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INVESTMENT SCANDAL Court denies Taft's request to have lawsuit dismissed



Published: Fri, August 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Supreme Court has denied Gov. Bob Taft's request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by a Trumbull County state senator seeking records from him in connection with a state investments scandal.

In a ruling Wednesday, the high court denied Taft's motion to dismiss and also stayed until further court order the filing of evidence and briefs in the case brought by state Sen. Marc Dann of Liberty, D-32nd.

Dann's suit seeks all weekly memos dating back to 1998 from the governor's office involving the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the state's insurance fund for injured workers.

The BWC has lost about $300 million in various investments over the past few years, published reports say.

Taft's office has turned over several hundred pages of governor's office memoranda to Dann and his lawyers. Dann's lawyers, however, say some were redacted while as many as 267 memos may not have been provided.

Dann and his lawyers want to question the Republican governor as well as other current and former state officials in connection with the suit.

But lawyers for Taft have filed a motion seeking protection from depositions, claiming executive privilege.

Taft's motion for protective order as well as a Dann motion to compel the governor to testify remain pending.




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