Joe Deters’ Scandal-Ridden Former Chief of Staff Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison
June 30, 2023
Columbus, OH — Today, Matt Borges – former chief of staff to GOP Supreme Court Justice* Joe Deters – was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in the largest public bribery scandal in Ohio history. Today’s sentencing follows Borges’ pay-to-play scandal when he worked as Deters’ chief of staff, raising serious questions about the people Justice* Deters surrounds himself with.
Deters has also faced criticism for his politically-motivated appointment to the Ohio Supreme Court with Cleveland.com calling his appointment a “mistaken choice” and pointing to “many conflicts and questions about Deters’ qualifications and past service.”
“Between employing federal criminals to the political back-scratching that led to his appointment to the Supreme Court, it’s clear that Joe Deters is unfit to serve on the state’s highest court. Joe Deters is only serving on the Supreme Court because of his political connections – connections that are sketchy at best and criminal at worst. Ohioans deserve a Supreme Court Justice that upholds the rule of law, not one whose friends and close advisors are constantly breaking it,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
As he prepares to face voters for the first time as Supreme Court Justice,* Deters must answer for his former Chief of Staff’s actions as well as his politically-motivated appointment to the Ohio Supreme Court.
* Is Joe Deters a Supreme Court Justice or simply another political appointee for Governor Mike DeWine?