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Judge O'Neill among the 18 seeking seat on Dublin BOEJudge O'Neill among the 18 seeking seat on Dublin BOEIncluded in the list are Bill Schuck, a former state representative who lost a bid for a Franklin County commissioner seat in 2000, and Deborah O'Neill, a former common pleas court judge who in September had her law license suspended for two years by the Ohio Supreme Court for misconduct. O'Neill filed her application with the district on Monday.O'Neill has one child in the school system and was a common pleas judge in Franklin County for 12 years. She said she always has had an interest in the district and is "very active" with the schools, having founded the "Judge in the Classroom" program, in which Dublin students are active. With that program, she has mentored students and has become acquainted with teachers and administrators, O'Neill said.On the other side, many of the cases she has heard as a judge dealt with school law and the governance of school boards, she said. When asked if she thought the controversy surrounding her suspension would affect her candidacy for the board, she said, "I hope it does not have an impact, but we'll probably never know. "Obviously, not all of the controversy affected my votes (in her bid to be a court of appeals judge in the Nov. 2 election) when 47 percent of the voters supported me without me spending any money," said O'Neill. As a 17-year resident of the district, O'Neill said many people believe, as she does, that the charges that led to her suspension "were not based on merit but were politically motivated." Three new applications, in addition to O'Neill's, were received after The Villager published a story in last week's edition.
Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook granted Davis' motion in July, ruling that O'Neill "misinformed the defendant that he had an opportunity for (probation) and judicial release when he did not."
Holbrook's ruling is a scathing assessment of O'Neill's handling of the sentencing hearing. "A reading of the transcript demonstrates that she did not care about the defendant's understanding, or that it was a murder case, or anything other than moving cases no matter how sloppily it was done," he wrote. O'Neill was elected to two terms as a Common Pleas Court judge, but the Ohio Supreme Court suspended her law license near the end of her second term in 2004 amid complaints that she was ill-tempered and denied defendants their rights. Contacted last week, she said she couldn't recall the Davis case and had no interest in checking court records to refresh her memory about the hearing.
Franklin County of - Court of Common Pleas, Judge Deborah Oneill
369 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 462-5886 Franklin County of - Court of Common Pleas 369 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 462-7587
North Country Gazette, NY - Oct 1, 2006Former Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Deborah O'Neill was found to have violated judicial canons and code in four of six allegations against her. …
The court unanimously ruled that Common Pleas Judge Deborah O'Neill, who was first elected in 1992, "failed to appropriately exercise judicial discretion and failed to follow the law in a variety of ways."The court also found that O'Neill's "repeated volatile outbursts and unprovoked intemperate actions evidence a potential behavioral cause for her misconduct that would be best addressed by a mental health professional."The court suspended O'Neill's license to practice law for two years, but would drop the second year of O'Neill undergoes a mental health evaluation.Any application for reinstatement would require a report on her mental health.The court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline in May found that O'Neill was dishonest, lacked credibility and humility, and acted selfishly and vengefully.She improperly revoked or threatened to revoke defendants' bonds, and once threatened to impose the maximum sentence if the defendant did not plead guilty instead of exercising his right to a trial, the board found.O'Neill violated judicial codes and standards in four of the six allegations lodged against her, the board said.She repeatedly has denied the allegations, saying she was the subject of a political attack by members of the bench.