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Ohio Lawmaker Gets Probation In Ethics Case

Representative Dale Mallory - District 32
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A Cincinnati lawmaker who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics law violations has been sentenced to probation.

The charges against Democratic state Rep. Dale Mallory were related to taking Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms.

Mallory was sentenced Thursday in a Franklin County courtroom to one year of probation and $600 in fines. A jail sentence was suspended. He was convicted in October.

Mallory's attorney, Michael Allen, said he thought the sentence was fair. He said the 49-year-old Mallory, a four-term lawmaker, made "a mistake and an oversight."

Due to a listing error, the court earlier Thursday said the sentencing had been postponed.

Mallory was one of four lawmakers convicted in the probe related to lobbying by the payday loan industry.