Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Angela Stokes may be “suffering from a mental illness that substantially impairs her ability to perform her duties as a judicial officer,” according to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
A report recommends to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline that Stokes undergo a psychiatric examination.
The forty-nine-page report states that Stokes abuses court resources, lawyers, court staff, and defendants who appear before her.
The Plain Dealer has documented complaints about Stokes and written columns about her, including one that noted the Disciplinary Counsel was tracking her.
The report does not force Stokes to step down. It represents the first step in the Ohio Supreme Court‘s process of evaluating the judge for discipline. The Ohio Supreme Court is a long way from making a final decision on Stokes.