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Complaint against Colleen M. O'Toole

Complaint against Colleen M. O'Toole

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BEFORETHEBOARDOFCOMMISSIONERS
ONGRIEVANCESANDDISCIPLINEOFTHE
SUPREMECOURT
OF
OHIO
Inre:
12
-1'-653
JudicialCampaignComplaintAgainst CaseNo.:12-066ColleenMaryOToole(0053652)Respondent,
PANELFINDINGS,CONCLUSIONSANDRECOMMENDATIONS
JamesDavis(0007850)
INTRODUCTION
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ThismattercameonforhearinginColumbus,OhioonSeptember 18,2012,pufuanttoSection5(C)(3)ofRuleIIoftheSupremeCourtRulesfor theGovernmentoftheJudiciaryofOhio,beforeapanelconsistingofPatrickL.
I.---
Sink,anonattorneymemberoftheBoardofCommissioners,McKenzieDavis, Esq.andJudgeOthoEyster,panelchair,allmembersoftheBoardof
cornmssrcoers
onGrievancesandDiscipline.Noneofthepanelmembers residesintheappellatedistrictfromwhichthecomplaintoriginated.The
I
Complainant,JamesDavis,waspresentandrepresentedbyDavid
F,
Axelrodand MaryL.Cibellj'TheRespondent,ColleenMaryOToole,wasalsopresentand represented
by
J.
MichaelMurray.
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{~2}The
comp(ailltill
thismatter
containsthreecounts.Count
I
allegesthatRespondentisacandidatefortheEleventhDistrictCourtofAppealsandthatsheisnotnownorhasshebeenajudgeintheStateofOhiosince2011;thatthebiographyorresumedistributedbyRespondenttotheAshtabulaCountyRepublicanPartycontainsaphotographofherinwhatappearstobeajudicial robe(Exhibit
1);
thatthisphotographcreatesthefalseimpressionofbeingacurrentjudge;and,thisphotographwasposted,published,circulated,ordistributedconcerningtheRespondentandthatshedidsoeitherknowingtheinformationtobefalseorwitharecklessdisregardofwhetherornotitwasfalseor,iftrue,thatwouldbedeceivingormisleadingtoareasonableperson.CountIIallegesRespondent'swebsiteotooleforjudge.com(Exhibit2)containsa statementthatshe"waselectedtotheEleventhDistrictCourtofAppealsin2004"andthat"JudgeOTooletestifiedonthepositionsoftheOhioJudicialConferenceCommitteeandparticipatedinmanylegislativeconferences
advocating
the
positionoftheconference
be[fore]
fegislators
fl;
andthese
statementswereposted,published,circulated,ordistributedconcerningtheRespondent,eitherknowingtheinformationtobefalseorwitharecklessdisregardofwhetherornotitwasfalseor,iftrue,thatwouldbedeceivingormisleadingtoareasonableperson.CountIIIallegesRespondentworeagoldandblacknamebadgewhichreads"ColleenMaryO'TooleJudge
11th
DistrictCourtofAppeals(Exhibits3&17);thatthisstatementismisleadingtoareasonablepersoninthatjtconveystheimpressionthattheRespondentis
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currentlyajudgeofthe
11th
DistrictCourtofAppeals;andthisstatementwasposted,published,circulated,ordistributedconcerningtheRespondent,eitherknowingtheinformationtobefalseorwitharecklessdisregardofwhetherornotitwasfalseor,iftrue,thatwouldbedeceivingormisleadingtoareasonableperson.
{~3}
Thepanel,havingconsideredthetestimony,exhibits,argumentsandallrelevantmatters,findstheComplainantdidnotprovebyclearandconvincingevidencetheallegedviolationsofRules4.3(A)and4.3(F)oftheOhioCodeofJudicialConductcontainedinCountIofthecomplaint,andrecommendsCount
I
bedlsmlssed.ThepanelfurtherfindstheComplainantdidprovebyclearandconvincingevidenceaviolationofRule4.3(A)[statementsposted,published,circulated,ordistributedconcerningtheRespondent,eitherknowingtheinformationtobefalseorwitharecklessdisregardofwhetherornotitwasfalseor,iftrue,thatwouldbedeceivingormisleadingtoareasonableperson]asallegedinCounts
II
&
III.
FINDINGOFFACT
{~4}
TheRespondentiscurrentlyajudicialcandidatefortheEleventhDistrictCourtofAppealsinNovember6,2012generalelection.TheRespondentservedafulltermonthisCourtfrom2006through2011,andwasdefeatedinthe2010primaryinherbidforre-election.TheRespondenthasnotservedasajudgeintheStateofOhiosince2011.
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