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Complaint Accuses SUPCO Justice Of Improperly Hearing Cases Involving His Father

Feb 1, 2018

Pat DeWine
Credit supremecourt.ohio.gov

A complaint filed Tuesday by a special disciplinary counsel accuses Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick DeWine of improperly hearing cases involving the office of his father, Republican Ohio Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine. 

The complaint also accuses the Republican justice of improperly using his influence in soliciting Republican Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to hire his son for a summer job. The complaint seeks the justice's disqualification from hearing cases involving Deters and the AG's office. DeWine says he sought legal ethics experts' guidance before becoming a justice and has followed their advice "to the letter."