Governor Faces Four Ethics Charges

From Times Wire Reports

Republican Gov. Robert A. Taft was charged in Columbus with four ethics violations for failing to report dozens of gifts, including dinners, golf games and professional hockey tickets.

Taft, a member of a distinguished U.S. political family, becomes the first governor in Ohio to be charged with a crime. The charges also are an embarrassment for a politician who has pushed for high ethical standards in his office.

Taft could be fined $1,000 and sentenced to six months in jail on each count if convicted. A spokesman said Taft would respond publicly today.