Long-Time Meigs County Judge Steps Down

By
Bethany Venable

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Updated Tue, Nov 8, 2011 1:22 pm

A longtime Meigs County judge has resigned his position.

Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle confirmed today that Meigs County Common Pleas Court Judge Fred Crow notified commissioners of his decision late Friday.

Ihle said he did not speak directly with Crow about the resignation and does not know what prompted the decision.  In his resignation letter to Governor John Kasich, Crow cites health reasons as his reason to resign.

Ohio Supreme Court spokesman Brett Crow says Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor has assigned a retired Franklin County judge and a sitting Gallia County judge to fill in for Crow on a temporary basis.  Supreme Court certificates of assignment also list a third judge from Licking County will preside over one case.   

Crow has had judges filling in for him frequently due to illness.

Johnathan Coughlan, Ohio Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel, says he cannot confirm or deny if Crow is the subject of any investigation, citing Rule 5 of the Rules for the Government of the Bar, which makes investigations for lawyers and judges private.

Judge Crow is not in his office today and could not be reached for comment.  A court administrative associate said she did not know if he would return tomorrow.

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