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Monday, February 25, 2008

Ohio's least busy judge? Not really.

Clermont County reporter Barrett Brunsman reports from Batavia:

A candidate for a seat on the 12th District Court of Appeals doesn’t agree with the verdict of the Cincinnati Business Courier, which labeled him “one of Ohio’s least busy judges.”

The Feb. 15 “special report” focused on whether lengthy civil cases cost businesses money, but Judge Robert P. Ringland of Clermont County Common Pleas Court said he fears the story could cost him votes in the Nov. 4 election.

“This was a violation of Journalism 101,” Ringland said. “The whole report is flawed. I will match my reputation against any other judge in the state of Ohio for work ethic and performance.”

Ringland said he expects Democrats to make a campaign issue of the Business Courier’s comment – even though a computer glitch at the county clerk of court’s office resulted in faulty data about his productivity being sent to the Ohio Supreme Court, from which the newspaper got its statistics.

“There was a glitch,” confirmed Alice Fricke, chief deputy for the Common Pleas clerk of courts. “It was calculating incorrectly.”

The problem was fixed after Judge Victor Haddad noticed it this summer, Fricke said.
However, the correct data for the past several years were never sent to the Supreme Court, said Patricia Schwartz, administrator of Common Pleas Court.

Dan Monk, one of the reporters who wrote the Business Courier story, said such a glitch “would have been a factor” in skewing some of the results of an analysis of the cases of Ringland and the three other Common Pleas judges in Clermont.

Ringland said no reporter called him to check the facts before the ranking of local judges was published. Monk confirmed that.

Last year, court records show, Ringland was assigned 667 new civil cases – and cleared 778. He also cleared 316 criminal cases, including the Liz Carroll murder trial.

Ringland handles some of the most complex and high-profile criminal cases in Clermont. The Ohio Supreme Court requires that criminal cases be given priority over civil cases because an individual’s liberty can be at stake, Ringland said.

He also devotes more time to writing legal opinions than most judges. Ringland has had 91 of his opinions published by the Ohio Supreme Court, more than any other trial judge in the state.

A Republican, Ringland is running against Democrat Bruce Carter in the nonpartisan election for a new seat on the appeals court in Middletown. The 12th District hears cases from Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Preble and Warren counties.



at 1:33 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone finally stands up for himself when the "news"paper gets it wrong.

What kind of journalism school do you have to go to that makes you think you don't have to check figures? Oh, and why didn't he go ahead and get a quote from the judge if he thought his performance was so bad?

The media is showing itself to be lazier and more more slanted (New York Times et al.).

A retraction from the Biz Journal and remedial journalism classes would be a good FIRST step towards correcting this problem.

at 2:07 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Carter wouldn't be the first Dem to not let the facts get in the wayt of a good campaign smear.

I hope he does the same thing Jim O'Reilly did and distort another judge's record. O'Reilly rode that strategy to a crushing defeat for an appellate seat after plunking down a cool quarter mil of his own money. O' Reilly got 35% in a county that most other Dems carried. Oh, yeah, and O'Reilly got sanctioned by the bar association.

Go for it, Brucie! All it'd cost you is a ton of money and your reputation.

at 2:58 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newspaper must print a correction ASAP. I agree with the first commenter--what has happened to the "journalism" profession? This kind of egregious error could be prevented with the most basic verification of the numbers presented. Judge Ringland is one of the finest judges in this part of Ohio.

at 3:24 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Ringland is just the latest political figure that the so-called journalists are out to get because of the "R" next to his name. He is guilty of nothing more than being a Republican.

And, yes, there are some deranged posters on here who think that alone makes one disqualified to hold office or even to live outside of prison.

Apparently Dan Monk believes the same thing.

at 5:01 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Ringland is one of the most dynamic, honest, compassionate and ethical judges Clermont County and for that matter, the surrounding area has ever seen. The Business Courier was way off base in not checking their facts before the sullied the reputation of this fine man. They ought to be ashamed and print a front page retraction!

at 6:47 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that the future Judge Carter has some good cheese, because many of you certainly have the "WHINE"

at 6:52 PM, February 25, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Any chance of Ringland moving to Hamilton County?

at 1:46 AM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Monk is an Elder grad schooled in the tradition.

at 10:00 AM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Carter? You have to been dropped on your head when you where a small check or kicked in the head by mule. Either way, Bruce Carter is nothing but an asbestos ambulance chaser who stands no chance of being elected. Why? What qualifications does he bring? What about electibility? Who the heck even knows who he is? I live in Fairfield, where he does, yes I have never heard of him. Another rum dum democrat trying to make a name for himself.

at 6:33 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Annonymous who lives in Fairfield. After reading your comments regarding Bruce Carter I am glad I do not live in Fairfield.
From the "outside looking in"-Bruce Carter is not the "dum democrat" in Fairfield-That would be YOU!

at 10:19 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am curious as to what 'qualifica-
tions' makes one a good appellate judge. Do you even know what an appellate court judge does? He (never been a 'she' on the court, not yet anyway), reviews the opinions from the trial court. There is a lot of research, reading, writing. A good experienced trial lawyer or litigator or someone with a national practice in front of judges all across the country makes one 'qualified' to be an appellate judge. By the way, do you know everyone in Fairfield?

at 6:54 AM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey maybe when you've been a trial judge for a quarter century you become myopic.

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