Wednesday, December 6, 2006
by Mike Frisch
The Supreme Court of Ohio issued a public reprimand to a Justice of the Court who had been convicted of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The case was presented based upon a stipulation entered into as to the facts of misconduct and mitigation. The panel consisted of the Chief Judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals and the presiding judges of each of the 12 appellate districts (the governing rules disqualify the Supremes from adjudicating a complaint against a member of the Court). Notably, the stipulation did not mention allegations that the judge, while under the infuence, made statements "that might be construed as an attempt to persuade the officer to release her because of her high judicial office" that had been reported by the media. One concurring judge felt that a hearing should have been conducted to address "some unanswered questions as to how the investigator came to the conclusions and recommendations that he presented to the panel."