Michael Benza

Law’s Michael Benza comments on Larry Householder trial and witnesses

Who paid the bribes? Plot hole grows after Householder conviction, as FirstEnergy execs remain unscathed
cleveland.comMichael Benza, senior instructor in law, noted that former FirstEnergy executives probably weren’t put on the witness stand in the trial of former speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder because they likely would have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. “I’m sure the government decided to not do that because they already had enough direct evidence to get the verdict,” Benza said. “Why would I call you if I know you’re going to invoke on every single question?”