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Appeals Court Judges Hear Supreme Court Cases

Image of Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa L. SadlerImage of Twelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robin N. Piper III

From top: Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa L. Sadler and Twelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robin N. Piper III.

Image of Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa L. SadlerImage of Twelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robin N. Piper III

From top: Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa L. Sadler and Twelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robin N. Piper III.

Two appellate court judges served as visiting judges on the Ohio Supreme Court today and heard oral arguments in two separate cases.

  • Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa L. Sadler heard oral arguments in a Hamilton County case that involved the sealing of a criminal conviction. She sat in place of Justice Sharon L. Kennedy,who recused herself from Cincinnati Enquirer v. Honorable Robert H. Lyons (Case Nos. 2012-1924 and 2013-0300).
  • Twelfth District Court of Appeals Judge Robin N. Piper III heard oral arguments in a Franklin County criminal appeal. He sat in place of Justice Judith L. French,who recused herself from State v. Miranda (Case No. 2012-1741).

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

Since July 2003, Judge Sadler has served on the Franklin County appeals court. Previously, she served on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and the Franklin County Municipal Court. Her legal career also includes service as deputy chief legal counsel to former Gov. George Voinovich and as Columbus assistant city attorney. Judge Sadler earned her law degree in 1984 from Capital University Law School and was admitted to the Ohio bar that same year.

“I consider the appointment to serve as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio a great honor,” Judge Sadler said. “I look forward to hearing the case and addressing the compelling issues raised therein.”

The Tenth District Court of Appeals serves Franklin County and hears cases from county, municipal, and common pleas courts. In addition, the court hears original actions in habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, procedendo, and quo warranto. The court also hears appeals from the Ohio Court of Claims.

Judge Piper began serving on the Twelfth District Court of Appeals in February 2011. Previously, he was the Butler County prosecutor for more than 10 years and an assistant prosecutor for nearly 14 years before that. He also was the sole proprietor of a private general practice involving legal matters and litigation in all areas of the law. Judge Piper earned his law degree in 1982 from the University of Dayton School of Law and was admitted to the Ohio bar that same year.

“It is immensely rewarding to be an appellate judge in the Twelfth District, and it was a great experience participating in the work the Supreme Court does on behalf of all Ohioans resolving complex and important issues,” Judge Piper said.

The Twelfth District Court of Appeals serves Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Preble and Warren counties, and hears cases from county, municipal and common pleas courts as well as original actions in habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, procedendo and quo warranto.

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