Crime

Scott Gessler investigation: Secretary of State wants "legal defense fund" to help pay attorneys

Secretary of State Scott Gessler is the subject of this week's cover story in part because he's facing criminal and ethics investigations for his alleged misuse of funds. On Monday, the state's Independent Ethics Commission voted unanimously to continue its investigation despite his requests for dismissal. But that's not his only request with the commission. Gessler's staff also presented a proposal for the creation of a "legal defense fund" that would help him pay his attorneys.