Ohio court upholds civil rights leader conviction

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former chairman of a national civil rights organization has lost an appeal to overturn his Ohio conviction that involved stealing taxpayer money.

Ohio's 2nd District Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the Rev. Raleigh Trammell's (trah-MEHL') conviction last year on charges including grand theft, forgery and tampering with government records.

The appeal by the former civil rights leader from Dayton had contended among other arguments that there wasn't evidence to support the charges.

A Montgomery County prosecutor's spokesman says the office would seek a court order requiring Trammell to begin serving an 18-month prison sentence.

Trammell was formerly head of the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a former chairman of the Atlanta-based national SCLC.

Trammell's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

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