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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


1walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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2piwohio(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

walter I agree. Good it is not here. In addition, these 2 city/county employees should be on unpaid administrative leave. If it was "joe the worker" that is what would have happened. This will play out for years on our dime. Think of this. I bet we are paying for phone calls, laywer visits and much more on company time...Heck I am guess all these activities took place on county time....

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3DwightK(1256 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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4kleener(46 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Who's paying their attorney fees this time around?

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5twentyonetwelve(98 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

How come no one is screaming for the mayors resignation? If this mayor was a republican, David Betras and his pals would be pounding their fists in anger that the mayor is still in office.

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6harleydog(209 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Because Dave Betras is an idiot 21

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7pgurney(281 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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8handymandave(474 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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9Ianacek(909 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Mayor McNally should stand down until the trial is complete , for the sake of the City & because its best practice to do so . Like it or not , his ability to do his job is compromised .

He's now a lame duck . He needs Court permission to cross state lines , which means restrictions e.g. even on trips to Detroit, Washington and Pittsburgh .

It should be automatic to step aside at a time such as this . It shouldn't be seen as an adfmission of guilt to do so .

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10Hmmmmm(48 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

handymandave,,,, oj was not convicted

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11TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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12Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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13besthopes4ytown(21 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for specifics and more information, read the 60+ page PDF provided by the Vindicator. Seems like their is ample evidence contained within that document. But this is America and they have a right to a fair trial like everyone else. Even if one of the things they are accused of is attempting to fix "fair" trials in Businessman #1's favor.

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14jen99(8 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks 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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15handymandave(474 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks 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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16CountryGirl51(197 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Well it looks like more and more is coming to light in this case. If anything, perjury !

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