September 18, 2008
"Flagrant Disregard Of The Law"
The Ohio supreme Court publicly reprimanded a former judge for conduct described on the court's web page as follows:
The Supreme Court of Ohio today publicly reprimanded former Xenia Municipal Court Judge Susan L. Goldie for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct by imposing sanctions including jail sentences against defendants in cases before her court without affording those defendants due process “in flagrant disregard of the law.”
The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that Goldie, who left judicial office in December 2007, exceeded her authority and denied the defendants due process in three cases involving offenders who had failed to pay fines or to comply with court orders imposed in previous appearances before her court. In one case Goldie imposed nine consecutive jail terms totaling 270 days for contempt of court on a defendant without conducting a required hearing to determine whether the defendant was financially able to pay overdue fines and court costs from prior traffic and criminal convictions.
The court's decision is linked here. (Mike Frisch)
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