Ohio Supreme Court Won’t Take Kraus Case

PORT CLINTON — The Ohio Supreme Court announced it won’t consider former state representative Steve Kraus’ theft conviction appeal.

With this option exhausted, Kraus faces two choices: Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, or file a writ with a lower federal court.

“It’s unfortunate the Ohio Supreme Court declined to participate,” Kraus’ attorney, Geoffrey Oglesby, said. “These types of things are to be expected and we will continue the appeal process one way or another.”

Kraus was convicted in 2015 of felony theft after a lengthy trial in Ottawa County’s common pleas court.

He was accused of stealing items from a Danbury Township home in spring 2015. A neighbor claimed to witness Kraus take items from inside the residence, but Kraus argued he was trying to protect the valuables from being damaged or stolen, contending the home was abandoned and left in a ramshackle condition.

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