Larry Householder trial

Texts show close consultation between Householder and FirstEnergy execs on utility bailout

BY: - February 2, 2023

A series of text messages displayed in federal court Thursday showed close consultation between executives of an electric utility and a lawmaker after the utility made huge contributions to make him Ohio House speaker. The consultations occurred as the lawmaker and the utility worked furiously to pass a huge bailout favoring the company.

Householder trial: Millions in dark money used to call dark money “dirty”

BY: - February 1, 2023

CINCINNATI — In politics, logical and moral consistency often aren’t the highest priorities. That was starkly true in the 2018 campaign to make then-Rep. Larry Householder speaker in the legislative session that would begin the following January, according to evidence presented in federal court on Wednesday. Householder is accused of racketeering in a scheme to […]

Angling for appeal? Householder attorneys go after judge in corruption trial

BY: - February 1, 2023

CINCINNATI — There has been speculation since the start of a massive public corruption trial that lawyers for the main defendant — former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder — were banking on getting any conviction tossed out on appeal. There might have been evidence of that on Tuesday when one of the attorneys took the […]

Fate of former Ohio House speaker could hinge on whether he took an “official act”

BY: - January 31, 2023

It appears that federal prosecutors have a mountain of evidence they want to present to the jury in their racketeering case against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges.  They have emails, text messages, wiretap transcripts, and the testimony of undercover agents and confidential informants. They have so much […]

Corruption trial delayed by COVID

BY: - January 26, 2023

CINCINNATI — A federal court trial over allegations of epic public corruption has been interrupted at least until Monday after a juror was diagnosed with COVID on Wednesday. “The Court was advised this afternoon that a juror has tested positive for COVID-19,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Black wrote in an order Wednesday evening. “In an […]

Swanky D.C. dinners between FirstEnergy execs and Householder led to corrupt scheme, prosecutors say

BY: - January 24, 2023

CINCINNATI — In late 2016, as Larry Householder was plotting his return to the Ohio House speakership, Akron-based FirstEnergy was drowning in losses from its uncompetitive nuclear and coal generators, the company’s treasurer testified Tuesday. But just a month or so later, Householder and his associates flew on a private plane owned by FirstEnergy to […]

Public service or massive theft? Arguments begin in Ohio bribery and corruption case

BY: - January 24, 2023

CINCINNATI — It depends on who you listen to. It was either a gargantuan bribery and money laundering scheme or it was a case of a conscientious public servant using his free speech rights to help the people of Ohio. Those were the stories told Monday by opposing counsel in the racketeering trial of former […]

Larry Householder’s impact remains strong at Ohio Statehouse ahead of corruption trial

BY: - January 20, 2023

The following article was originally published on and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   As the state gets ready for the most significant corruption trial in Ohio […]