Saturday, October 9, 2010

Coroner Frank Miller accuses Prosecutor Bill Mason of making him hire ally Patrick Coyne

With Mark Puente

Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller said Friday that county Prosecutor Bill Mason ordered him to hire a friend and political ally in exchange for help with Miller's election campaign.

Miller, in an interview with The Plain Dealer, said Mason and his chief trial lawyer, Steve Dever, told him to place Strongsville City Councilman Patrick Coyne on his payroll in 2007, the year Miller took office.

"Bill Mason sent him over here," Miller said of Coyne. "Bill Mason and Steve Dever did it. I got a call from Dever, and he said, 'He'd help you, and you have to take him.'"

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