The Ohio Supreme Court justices who heard the Tyrone Noling case Monday included a familiar face for the Akron area.

Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Carla Moore sat in as a visiting judge during the oral arguments for the Noling case after Justice William OíNeill recused himself.

Moore, on her way into the court, said this is her third time serving as a visiting judge in the high court and may be her last.

She is retiring at end of the year.

ďItís kind of nice for my last dance,Ē Moore said.

Moore, who began her judicial career as the first black woman to serve as an Akron Municipal Court judge, recently received the 2016 Sir Thomas More Award.

This honor is given to a member of the local legal community who demonstrates outstanding personal integrity, community service and professional excellence.

OíNeill didnít say why he recused himself from the Noling case, which isnít required. It may have been because he handled issues involving the Noling case when he was an 11th District Court of Appeals judge.

ó Stephanie Warsmith