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Two legislators ask governor not to replace judge



Published: Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 4:03 p.m.

Two legislators ask governor not to replace judge

YOUNGSTOWN — Two Democratic state House members are asking Gov. John Kasich not to fill the soon-to-be-vacant position of retiring Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr.

State Reps. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, and Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, wrote a letter today to the Republican governor asking him to “refrain” from filling the seat and to “express support for reconfiguring [Mahoning] County’s lower courts to use taxpayer resources more judiciously.”

It was only a week ago that Rob Nichols, the governor’s spokesman, said the state Constitution requires Kasich to appoint someone to the position, and he’d follow the law until the state Legislature voted to abolish the seat.

Judge Douglas will retire Aug. 1. His term doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2013.

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1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Recall Betras calling for this a week or so ago? Seems when The Chairman says "jump," these two free-thinkers merely ask "how high." (Hagan and Gerberry, aka TweedleDumb and TweedleDumber.)

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2harleydog(209 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Of course they don't want a Republican to fill the position. If Strickland was in office do you think they would ask him not to fill the position? Doubt it.

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3VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree with harleydog. If Strickland were appointing a new judge, they would not be asking him to refrain from replacing a retiring judge.

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4DwightK(1256 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Does it matter what betras, hagan or Gerberry's motives are? The issue is whether Youngstown needs three judges at this level.

Out of the five previous posts only one person has let th eissue drive their comment. personally, I think three is too many and this is a perfect time for the city to get rid of a court and save the money.

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