(Ohio Capital Journal) – CINCINNATI – It depends on who you listen to. It was either a gargantuan bribery and money laundering scheme or it was a case of a conscientious public servant using his free speech rights to help the people of Ohio.

Those were the stories told Monday by opposing counsel in the racketeering trial of former state House Speaker Larry Householder. He and a codefendant, lobbyist Matt Borges, are accused of participating in a scheme that used $61 million – largely from Akron-based FirstEnergy – to elect lawmakers who would make Householder speaker and then pass a $1.3 billion bailout that mostly benefited a former FirstEnergy subsidiary.

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