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Why Did Betty Montgomery Fire Eric Brown from the AG’s Office?

April 15, 2010 at 11:53 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

From The Dispatch’s harsh editorial about Gov. Strickland’s appointment to the Ohio Supreme Court:

Strickland called Brown “uniquely qualified” for the role – high praise for someone who has yet to complete a full term as a judge, either on the Probate Court or when he served before in the General Division of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

In fact, when he ran for the Probate Court in 2008, his opponent, incumbent Probate Judge Lawrence A. Belskis, charged that Brown was seeking the Probate seat only so that he could use it to run from cover in a 2010 bid for the Supreme Court. Brown denied this and vowed that he was committed to being a Probate judge and intended to serve his full term. Soon after, he reneged on that promise.

And some parts of Brown’s resume simply are opaque. In 2002, Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery notified Brown that she intended to fire him from his post in her office for reasons that never have been made public. He negotiated a departure under circumstances that remain unexplained.[...]

This is the position of chief justice. It has been vacated after being held for nearly 24 years by a man widely revered for his integrity, professionalism and his concern for the court’s reputation. And he died unexpectedly less than two weeks ago, leaving his colleagues and other Ohioans who knew him stunned and grieving.

The governor had an opportunity to honor that legacy and rise above partisanship in filling this vital judicial post. He chose to do otherwise.

All Eric would have to do is sign a wavier to allow full disclosure for his lack of performance in the AG’s office. And he needs to clear this up quickly, or the lack of transparency and information leaks over time will harm his campaign over a prolonged period of time.

In fact, I believe I already have the story but am working on confirming it. In the  mean time, if you have details about Eric Brown’s work in the AG’s office please email me at . All tips will remain anonymous. thank you

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