Former legislator sentenced on bribery charges

Jun 18, 2012

A former state representative was sentenced to 3 years in a bribery sting.  Alison Holm has more.

W. Carlton Weddington was sentenced to three years in jail for accepting bribes to introduce legislation. Weddington, a former Columbus City Schools board member and former aide to Columbus City Council, won the race in 2008 to replace Joyce Beatty in the 27th Ohio House district. Earlier this year he was netted in an FBI sting, and indicted on charges of accepting the promise of cash, gifts and trips in exchange for introducing legislation. In March, he pleaded guilty to charges of bribery, election falsification and filing a false financial disclosure form -- charges that carried a possible 4 1/2 year sentence. Weddington cooperated with the FBI investigation and could get parole in 2 years. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says there may be more people charged as a result of the investigation. Weddington is the first sitting state lawmaker to be indicted on a bribery charge in 100 years.