New Trial Denied for Ex-Ohio State Lawmaker

by | April 17, 2018

By Jack Torry

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request for a new trial for former state Rep. Peter Beck of Mason who served 16 months in prison after being convicted in 2015 on charges of defrauding investors in a computer software company.

By doing so, the justices Monday appear to have brought the case to a conclusion for Beck, a Republican who resigned his seat in 2014 after being indicted on 16 felony charges.

A state court convicted him of 13 counts and sentenced him to four years in prison, but a state appeals court in 2016 overturned 10 of those charges.

The court approved three counts of theft. A state judge then ordered Beck released at the end of 2016.

Richard Kerger, a Toledo attorney who filed the appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of Beck, said Beck could still pursue a post-conviction appeal in federal court but "that possibility has not yet been determined."

The justices issued the ruling without any comment.

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