Former Parole Hearing Officer's Firing Overturned

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former parole hearing officer acquitted of selling early releases to prisoners' families will return to work for Ohio.

A state arbitrator overturned Harold Miller's firing, but issued a 10-day suspension because Miller had improper involvement with a former inmate, a state corrections department official said Tuesday.

Miller, 64, of Cleveland, was placed on paid administrative leave in 1999 when allegations surfaced that at least five inmates or their families were approached about buying paroles between 1996 and 1998.

Miller was indicted in March 2000 on five counts of bribery and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and was fired two months later. He vowed to fight for his job after a jury acquitted him.

Andrea Dean, a corrections department spokeswoman, said the state has not yet found a position for Miller.

"We have a ruling that we have to abide by, but the department wants to be sure the integrity of the position is upheld so we won't be putting him in the same job position," Dean said.

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