YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A decision on the latest appeal by the one-time owner of the Go-Go Cabaret in Austintown could be handed down in a matter of weeks following a hearing Wednesday morning.
Sebastian Rucci stood before a three-judge panel of the Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown. He is trying to have a year-old conviction for illegal liquor sales overturned.
He said one of his arguments is over whether he was actually the club’s owner at the time the charges were filed.
“My issue was ‘geez, I gotta get charged even after I sell the place?’ I mean, are they ever going to let me go? It is like one part where I have a court order there and then later when I sell it, we’re still going to charge me?,” Rucci said.
Rucci is now trying to re-open the former strip club as Hotel California and said he would like to put all of his past legal problems behind him once and for all.
“Hopefully this will be the last time we have to hear about old issues about liquor licenses and all that good stuff. I mean, it is quite unfortunate to spend so much of my time and then also the public’s time on all this stuff,” Rucci said.
Over the years, Rucci and his partners with the Go-Go were accused of promoting prostitution and other charges, only to have the cases either dismissed or reversed on appeal. His new hotel venture is expected to open Friday even without a liquor license.