Court filing seeks ruling on Sciortino’s suspension

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Attorney General’s Office filed a writ of mandamus with the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday to compel a three-judge commission to rule on the suspension of Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino.

Sciortino, along with former Mahoning County Commissioner and current Youngstown mayor John McNally and attorney Martin Yavorcik, were indicted in May on dozens of charges related to the county’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place.

In June, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced a special three-judge commission was appointed to consider the suspension of Sciortino.

The retired judges named to the commission are:

  • Retired Second District Court of Appeals Judge Thomas J. Grady.
  • Retired Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge David C. Faulkner.
  • Retired Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy S. Hogan.

According to state law, the special commission must make a preliminary determination about whether Sciortino should be suspended from office within 14 days of convening. Sciortino then has 14 days to contest the decision, after which a final determination should be made.

Ohio Attorney General spokesman Dan Tierney said the 14-day window has passed and no ruling has been made. The filing also seeks records from the commission’s hearing.

McNally is exempt from a commission ruling on his position because he was county commissioner at the time of the alleged crimes and no longer holds that position.

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