Law instructor Michael Benza explains how guilty politician is staying out of prison

J. Kevin Kelley spends his days in Florida while serving as government witness

The Plain Dealer: Former Parma politician J. Kevin Kelley has been spending time in Florida, three years after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges. Because he is a cooperative witness, prosecutors have kept him out of prison until he completes his testimony; if he were in prison, contact with him wouldn’t be as easy. “The government doesn’t have much to bargain with if it says, ‘We want you to snitch for us, but first, we’re going to put you in prison,'” said Michael Benza, senior instructor of law.