► Judge James Burge of Elyria, OH; indicted criminal Print
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Judge James Burge of Elyria, OH; indicted criminal


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


In November 2006, Jimmy succeeded in duping the voters in Lorain County into electing him as a Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge.


In late September 2014, Jimmy was indicted by a Lorain County grand jury on 12 corruption charges, six of which are felonies. The criminal charges include three counts of tampering with records, having an improper interest in a public contract, falsification and soliciting improper compensation.


The criminal charges relate to a time when Jimmy owned and rented an office building he owned to local attorneys, some of whom had cases heard by Jimmy.


The tampering with records charge came about when Jimmy provided false information on financial disclosure statements for 2010, 2011 and 2012 with the Ohio Supreme Court relating to his ownership of the office building in question.


The soliciting improper compensation and having an unlawful interest in a public interest charges relate to the fact Jimmy presided over cases involving attorneys who rented space in a Lorain office building he owned.


While the criminal case is pending, Jimmy is barred from presiding on the bench; however, he will continue to receive an undeserved weekly paycheck from the taxpayers of $2,334.


All that remains now is to wait for Jimmy to cop a plea. After that, we’ll have to see what if any punishment is meted out to Jimmy by the Ohio Supreme Court.