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Youngstown judges ask top court to order construction of new courthouse

Published: Thu, May 14, 2009 @ 4:45 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Municipal Court’s three judges filed a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court demanding that the city’s administration and council provide the court with “suitable accommodations.”

In a journal entry Jan. 26, the judges had ordered Mayor Jay Williams and city council to provide a new court facility of at least 34,000 square feet with numerous other requirements. In subsequent conversations, the judges said if their order were ignored they would file a request with the Supreme Court to have that judicial body require the city to provide new court space.

The two sides couldn’t come to an agreement and the judges filed with the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“There’s no point in negotiating further with someone who’s not negotiating in good faith,” said Elizabeth A. Kobly, the court’s administrative and presiding judge.

Williams said his administration acknowledges the current court location — the second floor of city hall, 26 S. Phelps St. — isn’t an adequate site. But the mayor said every effort he’s made to come up with a solution is rejected by the judges.

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1scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

If they want a 34,000 sq ft courthouse move them to the old Sam's Club bldg in Boardman and give them a couple hundred folding chairs
Friggin crybabies!

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2paulydel(1492 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

With all the fine money they could have built a new courthouse by now.

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3NoBS(2315 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Remember these names at election time, and anyone who votes to put these people back into office deserves what they get - out-of-touch, self-centered, selfish, egomaniacs who feel they deserve only the best, whether anybody can afford it or not.

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4janmarsolhoh(10 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

use the playhouse

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5Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

How about the old Strouss/Pharmor building? Isn't there quuite a bit of available space in that place? Doesn't the city own the place already? I don't have the answers, just asking.

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