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BREAKING NEWS | McNally, Sciortino, Yavorcik arraigned in Cleveland

Published: Thu, May 29, 2014 @ 8:57 a.m.

CLEVELAND — Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik pleaded not guilty today to 83 political corruption charges.

The three were arraigned today by Judge Pamela A. Barker in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. She set bond for the three at $15,000 each. They are not allowed to leave the state without court permission.

The case was assigned to Judge Janet Burnside. The first pretrial hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 5.

The three are being processed by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.

That includes taking mug shots, fingerprints, checking their identification and checking to see if any have outstanding warrants.

A May 14 indictment accuses the three of being among 23 people involved in a criminal enterprise that traded money and other financial benefits for political favors, lying under oath to protect business interests, and an agreement to fix legal cases.

The other 20 haven’t been indicted, but Attorney General Mike DeWine said May 14: “We are not done.”

The indictment says that occurred from January 2005 to January 2014, though most of it stopped in July 2009.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case — assisted by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office — with Daniel Kasaris, senior assistant attorney general as the head prosecutor.

The felony charges by McNally in the indictment are one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of bribery, six counts of tampering with records, nine counts of perjury, one count of money laundering, two of telecommunications fraud, two counts of theft in office and nine misdemeanors.

Sciortino faces 16 felony counts — one of engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, two of conspiracy, two bribery, four tampering with records, six perjury, one money laundering; and six misdemeanors.

Yavorcik’s counts are all felonies: one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two conspiracy, three bribery, 17 tampering with records and four money laundering.

The three say they are not guilty of the charges.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1isaac45(375 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Republican DeWine looking to break Democratic Youngstown

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2billdog1(4666 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I would like to hear the specifics of the charges. The entire Oak Hill mess just never made any sense. A landlord suing individuals for not renewing a lease. If that is possible some would never be able to move from a property because they are forced to always have to renew once entering a lease agreement. The crap-hole they was leasing on the east side was a mess, cost $500,000 per year and the county was responsible for maintenance on the area of the store front that was being leased. Yes, the leaser knew they would never get that kind of money from anybody else. They also knew that the building would be entirely empty upon the county moving the Human Services office out of the plaza. It isn't the counties obligation to ensure your dilapidated property has an income.

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3walter_sobchak(2507 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Whether you like his politics or not, Mr. DeWine is definitely not stupid. Finding a legal way to have this trial in Cuyahoga county, thereby avoiding the "good-ol'-boy" mentality in the Mahoning county courthouse was wise.

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4Roger_Thornhill(991 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The prosecutor in Cuyahoga County is a Democrat.

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5redeye1(5410 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If they are found guilty, I hope they throw the book at them. Then I hope they go after all of the other political crooks that still call the valley home.

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6DwightK(1488 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

McNally and Sciortino should resign. Their full time jobs will now be making sure they are not convicted. I don't see how either can fulfill the duties of their offices.

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7kleener(52 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Who's paying their attorney fees this time around?

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8UNCOMMONSENSE(575 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Did they take a personal or vacation day for their arraignment? I hope they do not walk away with the standard severance package of unused sick and vacation days.

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9harleydog(243 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Because Dave Betras is an idiot 21

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10pgurney(296 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I, for one, am glad Mayor McNally does not intend to resign. If he didn't do anything wrong, or at least believes he didn't do anything wrong, why should he?

Innocent, until/unless proven guilty.

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11handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

pgurney, after OJ murdered his two victims, he believed he didn't do anything wrong but it didn't make him less guilty of the crime of murder.

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12DSquared(1617 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Same ol' Y-Town. Crooked democrats. Some things just never change!

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132muchtax(790 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I fully believe they will be convicted because carfare got to them. Did tj assign deliver him and his 2 buddies to the arraignment in the sherriff taxi? I sure hope the cafaros are convicted! They have been paying off idiot democrats in every position for years! This is gonna get stressful for sorintino, fire up the taxi TJ. Sheriff green should of fired you! Only in a public job can you get away with this crap n be paid, thx public unions!

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14TERRAPINST(320 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Handyman Dave-We were able to see all the evidence in the OJ case-accusatory and exculpatory and hence make an informed judgment. Enlighten me on how YOU know these guys are guilty without knowing the evidence. Remember, we've danced on this floor before and the charges were DISMISSED with a pretty much identical indictment. I don't know if the alleged crimes have been committed, so in our system they are innocent until PROVEN guilty. If you have some inside knowledge why don't you call Prosecutor Kasaris and blow the lid off this thing....You are praying that they are convicted, wouldn't it be better for our community if they were found innocent? Tell me why you want so badly our Mayor and Auditor to be corrupt? That's very odd to me. I for one hope these offenses did not take place so our black eye can heal convictions will only shed more negative light on an already tarnished community. If they are guilty they deserve punishment but you sir KNOW NOTHING OF THE EVIDENCE (an indictment is not discovery) so ssshhhh..... let's just see..objectivity is a good thing in big boy land

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15Silence_Dogood(1603 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

.For those calling for resignations, consider this,someone falsely accuses an opponent of a crime, should they resign until the case is heard. If that is the standard then we will be worse then a Latin American country because every single elected official will be falsely accused to force them to resign and force another election. So to those that say they should resign, I say you are nothing more then a facist trying to force your way on a fairly held election. If they are convicted then and only then should they resign.

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16jen99(8 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

No one should be fired or forced to resign from their jobs simply because they have been indicted of a crime. For prosecutors indictments are extremely easy to obtain because the grand jury only hears one side of the story, the prosecutors. If people lose then they simply won't be able to fight back by hiring decent legal counsel.
To make matters worse, the defendant who is supposedly the prime target, Cafaro, has unlimited resources to fight back against the state. That means he has a decent chance of beating these charges, while the others might not. Unfortunately, the justice system in the U.S., like almost everything else, is unequal. There are two: one for the haves, and another for the have nots.

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17handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Terrapinst it's great to see a staunch Democrat such as yourself bond together with three people who continue to give a black eye to the Mahoning Valley while trying to accept a business as usual attitude. I am not praying that these people get convicted in fact I find it very sad for our area. When someone's urinating on my leg and trying to tell me it's raining I for one refuse to accept the obvious. These charges were and are brought about by individuals that I personally know, they are not out to make names for themselves, they are trying to make this valley a better place for all of us to live, and i'll stand by their investigation into this entire matter.

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