In short, Morrison is accused of profiting from the sale of a house to the University in the neighborhood where a new athletic stadium is being built, a transaction involving his lawyer son that netted about $33,000, or 40 pct. profit during the short flipping period that it was in the family. Ethical or unethical, I'll let the court decide. But if you want to raise suspicion of a conflict of interest, there's no easier way to do it than to sit on a university board while the family is turning a dollar. Morrison, you should know, denies that any of this was off the books. But the indictment says he engaged in "an unlawful interest in a public contract" and filed a "false" financial statement with the Ohio Ethics Commission.
Morrison is the lawyer for the County GOP and sits on the State Republican Committee. You can be sure that the two sides will have a lot more to say about this when it goes to trial. The arraignment was set for 8 a.m. Dec. 31. in the courthouse annex at which time a trial date will be set.
Meantime, there may be a subtext on another sticky matter involving Morrison, who is the law director of Munroe Falls. A former Munroe Falls Councilman, Bentley Hudson, will take up the question before the council on how Morrison managed to import tons of landscaping granite rocks and sandstone from city property to the lawyer's new home that was under construction on Silver Lake last summer. "I'm going to be asking a lot of questions about that at the council meeting Monday, Hudson says. You'd have to assume that with Jack Morrison, life must never be dull.