The Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct was urged on Jan. 10 to publicly reprimand a Lucas County judge who was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in July. The recommendation was made by the judge and the court's disciplinary counsel. An Ohio Supreme Court justice who found herself in a similar position was reprimanded in 2005. A public reprimand would become part of the judge's permanent record, but it would not prevent the judge from serving on the bench or seeking reelection.
When it makes its decision, the court is likely to be more concerned about statements the judge made prior to being taken into custody than the conduct that led to him being pulled over. Footage captured by a police car dashboard camera shows the judge attempting to use his position to secure more lenient treatment on four occasions. Police stopped the judge's car in Findlay on July 21 shortly after it exited Interstate 75 for a lane violation and failing to signal. The officers involved said that the judge was extremely drunk when they pulled him over.