Julie Carr Smyth

COLUMBUS: A judge has rejected requests that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine be forced to testify in a $100 million multi-state fraud trial.

The subpoenas were requested by an attorney for defendant Bobby Thompson, whom prosecutors identify as John Donald Cody. It was an attempt to show that Thompson’s GOP-leaning political donations were legal.

A Cuyahoga County judge on Friday turned down the requests for testimony by Boehner and DeWine, who directed the fraud investigation. DeWine had sought to quash the subpoenas, saying there’s no indication they have relevant evidence that can help the defendant.

Thompson’s attorney is challenging the judge’s decision.

Thompson goes on trial Monday in Cleveland on charges of defrauding people who donated to a reputed Navy veterans charity.