COLUMBUS: The Ohio Supreme Court’s disciplinary board has recommended a sanction of Akron Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Michael in connection with a complaint that she accepted a $25,000 campaign contribution from her ex-husband and used improper wording on her campaign material for a seat on the Summit County Common Pleas Court.
A five-judge panel has been appointed to review the recommendation, high court officials announced Tuesday.
In a report by the court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, officials said Michael’s campaign committee repaid the entire $25,000 contribution on April 6, after a hearing determined it was a violation of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct.
The board also issued a cease and desist order to Michael for omitting her standing as a municipal judge in 2012 campaign material stating: “Vote Judge Kathryn Michael for Common Pleas Court.’’
Michael, a Democrat who is running in November for the seat of incumbent Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien, has since corrected the omission “at some considerable expense,” the board noted.
No previous campaign violations occurred, according to the board’s findings.