Ohio Safety Director Defends Herself Before Lawmakers.

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Ohio’s top public safety official has defended herself before a Senate committee weighing her confirmation after she was accused of lying to investigators. Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor waived her legal immunity yesterday and said that she was truthful when she spoke with the state watchdog looking into the cancellation of a planned sting targeting inmates working at the governor’s residence.

Earlier testimony at the hearing was filled with allegations, including that a top aide to Collins-Taylor sought to set up the watchdog for federal prosecution. In a report on the sting, the watchdog, Inspector General Tom Charles, accused Collins-Taylor of trying to mischaracterize the operation as a safety risk when protecting the governor from political embarrassment was a key factor.

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