Troopergate: Cathy Collins-Taylor Ready to Testify- Who is Paying Her Lawyer, Rocky Saxbe?
From the Plain Dealer:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Department of Public Safety director Cathy Collins-Taylor says she is ready for her confirmation hearings before the Ohio Senate that start Wednesday, but she hopes to get a fair shot at arguing for her job.
“I’d like to think I’m going to get a fair hearing,” Collins-Taylor said Tuesday. “I don’t have a whole lot of confidence based upon past hearings and the antics leading into this week.”
Collins-Taylor has reason to worry since the release of a report last month from Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles that concluded Collins-Taylor, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, lied about her involvement in a decision to cancel a patrol investigation at the governor’s mansion in January.
“I’m appalled. I’m offended. And I would call the report an opinion. That’s all it is. And I am outraged by it,” Collins-Taylor said in her first public comments since the report was released. She said the report is filled with inaccuracies easily dispelled by transcripts of interviews the inspector general’s office conducted and other evidence it did not consider.
Charles stands by his investigators’ a probe into Collins-Taylor’s handling of the canceled January police sting at Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s suburban Columbus home.
I’m in the committee hearing room now, sitting a few rows away from Cathy’s lawyer, Rocky Saxbee. Son of Nixon’s Attorney General, he made his fortune with Attorney General Betty Montgomery’s unconstitutional lawsuit against the tobacco
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