Former State Senator Asks To Keep His Law License - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Former State Senator Asks To Keep His Law License

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former state senator is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to let him keep his law license despite his conviction on extortion charges in 1998.

The Ohio State Bar Association has recommended Jeffrey Johnson be disbarred. The state bar says he has shown no remorse for demanding 17-thousand dollars in contributions and loans from grocers in exchange for his help getting licenses to sell liquor and lottery tickets.

The 43-year-old Johnson is now a special assistant to Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell. He told justices yesterday that there was no excuse for his actions and asked them to indefinitely suspend his law license instead of disbarring him. The suspension would let him re-apply for a license after two years.

The court is expected to issue a ruling within a few months.

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