Former Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp's new job is raising ethical issues in the legal battle over GOP Governor John Kasich's nonprofit job-creation agency JobsOhio.
Cupp was on the court when it was asked to weigh pivotal legal questions involving JobsOhio. Now he's the top attorney to GOP State Auditor Dave Yost, who subpoenaed JobOhio's private financial documents in a high-profile faceoff over a state audit. Records obtained by The Associated Press show Cupp attended meetings with JobsOhio and Kasich's office days before JobsOhio responded to Yost's subpoena and returned all its public startup money. The reimbursement could affect the lawsuit. Cupp says he's on the lookout for conflicts and none arose during the meetings.