Sittenfeld convictions should be overturned

P.G. Sittenfeld, former Cincinnati City Council member, walks out to a car after being sentenced for bribery and attempted extortion in October 2023.

Former attorneys general under three Republican presidents, the former head federal prosecutor for the southern half of Ohio and a collection of law professors with expertise in public corruption are among those who have filed briefs supporting a former Cincinnati city councilman convicted of corruption.

The amicus briefs were filed late Monday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a week after attorneys for former City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld filed his appeal, saying his convictions for bribery and attempted extortion had criminalized typical political fundraising and could lead to bribery prosecutions against every politician.

Former Attorney General William Barr − who served under former Presidents Donald Trump and George H.W. Bush − as well as Michael Mukasey and John Ashcroft, who both served as attorney general under President George W. Bush, signed an amicus brief urging the federal appeals court to reject Sittenfeld’s convictions.

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