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Calabrese gets another 4 1/2 years in Cuyahoga corruption case
Admits to new charges of bribing witnesses as well as county officials

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Anthony O. Calabrese III – a lawyer and the son of an appeals-court judge – has pleaded guilty to new charges of racketeering and bribery.

The 41-year-old from Bentleyville was sentenced todayin Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to 4 ½ years in prison and a fine of $25,000. His new sentence will be served at the same time as his nine years in federal prison on other corruption charges.

Calabrese admitted he and two other attorneys tried to bribe two rape victims to try to ask for leniency and keep their client out of prison.

He also admitted to a series of other bribes tied to the corruption of public officials in Cuyahoga County and in Lorain.

His targets included former Parma Board of Education member Kevin Kelley, who also worked for the county and from whom Calabrese was trying to get  information on county’s purchase of the AmeriTrust complex.  

He also arranged payments to Kelley and others on behalf of a Cleveland halfway house. 

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Wow! His sentence amounts to nothing since he's serving it while incarcerated in federal prison (a place he'd be anyway). Then, to add insult to injury, all other charges were dropped.

Am I missing something?

Posted by: Mary S. (Broadview Hts) on November 2, 2013 8:11AM
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