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Plain-Dealer: Ohio AG to Step Down; UPDATE: Or Not

You can't fire me, I quit! Well, I will after a couple of weeks of punishment.

Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is expected to announce his resignation later today, The Plain Dealer has learned. He planned to break the news to his senior staff this afternoon.

The decision came as Dann faced intense pressure from fellow Democrats and Republican critics who said he was not fit to continue as the state's top lawyer.

It also followed action targeting Dann in the Ohio General Assembly today by lawmakers from both parties. House Democrats this morning filed articles of impeachment against Dann, accusing him of misconduct and malfeasance in office. And House Republicans began plans to fast-track a bill that would allow the state Inspector General's office to conduct an independent investigation into Dann's office.

  • Marc Dann's bio.

  • The summary of the internal investigation and disciplinary actions.
  • UPDATE (4:29 p.m.): AG's office says not the case: "At 3:55 p.m., as a group of reporters and camera people stood gathered outside Dann's office on the 17th floor of the Rhodes Office Tower, a receptionist handed out a short statement that read, 'In response to numerous media inquiries today, the office is issuing the following statement: "Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has not resigned and no further announcements are planned.'"

    And here's an observation from Crain's Cleveland Business, made just about a year ago:

    Marc Dann is off to an aggressive start as Ohio's new attorney general, and The New York Times has taken notice.

    The paper even pays the activist AG what he would view as the ultimate compliment: It compares him with former New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer, the bane of Wall Street, mutual funds and the insurance industry.


    It's the activist side of the AG that has us interested. Dann has certainly taken an activist bent when approaching the foreclosure issue.

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    Rafael Mangual
    Project Manager,
    Legal Policy

    Manhattan Institute


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