Motion to drop case against Summit Co. councilwoman denied


CLEVELAND (AP) — A motion to dismiss bribery charges filed against a Summit County councilwoman has been denied by a federal judge in Ohio.

Defense attorney Timothy Ivey argued that the federal charges against Tamela Lee should be dropped based upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rule in favor of the plaintiff in McDonnell v. United States in August.

In that case, the high court vacated former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s convictions on corruption charges after finding that the jury’s instructions for what constitutes an “official act” were “erroneous.”

Lee is accused of soliciting and accepting money, consumer goods and other bribes in exchange for favors made possibly by the councilwoman’s political influence.

Judge Christopher Boyko disagreed with Ivey’s arguments in his decision last week.

Lee’s Feb. 6 trial date stands.