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Sept. 14, 2010
Cuyahoga Appellate Judge Hears Supreme Court Case

Judge Larry A. Jones Sr.Judge Larry A. Jones Sr. of the Eighth District Court of Appeals served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio today and heard oral arguments in an attorney discipline case.

Judge Jones was selected by Chief Justice Eric Brown to sit in place of Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton,who recused herself from Disciplinary Counsel v. Ricketts (Case No. 2010-0806).

According to the Ohio Constitution, in the event of a recusal by a Justice, the Chief Justice or the Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court can select any of the 69 sitting Ohio appellate court judges to sit temporarily on the Supreme Court.

The Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline recommended that the license of Pickerington attorney Richard T. Ricketts be suspended for six months, with the entire term of suspension stayed, for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct in conducting the liquidation of a client’s business.

Elected to the appeals court on Nov. 4, 2008, Judge Jones also served 21 years on the Cleveland Municipal Court, 14 of those years as the presiding and administrative judge. He also served for 11 years as judge of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court, a collaborative program of city and county agencies designed to hold drug offenders accountable and provide treatment resources to break the cycle of drug abuse and drug-related crime and to reduce recidivism. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and his law degree from the Case Western Reserve University Law School.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected by the Chief Justice to serve the court,” said Judge Jones.

The Eighth District Court of Appeals serves Cuyahoga County, and hears cases from county, municipal and common pleas courts as well as original actions in habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, procedendo and quo warranto.

Archived video of this case and every case argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio since March 2004 is available at: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/videostream.

For a high-resolution, print-quality photo of Judge Jones, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/2010/jonesHR.zip.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.