Ex-judge Cronin pleads guilty; view arrest video here

Cronin Police Tape

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Maureen Cronin Police Tape

CANFIELD — When Maureen A. Cronin starts driving again, the retired judge’s car will have yellow license plates that signify a multiple drunken-driving offender.

She’ll also have an ignition interlock device on her dashboard that will measure her alcohol concentration when she blows into it. If the reading is acceptable, the car will start.

Cronin, 54, of Canfield Road, was charged with OVI, operating a vehicle impaired, after being stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper at 11:54 p.m. Sept. 5 for a “marked lane” offense — weaving. She was pulled over on state Route 11 in Beaver Township.

Cronin resigned from her position as a part-time instructor at Youngstown State University on Sept. 6, said Ron Cole, YSU spokesman.

Cronin appeared in Mahoning County Area Court here this afternoon and pleaded guilty to the OVI charge. It’s her second — she also pleaded guilty to OVI in April 2005 in Boardman. She was still on the Mahoning County Common Pleas bench at the time and retired in July after 13 years.

Cronin smiled at reporters as she entered the courtroom today, but let her Youngstown lawyer, Scott R. Cochran, speak on her behalf afterward.

He said his client has some alcohol issues and wants to deal with them appropriately. He asked that everyone respect her privacy.

Part of her sentence, he said, is an alcohol assessment followed by whatever treatment is recommended.

In a plea agreement accepted by Judge Scott D. Hunter, Cronin, aside from the special plates and ignition interlock, begins 18 days’ electronically monitored house arrest Thursday. At some point after alcohol assessment, she must serve five days in jail.

If Cronin violates her one-year probation, the judge can impose the 157 jail days he suspended. Her car is immobilized for 90 days, and her driver’s license is suspended for one year with occupational driving privileges.

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