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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This Time the Bob Ney Defense Worked

MANSFIELD, Ohio (TDB) -- A small town mayor who admitted assaulting his wife has been given probation after signing up for Alcoholics Anonymous and pledging to remain sober. He also has given the Mansfield New Journnal newspaper a letter saying he plans to step down as mayor so he can spend more time with his family.

Jami Kinton, the reporter who covered the story, noted that John Finley faced up to 60 days in jail, but now is enrolled in AA and a rehab program for domestic violence offenders. The incident that landed him in Mansfield Muncipal Court took place in August.

Former U.S. Rep Bob Ney, R-Ohio, resigned his office after pleading guilty in September to involvement in the Jack Abromoff scandal and implied heavy boozing affected his behavior. Ney entered an alcohol rehabilitation facilty and was not present in court when the plea was made. He has yet to be sentenced but expects 27 months in prison under a plea agreement worked out with the U.S. Justice Department.

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