Judicial panel tosses complaint against Ohio court justice

November 10, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A three-judge panel has dismissed a complaint that an Ohio Supreme Court justice failed to recuse himself from cases involving his father, Republican Attorney Gen. and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine.

Cleveland.com reports the decision issued Friday cited case law and said the “totality of circumstances” needs to be considered when viewing an Ohio Judicial Conduct rule that a judge cannot allow a family member to influence judicial conduct or judgment.

The complaint filed in January against Justice Patrick DeWine said DeWine hadn’t explained how he’d know if his father was personally involved in a case or the criteria he’d use to decide whether to recuse himself.

Patrick DeWine faced similar challenges while serving as a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge and a member of the 1st District Court of Appeals.

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