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Supreme Court justice taken to task over finances

Supreme Court justice taken to task over finances
Posted May 16th, 2014 @ 8:44am by The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --An Ohio Supreme Court justice says he's considering amending his financial disclosure statements to address some unreported debts.

Justice William O'Neill says he's guilty of being a poor record keeper but didn't intend to deceive anyone.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that O'Neill hasn't always reported debts over $1,000 on his annual financial-disclosure statements as required by law.

The paper says O'Neill failed to report a court-ordered default judgment for $1,364 dating to 2004 and two earlier judgments totaling $2,983 from the early 2000s.

The paper reports that O'Neill also didn't file a financial-disclosure form in 2007 as he prepared to leave the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals.

O'Neill says it didn't occur to him he needed to file because he was leaving the bench.

(Photo courtesy Ohio Supreme Court)

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