Commission gets complaint against appeals-judge hopeful O'Toole

Staff report


A five-judge commission has been appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to consider a report by a hearing panel that found Colleen Mary O’Toole, a candidate for the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals, committed two campaign violations by insinuating that she is a sitting appeals court judge.

A panel of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline said that O’Toole misled the public on her website by describing her former service on the appeals court, which ended in 2010, this way: “During her term, she has decided over 1,500 cases and has authored over 500 opinions.”

The panel also found that she misled people by wearing a badge reading “Mary Colleen O’Toole Judge 11th District Court of Appeals.”

O’Toole said she always wears the badge with a sticker below it that reads “O’Toole for Judge.”

The panel recommended that O’Toole remove any references on her website to herself as “Judge O’Toole” and be ordered to stop wearing the name badge, pay a $1,000 fine, cost of proceedings and $2,500 to the person who filed the complaint against her to cover his legal expenses.

The commission appointed to consider the panel’s report includes Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The commission will report back to the Supreme Court for possible action against O’Toole or dismissal of the complaint.

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