Cleveland Magazine reports that on February 5, former Ohio Senator Jeffrey Johnson will be sentenced for crimes of extortion. Johnson had shaken a local grocer down to the tune of $17,000. He had used the great power of his state office in the service of personal greed. They convicted him on three of four federal extortion charges. But there was a stark contrast between what Johnson did with the grocer and the record of his almost decade and a half in public service. Considering his incredible political crash-and-burn at the height of a stellar career, Johnson's life story suddenly seems important. It is a kind of Shakespearean tragedy. It's the story of a man who, as he approached his dream of national political office, let his power go to his head.
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