Lawyers in Oakhill Corruption case allege “prosecutorial misconduct”

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As the Oakhill Corruption trial draws closer, lawyers for two of the defendants are trying to have the case thrown out.

Attorneys for both Youngstown Mayor John McNally and former Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino are now asking a Cleveland judge to dismiss the indictments against them — claiming what they call “prosecutorial misconduct.”

They filed a nearly 200-page document to support their argument. The attorneys accuse County Prosecutor Paul Gains and some of his staff of being actively involved in the Oakhill case — even though Gains has said he has a conflict of interest and asked for special prosecutors to take over.

The judge has not yet ruled on this latest motion.

McNally, Sciortino and lawyer Marty Yavorcik are set to go on trial the end of next month.

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