governor taft enters plea

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Governor Taft has pleaded no contest to

ethics charges that he failed to report golf outings and other

gifts.

Taft was charged with failing to disclose 52 gifts -- including

dinners, golf games and professional hockey tickets -- worth about

58-hundred dollars.

He is the first Ohio governor charged with a crime.

The Republican entered the plea in Franklin County Municipal

Court.

The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but means the

defendant will not fight the charges.