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Judge Angela Stokes statement on recent allegations

Editorial Staff | 10/23/2013, 9:46 a.m.
Judge Angela Stokes

I have been a dedicated judge on the Cleveland Municipal Court for the last 18 years, having recently been re-elected by the voters of the City of Cleveland.

I have worked tirelessly over this period of time doing my very best to be fair and impartial to all those who have appeared in my courtroom.

While the recent Complaint filed before the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Ohio Supreme Court contains allegations concerning alleged abuse, I am most troubled by the assertion that I may be suffering from a mental illness which interferes in my ability to serve as a judge. I have never had mental health issues and will vigorously defend, in the appropriate forum, any suggestion along these lines.

Out of deference to the Ohio Supreme Court and the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, I prefer and full well intend to defend the charges brought against me at a hearing.

While the recent editorial of The Cleveland Plain Dealer cites Disciplinary Counsel’s Complaint against me as if it is fact; nothing could be farther from the truth. I am in the process of formulating my defense with the assistance of counsel, and will indeed provide evidence which places the allegations in context.

It is my hope that The Cleveland Plain Dealer will await a full airing of these charges before they request again that I step down. After all, justice so requires.