Greater than 2,700 court docket instances heard by a former southern Ohio choose might be re-examined after the choose’s household accused him of repeatedly coming to work drunk.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the state public defender’s workplace was overseeing the assessment of all 2,707 instances earlier than Scioto County Widespread Pleas Courtroom Choose William T. Marshall, 62, which concerned jail time or different court docket supervision. A minimum of 1,200 of these instances reportedly have been heard since Marshall was first hospitalized for alcoholism in 2013.
Because the Enquirer reported, Marshall’s household filed guardianship papers in February that sought management of his private and monetary affairs. They argued that Marshall “reportedly has had many events the place he both failed to seem for work as a typical pleas choose or confirmed as much as work whereas below the affect” and claimed that with no guardian, the choose would “need to return to ingesting and proceed his self-inflicted demise sentence.”
Messages from Fox Information looking for remark from Marshall or his legal professional weren’t returned.
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Courtroom paperwork indicated that Marshall has been hospitalized at the least 3 times since 2013 and was ordered to rehab as a part of his sentence for driving below the affect following a automotive crash.
“That is  when now we have concrete proof that his ingesting was extreme sufficient to be severely interfering together with his life and doubtlessly together with his means to make truthful decisions from the bench,” Ohio Public Defender Tim Younger informed the Enquirer.
Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman expressed skepticism in regards to the assessment, telling the Enquirer that “I do not assume there are going to be that many if any instances which have issues. All the pieces is written down, recorded on video and on audio … clearly [Marshall] had a problem however that it will not grow to be as large a problem as they’re making it.”
In March, the Enquirer revealed an investigation indicating Marshall was concerned in a sex-trafficking ring based mostly within the southern Ohio metropolis of Portsmouth. The report cited a federal wiretap affidavit in opposition to a distinguished native protection legal professional, Michael Mearan, that alleged Mearan promised his feminine purchasers that he would prepare lenient sentences and probation necessities for them from pleasant judges and parole officers as long as the ladies would comply with be pimped out.
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The affidavit talked about a choose, whom some girls recognized to the Enquirer as Marshall, who acted “in collusion” with Mearan and obtained girls from him. Three completely different girls stated they’d been approached to both have intercourse with Marshall or work as a prostitute for Mearan.
The choose denied any involvement, telling the Enquirer: “Are you severe? I might by no means do something like that.”
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Marshall spent 16 years on the state bench earlier than his retirement final yr. Weeks later, the Ohio Supreme Courtroom’s Board of Skilled Conduct suspended Marshall from training legislation for six months after the choose “improperly confronted” Ohio State Freeway Patrol officers who had written his daughter a rushing ticket.
“I didn’t just like the trooper,” Marshall informed a county prosecutor when requested about his habits, in response to The Enquirer. “He didn’t take heed to me. There was once a code on this county – I’m a choose and he shouldn’t have written my daughter [the ticket.]”
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