► Cincinnati Enquirer – 07/21/01 – Former Supreme Court Justice charged with ethics violation Print E-mail

Cincinnati Enquirer – July 21, 2001 – Former Supreme Court Justice charged with ethics violation

COLUMBUS – Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice J. Craig Wright has been charged with failing to disclose $7,150 in pay he received last year as a magistrate in suburban Whitehall.
David Palmer of Powell, a self-proclaimed judicial watchdog, filed the complaint alleging that J. Craig Wright submitted a false financial disclosure statement to the Ohio Ethics Commission, a first-degree misdemeanor.
J. Craig Wright is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on July 20.
“If there was a mistake, I’ll certainly correct it,” J. Craig Wright said on Wednesday.
“It may be some sort of clerical error,” J. Craig Wright said.
J. Craig Wright filed an annual report with the ethics commission on Feb. 7 as a member of the Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline.
The report did not mention any income as a mayor’s court magistrate, Mr. Palmer said. Magistrates are attorneys given the authority to act as judges; their rulings are reviewed by actual judges.
Whitehall receipts show J. Craig Wright billed the city for 11 court sessions [each last 1-2 hours] in October, November and December at $650 a session.
Mr. Palmer earlier filed theft-in-office charges against nine visiting judges for alleged overbilling for daily stipends, meals and lodging.

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