A Franklin County Municipal Court judge is accused of violating the code of judicial conduct by dismissing a traffic ticket against a lawyer who was representing him in state and federal lawsuits.
Harland H. Hale, the court’s environmental judge, should be disciplined for his behavior, the Ohio Supreme Court’s disciplinary counsel said in a complaint filed this week.
A three-member panel from the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline will be appointed to hear the case. If they and the Supreme Court justices agree with disciplinary counsel Jonathan E. Coughlan, Hale would face discipline ranging from a written reprimand to disbarment.
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Speeding-Ticket Dismissal Brings Misconduct Case Against Franklin County Judge