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Domitrovich Attorney Fires Back

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Len Ambrose, the attorney for Judge Stephanie Domitrovich met with reporter Paul Wagner for the first on-camera comments since Domitrovich was charged with six ethics violations.

The charges basically stem from the treatment defendants, attorneys and staff members received from the Judge both on and off the bench.

Ambrose telling Wagner that the complaints didn't rise to the level of ethics violations, because often a judge has to be short or direct with people to move proceedings forward.

He has also pointed to Domitrovich's long record. She first went on the Erie County Common Pleas bench in 1989 and was retained by voters for a ten year term in 1999 and again in 2009.

The Judicial Review Board has petitioned the Court of Judicial Discipline to have Domitrovich suspended from the bench either with or without pay until the charges can be decided.

That court will petition witnesses from Erie County, which could include other judges but can hold the proceedings in a city of its choosing, meaning the judges can come to Erie or can subpoena witnesses to go elsewhere.

There is no timetable on a hearing and no word when the court will rule on the suspension request. If Domitrovich is removed from the bench other current judges and perhaps a senior judge will pick up the caseload.

Look for more tonight beginning with Paul's report on WICU TV12 at 5pm and SEE News at Six.

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