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Should city council pay former member’s legal bill?

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

More than a decade has passed since Toledo City Council rejected a zoning change request for the former Pilkington research center in east Toledo to be converted into a charter school, and former council member Bob McCloskey has already served his jail time for bribery charges. Now legislation before council calls for the City of Toledo to pick up the tab for McCloskey's civil defense.

McCloskey served 20 months in prison on state and federal bribery charges. The Michigan Development Group, which wanted to take over the property, sued the city and McCloskey, but the city was cleared of civil liability in this case back in 2009.

However, Councilman Mike Collins says because that decision was taken through the appeals process, the city should pay the $92,000 and close the final chapter on the McCloskey bribery scandal.

"All of the appeals that have come forward still with the potential exposure for the city, granted it is a huge legal fee," Collins said. "We indeed have a legitimate debt here and have to satisfy that debt because we had exposure all along."

The measure will be presented to council on Tuesday during agenda review and could be voted on as early as next week.   

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