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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Law - Disorder in Ohio courtroom

The Cincinnati Enquirer has an editorial today headed "Ensuring order in Mason's city court." It begins:

Critics call Mason Municipal Court Judge George Parker a courtroom bully - a judge whose behavior mocks the fairness and civility he has sworn to provide.

But like the defendants who come before him, he will deserve a fair hearing when he goes before an Ohio Supreme Court disciplinary board on charges of degrading behavior.

He should expect what any defendant, witness or victim should expect from a judicial body - to be treated with courtesy and simple human respect.

We think that's what he'll get before the disciplinary board. After all, if people intimately involved with the law aren't civil, discreet, governed by reason and impartiality, who will be?

Which is precisely the point.

The complaints filed against Parker by the Supreme Court's disciplinary board include his ordering the arrest of a defendant's mother after she raised her hand to ask a question and his degrading a victim-witness. Other legendary Parker antics include demanding a defendant tell him where she had gotten marijuana, then calling the dealer on the court's speaker phone, and rising to scream from the bench. * * *

This is the stuff of tacky TV court shows.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 15, 2005 08:45 AM
Posted to General Law Related