ELYRIA — Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross’ attorney has made numerous arguments about why his client’s conviction on public corruption charges should be overturned, including that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Ross.
But attorney Paul Griffin spent most of his time during oral arguments Tuesday before the 9th District Court of Appeals arguing the technicalities of whether the indictment against Ross specified which of the charges Ross was accused of were part of the engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity charges for which he was ultimately convicted.
Griffing also touched on the issue of whether the jurors who convicted Ross of 19 corruption charges in 2009 were properly instructed on how to handle the various charges against him.
Assistant County Prosecutor Mary Slanczka told the three-judge appeals panel that the indictment was proper. She also contended that jurors knew what they were doing when they found Ross guilty.
Prosecutors have also rejected Griffin’s assertions that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Ross, who is serving a 9½-year prison sentence for accepting $582,782 in bribes and steering contracts on the Lorain County Justice Center.