Judge Hale Faces Disciplinary Action
Updated: Friday, May 3 2013, 01:16 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Carol Luper/Kellie Hanna) — The Disciplinary Counsel of the Ohio Supreme Court has now recommended Environmental Court Judge Harland Hale should be charged with misconduct.
The official complaint says Hale violated the Code of Judicial Conduct when he dismissed a speeding ticket for a lawyer who had been representing Judge Hale.
The complaint says lawyer Patrick Quinn got the ticket and asked the judge if he could be arraigned without appearing in court.
Hale is alleged to have taken the ticket, and the complaint says he “…dismissed Quinn’s ticket without any involvement from the prosecutor or Quinn”.
The complaint says Judge Hale wrote falsely that the Prosecutor dismissed the charge, and later had improper communication with the prosecutor..
A three Judge panel will be appointed to hear the case.
If they find Judge Hale guilty, the punishment ranges from a reprimand to disbarment.