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Lawyer Gets 4 Months For Lying To FBI

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Cleveland lawyer was sentenced to four months in jail Tuesday for his part in a case-fixing scandal involving a former Cuyahoga County auditor.

A federal judge in Akron also ordered Joseph O’Malley to spend six months in home confinement, pay a $10,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service, The (Cleveland )Plain Dealer reported.

O’Malley, 45, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, apologized for his actions.

“In a blink of an eye, I changed myself from a hardworking attorney to a criminal defendant,” he said.

Frank Russo, who served as Cuyahoga County recorder before winning election as auditor, has pleaded guilty to 21 counts and could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Steven Terry, a former judge in the Cuyahoga County common pleas court, was convicted in June of corruption and also is awaiting sentencing.

O’Malley was a longtime friend of Russo and worked for him as both recorder and auditor.

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  • s c

    On the brighter side, those Ohio lawyers won’t wind up in Washington as prospective saviors or gods-in-waiting. We’re supposed to expect a greater degree of responsibility from lawyers, but in the real world it doesn’t seem to work out all the time.
    Shakespeare’s world-famous admonition is more than meets the eye, folks.
    On the other side of the coin, what’s the penalty for the FBI lying to the American people? I’m wondering because it’s happened before, and it will probably happen again.

  • Michael Brooks

    Because lying by Police Officers has become quietly accepted and is no longer an automatic firing offense, it is not surprising that the entire system is headed towards an unfixable process with dire and long ranging consequences. In Austin Texas, a police officer cannot be fired for lying because it is considered too harsh a punishment…Read ‘Are There Christian Cops in Austin Texas’ on Amazon com.

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