April 26, 2015

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Judge rejects lawsuit targeting Oberlin firearms ordinances

ELYRIA — A county judge has shot down a lawsuit against the city of Oberlin challenging an ordinance that makes it illegal for those who aren’t allowed to have guns to carry weapons in the city’s parks. In a decision handed down this week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers ruled that in its Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court suspends Burge’s law license

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge prepares to give his closing statement to the jury during his trial Wednesday at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the law license of Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. The court order came a day after Burge sent Gov. John Kasich a letter of resignation, which will take effect Monday. “It’s something that I expected,” Burge said Wednesday after the order was handed down Read More…

Burge submits letter of resignation as judge

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has tendered his resignation effective next Monday. Burge’s resignation comes less than a week after he was convicted of tampering with records and falsification for problems with financial disclosure forms he was required to file with the Ohio Supreme Court. The discrepancies centered on the judge’s Read More…

Who will replace Burge as Lorain County judge? And when?

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge gives his closing statement to the jury during his trial at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria on Wednesday, April 6. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — County Republicans have already begun looking for a replacement for Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who was convicted Wednesday of falsification and tampering with records charges. Helen Hurst, chairwoman of the Lorain County Republican Party, said she consulted with Gov. John Kasich’s office Thursday morning about the process that will be Read More…

Burge convicted on six counts (VIDEO)

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge prepares to give his closing statement to the jury during his trial Wednesday at the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Common Pleas Judge James Burge was convicted Wednesday on counts of falsification and tampering with records, charges that will draw to a close his tumultuous eight-year tenure on the bench and 40 years as an attorney. The five-man, seven-woman jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of the three felonies Read More…

Prosecution rests; Burge to present defense this afternoon

ELYRIA – The state rested its case against Judge James Burge on Monday morning after calling final witness Thomas Brokamp. Part of the state’s case against Burge hinges on whether or not he committed a criminal act by omitting certain information on financial disclosure forms, specifically the fact that he failed to list Lorain National Read More…

Burge jury selection under way

ELYRIA — A total of 83 potential jurors were summoned for the trial of Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge on corruption charges. Jury selection is currently under way before visiting Judge Dale Crawford, who also denied a request by Burge’s defense attorney seeking a dismissal. Michael Stepanik, Burge’s attorney, said Friday that the Read More…

Man sentenced for crash that killed mother and son

ELYRIA — -In an emotionally-charged hearing Gerald Wetherbee Jr. was sentenced today to 34 years in prison for killing two members of the Tomasheski family and critically injuring two others in a car crash last June. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge gave Wetherbee just two years shy of the maximum sentence in the Read More…