Gov. Bob Taft should be publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for ethics violations, a board overseeing lawyers' behavior said Wednesday.
Taft, a lawyer since 1976, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor ethics charges a year ago when it came to light that he failed to report dozens of free golf outings on his annual ethics forms.
The court's disciplinary counsel filed a complaint against Taft in March, saying the governor violated Ohio's code of conduct for lawyers. Taft admitted the misconduct and worked out an agreement with the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Ohio Supreme Court.
The board recommended that the Ohio Supreme Court, which has final say in the matter, agree to the public reprimand sanction.
If a bunch of bottom-feeding ambulance chasers say you have no ethics then you really have no ethics!