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ELC87-9

TO: Theodore A. Urbanowicz , Friends of Judge G. J. Novicky

You have requested an opinion on the following question :

May a public officeholder use campaign funds to pay for legal representation to defend himself against charges of tampering with records, theft in office, falsification, and bribery?

Syllabus:    A public officeholder may not use campaign funds to pay for legal representation to defend himself or against criminal charges of tampering with records, theft in office, falsification, and bribery.