governor taft enters plea August 18, 2005 at 3:44 PM EDT - Updated July 26 at 6:27 PM 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.