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A well-known Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer pleaded guilty this month to a campaign-finance violation. Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty Sept. 5 to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to give money to another person in February 2012 to give to a candidate on his behalf.The charge said the donation was intended for a candidate for the Kentucky Supreme Court. That candidate was not identified in Conn’s plea. However, state records show Conn contributed $1,000 in his own name to Justice Will T. Scott’s re-election effort in February 2012.Scott returned the donation in March, state records show. Scott defeated Appeals Court Judge Janet Stumbo to retain his seat on the high court.
Conn was sentenced to 12 months in jail, conditionally discharged for two years. Conn also agreed to pay $5,600 to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office to cover the cost of investigating the case.An attorney who has represented Conn, Beverly R. Storm, said Conn cooperated in the investigation.”Mr. Conn said he deeply, deeply regrets this mistake” and apologizes, Storm said.
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