Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 

Moyer blocks Cleveland-area courts from hearing Taft suit

Yesterday, we had a post about Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice dragging his feet on deciding about jurisdiction involving a suit alleging that the Taft administration swapped unbid state contracts for political donations.

Well, Moyer finally made a decision and it was to exclude all 34 judges on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Moyer says he will instead appoint a retired, visiting judge to hear the case.

That suit was filed by Cuyahoga Co. Commission Tim Hagan, and Moyer argued that because of Hagan's influence on the court's budget the county's sitting judges should be excluded. Even the pleas of the county's chief judge, a Republican, couldn't change Moyer's mind.

If there is a silver lining in this, it's that Moyer didn't shift jurisdiction to Franklin or Hamilton counties which are dominated by Republican judges. Nevertheless, until Moyer announces who the judge will be, we're left sitting with a "devil you know" conundrum.

However Hagan's lawyer, Ken Seminatore, seems optimistic for reasons he explained to the Dispatch:
"If I am permitted to complete discovery, it won’t make any difference what judge hears this case because the massive rape of the Ohio taxpayer by these defendants will be apparent to anyone," Seminatore said.

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