Saturday, December 10, 2022
A Cuyahoga County judge should be suspended for a year according to a report and recommendation of the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct.
The Ohio Supreme Court should remove long-sitting Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Daniel Gaul from office and suspend his license for one year, a disciplinary panel recommended on Friday.
A panel of attorneys for the court’s Board of Professional Conduct held that Gaul committed misconduct in eight cases spanning five years, cases that featured him coercing a man to plead no contest to charges of which he would later be acquitted, ordering a man to spend 30 days in jail for talking back to him in court, and calling multiple Black defendants “brother.”
The hearing also was the subject of reporting by the same source
Tuesday’s hearing was in response to a complaint filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, a division in Ohio’s judiciary branch that pursues allegations of misconduct against lawyers and judges. Gaul, who has spent nearly 32 years on the bench, is accused of misconduct and violating the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct and Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.
Some of Gaul’s courtroom actions were featured in an episode during the third season of the Serial podcast, which focused on the criminal justice system in Cuyahoga County.