- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - A jury has convicted a northeast Ohio judge of falsification and tampering with records charges for failing to disclose on state financial forms his ownership interest in an office building.

The Morning Journal in Lorain reports (https://bit.ly/1FEXGCE ) a jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday before returning guilty verdicts against 68-year-old Dennis Burge, a Lorain County Common Pleas Court judge for eight years. He faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison for each of the three felony counts of falsification. The convictions disqualify him from serving as a judge.

Burge mostly represented himself at trial. He told the jury during closing arguments that the charges were politically motivated. Prosecutors argued there was no vendetta and that Burge deliberately broke the law by hiding his ownership of the building.

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