Bedford Judge Disqualified Pending Outcome of Felony Indictment
The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order today that Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry J. Jacob III is disqualified from acting as a judge because of his felony indictment.
Judge Jacob was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for one third-degree felony count of bribery, three fourth-degree felony counts of promoting prostitution, six third-degree misdemeanor counts of soliciting, and one second-degree misdemeanor count of dereliction of duty.
Gov.Jud.R. III (6)(A) of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Judiciary in Ohio states: “A Justice or judge is disqualified from acting as a Justice or judge while there is pending an indictment or an information charging the Justice or judge with a crime punishable as a felony under state or federal law.”
In the order signed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, it notes that “it is further ordered that he shall remain disqualified while any and all indictments filed in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas are pending and until further order of this court.”
Copies of the order were sent to Judge Jacob, the other sitting judge of the Bedford Municipal Court, the court’s administrator who also serves as its clerk, and the city’s fiscal officer.Access Section III (Disability Retirement, Removal, or Suspension of Judges) of the rules.