Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has known William Schenck for decades.   Which may explain why DeWine has chosen not to suspend or fire Schenck from his job at the AG’s office after his December 2nd DUI arrest.

Schenk worked with DeWine in the Greene County Prosecutors Office.   They worked in private practice together at the firm DeWine, Schenck and Rose.   When DeWine served in the senate, Bill’s wife managed DeWine’s state office.   In the Senate, DeWine nominated Schenk for job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

So, when DeWine came into the Attorney General’s office, he of course brought Schenck with him as his Senior Advisor.  And DeWine entrusted Schenck to assist with some his highest-profile cases, like the rape in Steubenville and the Limberios case in Sandusky County.

Which begs the question:  if DeWine has been friends with Schenck for over 35 years, then he certainly must have known about Schenck’s drinking.   Right?

If you watch the dash cam video of Schenck’s arrest (below from the DDN), it’s clear this wasn’t simply the case of a guy who had a few too many beers.   Schenck could barely stand up, he was only partially able to answer the officer’s questions, he had visibly wet his pants, and he was unable to perform even the simplest field sobriety test.

This doesn’t appear to be simply the case of a guy who made a bad decision one Saturday night.   This looks like a guy with a serious drinking problem.

DeWine says he’s not going to put Schenck on leave or make any decision about disciplining him until after the court proceedings.   Schenck has entered a not guilty plea and promised to seek treatment.

So we have to ask:  Did DeWine know about Schenck’s drinking problem when he assigned him to work on some of the most important cases handled by the Attorney General’s office?


  • jr6020

    And the AG is proud of this guy? MD showed poor judgment hiring this chap if he knew about this guy’s drinking problem and even poorer judgment in not suspending or firing him following this incident…Any other state employee would be suspended (with pay) immediately and, after due process, put on strict probation with mandatory treatment or FIRED…

  • Charles Wolf

    The part that is difficult to believe is that the Dash Cam is recording the event to old fashioned analog video tape (which is tracking poorly) instead of to some digital media.

  • JoyceG

    Love how “A DUI Charge Can Be Beat” is the ad at the top of the page.

  • Margo/Mom

    Hasn’t this guy had some similar run-ins in the past. I’ll admit they all start to run together, but who was the guy who passed out on his car in the Capitol garage. And the one who was accused of spousal abuse while drunk? And someone slse who was stopped drunk out of state with a woman not his wife? Need a scorecard.

  • Dale Russell

    welcome to what can and cannot be used as evidence in court. Analog tape is preferred because it is way easier to tell if someone has tampered with it.

  • CowtownGirl

    The incidents you reference in your post are all different people. The only common thread is that they are employed by the State of Ohio, are Republicans and are serving in the Kasich administration. Add this guy to the list. Sad.

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