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Judge James Burge of Avon, OH; convicted felon


The state of Ohio presented James Michael Burge with a law license in 1975 after he graduated from Cleveland State University Law School.


A previous story about Jimmy can be found by visiting the URL listed at the end of this article.


In April 2015, Jimmy was convicted by a jury of falsification and tampering with records. It took the jury less than two hours to find Jimmy guilty of three felonies and three misdemeanors.


One of the issues the jury dealt with was Jimmy’s financial form for office wherein he included mundane items like purchases of gift cards from J.C. Penny while concealing a $365,000 piece of property he and his wife were connected too that just happed to be a building where attorneys rented office space and who regularly had cases in Jimmy’s so-called court.


To cement his status as a criminal and a Congenital Liar, Jimmy testified at the criminal trial that he didn’t realize that the property he owned and rented was a business. The prosecutor responded to Jimmy’s false testimony by stating:

  • “A judge and a lawyer of 40 years actually said under oath he doesn’t think owning rental properties was a business.”
  • “That is beyond verbal explanation.”

Ohio Supreme Court rules prohibits a convicted felon from sitting on the bench, which led the court to order Jimmy’s removal. However, committing felonies and not being prosecuted does not disqualify a judge from remaining on the bench.


As a consequence of his conviction, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered that Jimmy be removed as a Lorain County Common Pleas judge.


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