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  •  In the 90s, (14+ / 0-)

    a judge in Cleveland, Ohio had a case of three people — two men and a woman — who had committed a low-level scam. I don't remember the details, but it was something like a credit card or check cashing scam for a few hundred dollars. One of the men was the instigator.

    The juge gave the men the usual sentences for this — a fine, probation. She sentenced the woman to jail because she was pregnant and she did not want her to have the opportunity to get an abortion.

    I don't recall what happened with the woman's pregnancy, but I DO recall what happened to Judge Patricia Cleary. I still remember hunting for her race to vote against her and freaking out because the slippage of the misaligned butterfly ballot almost had me marking her name. (Luckily I caught it as unfortunately a few too many voters in Florida that year did not). She was defeated. I don't think it was just this case from a couple of years earlier, although it was notorious. I think she also made some anti-gay remarks (funny how those go hand-in-hand, eh?) and may have also been targeted by the gay community here, which is very motivated.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:38:55 PM PST

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    •  Just found a few articles about this. (13+ / 0-)

      Just sentenced her to jail unless she agreed up give up the child for adoption. Clear overstepping of her powers. The young woman did have the child and she kept it.

      The ACLU had successfully argued in the Eighth District Court of Appeals that Kawaguchi's sentence of incarceration was improperly based on her stated intention to abort her pregnancy if granted probation (the recommended sentence in her case).  

      Kawaguchi was subsequently granted early release from probation. In the three years since the appeals court reversed Judge Cleary's sentence and ordered probation, Kawaguchi has returned to college, held two full-time jobs, and received an associate degree with honors. She will re-enter the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of this year.  

      Cleary was defeated for re-election in November 2000 was thereafter suspended from the practice of law for six months by the Ohio Supreme Court based on her conduct surrounding the case.

      I proudly voted against her.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:41:26 PM PST

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      •  Pity that's all the punishment she got.. (1+ / 0-)
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        disbarment would not seem unreasonable to me.

        Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

        by OrdinaryIowan on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 07:17:57 PM PST

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