Panel appointed in Youngstown corruption case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court's chief justice is appointing three retired judges to consider whether to suspend a northeastern Ohio county official who is facing corruption-related charges.

It will be up to the special three-judge commission to decide if Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino (shor-TEE'-noh) should be suspended from office.

Sciortino is vowing to fight the charges filed against him in Cleveland.

He and two others, including Youngstown's mayor, were indicted May 14 on charges that include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, bribery, money laundering and tampering with records.

Attorneys for Sciortino and the two others all say their clients did nothing illegal.

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