Friday, December 28, 2007

Top Dann Aide Resigns Citing Personal Choice

Deputy First Assistant Brian Laliberte, who headed the criminal section of Attorney General Marc Dann's office, has resigned and will return to his former law office at Baker and Hostetler LLP in Columbus. Mr. Laliberte was one of Dann’s first hires after being elected to the post last November.

For Ohio colleges, the resignation is notable because Laliberte led the attorney general's student loan practices investigation. With ten attorneys and numerous paralegals and interns working on the project, the investigation has been more notable to date for the initial flurry of information-demand letters sent last spring to university presidents than for revelations of inappropriate activity. The impact of Laliberte's departure on the investigation is, obviously, unknown.

Dustin A. Holfinger