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The Ohio Ethics Commission, in an advisory opinion, said five Cincinnati City Council members cannot vote on a motion asking them to reimburse the city for legal expenses and fines related to private texts sent between them that violated the state's open meeting law.

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A Hamilton County judge says there isn't evidence to show Wendell Young acted in contempt by deleting text messages from his phone last year. Judge Robert Ruehlman Thursday morning dismissed the case against the Cincinnati councilman which stemmed from a sunshine law case.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's unsual release of an audio recording of his late wife Pamela accusing her husband's rival, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, of mocking her cancer - an accusation not borne out by the facts. Was this just a political ploy by Smitherman, who, like Sittenfeld, wants to be the city's next mayor?

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The fallout from the texting case involving five Cincinnati City Council members continues with a heated council meeting, and the release of a recorded deathbed statement from Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's late wife Pamela, chastising Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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I've been around Cincinnati politics for 37 years now, and I have never seen anything that remotely compares to this compost heap caused by the "Gang of Five" and their thousands of mindless texts.

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A Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge says the five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other should resign and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.

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One thing was abundantly clear in the over 600 pages of text messages and emails from the "Gang of Five" Cincinnati Council members – they have no use whatsoever for Mayor John Cranley.

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Updated: 2:28 p.m. 

The judge in the case against five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other said they "should resign'' and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.

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Cincinnati has reached an agreement with a plaintiff who filed a lawsuit against five Cincinnati City Council members accusing them of violating the state's open meeting law with a series of text messages.

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Updated: 4:59 p.m.

The plaintiff suing five Cincinnati Council Members for violating the state's open meetings law is asking a judge to hold them in contempt for failing to turn over all texts and emails sent between them this year.

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Updated: 9:40 a.m.

More than 20 Cincinnati residents and community leaders are asking Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman to immediately apologize for what they call a threatening comment delivered to Council Member Greg Landsman Monday.

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Five Cincinnati Council members and the city are appealing a Hamilton County Judge's order to turn over all text messages and emails that the members sent this year.