Fmr. Ohio Supreme Court Justice's New Job Raising Ethical Questions

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Associated Press

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Updated Mon, May 6, 2013 1:02 pm

A former Ohio Supreme Court justice's new state job is raising ethical questions in the ongoing legal battle over Gov. John Kasich's nonprofit job-creation agency.

Republican Robert Cupp sat on the court when it began weighing a pivotal question in the constitutional challenge to JobsOhio.

Now, he's top lawyer to Auditor Dave Yost, who subpoenaed private financial documents from JobsOhio in a high-profile faceoff.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show Cupp attended meetings with JobsOhio and Kasich's office only days before JobsOhio responded to Yost's subpoena and returned all its public start-up money. The reimbursement potentially affected the lawsuit.

An Ohio State Bar Association ethics columnist says Cupp's participation raises a red flag. Cupp says he's on the lookout for conflicts and none arose during the meetings.

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