► Columbus Dispatch – 07/10/01 – Powell man wants judges to repay taxpayer money - offers judicial amnesty program Print E-mail

Columbus Dispatch – July 10, 2001 – Powell man wants judges to repay taxpayer money - offers judicial amnesty program

Jon Craig
 
Watchdog offers “judicial amnesty program”
 
Caged by courtroom bureaucracy when he filed criminal complaints against 11 judges, David Palmer of Powell is now offering a “judicial amnesty program.”
 
The self-appointed legal watchdog said he sent letters yesterday to six appeals court judges from Akron, Canton and Cleveland, dogging them to repay allegedly misspent taxpayer money.
 
Palmer accused three of the jurists of paying for family vacations during a June 2000 judges association conference at Cedar Point.
 
“It’s their annual hosing of the taxpayers,” Palmer said. “These are the same penny ante, nickel-and-dime people who make $110,000 annually.”
 
Palmer questioned two judges for billing lunches during local jaunts, and five about costly junkets for one-day conferences. Overnight lodging in Columbus cost as much as $144, breakfast $22 and valet parking $21.
 
Palmer gave the judges 10 days to reimburse the stat of Ohio. “Please advise me of the date and means by which you have done so.”
 

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