Judges OK special prosecutors in case against John Dellick
By Peter H. Milliken
The five general-division judges of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court have approved the request of county Prosecutor Paul J. Gains for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to supply special prosecutors for the John Dellick aggravated- assault case.
Dellick, 19, of Canfield, is a son of Judge Theresa Dellick of the county’s juvenile court.
The entry was filed Tuesday in advance of John Dellick’s 1 p.m. Nov. 22 preliminary hearing before visiting Judge Michael Kevin Nunner in Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield.
It was signed by Judges R. Scott Krichbaum, James C. Evans, John M. Durkin, Maureen A. Sweeney and Lou A. D’Apolito.
The entry authorizes the AG’s office to prosecute the case in the Canfield court and, if it is bound over, to present it to the grand jury and prosecute it in common pleas court.
John Dellick is charged in the fourth-degree felony case in Canfield with ramming another man’s car while driving during a Canfield Township altercation Oct. 18.
The Ohio Supreme Court appointed Judge Nunner, a retired Harrison County Common Pleas Court judge, after Judge Scott Hunter, who regularly presides in the Canfield court, removed himself from the case, citing the canons of judicial ethics.
Noting that the county prosecutor’s office prosecutes delinquency cases and represents the county children services board in juvenile court, Gains said appointment of a special prosecutor is desirable “to avoid any appearance of impropriety.”
In a letter to Gains, the state attorney general’s office said it is assigning Micah Ault and Brian Deckert, both Cleveland-based assistant Ohio attorneys general, to the case.
There will be no charge to the county for their services, Gains said.
In another criminal matter, John Dellick has pleaded innocent in Youngstown Municipal Court to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing concerning an incident in which he is accused of shouting threats at a woman last Wednesday at Youngstown State University.
He will have a pretrial hearing in that case at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 before Judge Elizabeth Kobly.
Atty. Sam Amendolara, who is a county juvenile court magistrate, is representing John Dellick in both the Canfield and Youngstown cases.
Amendolara has said he is allowed to have a private law practice because he is only a part-time magistrate.
Amendolara has also said he doesn’t believe his multiple roles as a magistrate, county mental health board lawyer and lawyer in private practice present any conflicts of interest.