee free rental housing and expenses for hotel billings. Dann paid the employee an extra $3,000 per month for a “consulting fee” to the employee’s personal business to make up for the rent and living expenses, totaling more than $30,000.
Dann also failed to report $17,540 from his financial disclosure report. The money was reimbursement for hotel rooms, parking, mileage, food, supplies, insurance for the campaign vehicle and other expenses, court records say.
He also failed to file how he paid for a private jet owned by Imaginaire Private Jet Charter. The jet ride cost $20,803. The jet is affiliated with a company of Ben Barnes, who contributed $10,000 to Dann’s campaign for attorney general.
Dann has a previous grievance with the state Supreme Court that resulted in a public reprimand.
In 2003, Dann, as a Youngstown attorney, was reprimanded for handling a domestic relations case without adequate preparation.