Judge Faces Suspension for Reaction to Tardiness

Associated Press

A judge who dismissed a child sexual abuse case because a witness was 20 minutes late agreed to a 60-day suspension without pay.

The sanction against Common Pleas Judge William Millard for judicial misconduct must be reviewed by a five-member commission of judges, then the Ohio Supreme Court.

Geoffrey Stern, the state Supreme Court's disciplinary counsel, recommended the suspension last week. Millard admitted allegations in a six-count complaint charging him with violating three rules that govern judicial conduct, Stern said.

One of the charges stemmed from Millard's September dismissal of an indictment involving sexual abuse of a child because of prosecutor's witness was late.

Five other counts dealt with Millard's actions in unrelated cases dating to 1990.

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