A campaign-related disagreement between a pair of Summit County judges is continuing in the Ohio Supreme Court.
A panel previously ruled in favor of Judge Alison McCarty's complaint that Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer broke the rules by benefiting from a fundraiser that ranked people according to their level of sponsorship. Local Democrats staged the event for Stormer and allowed people to offer sponsorship at various tiers. Those donors received recognition.
The ruling noted from the Code of Judicial Conduct: "A judicial candidate shall not participate in or receive campaign contributions from a judicial fundraising event that categorizes or identifies participants by the amount of the contribution made to the event."
Now, Judge Stormer has filed notice of appeal saying, in part, that the rule is vague and it was not proven that she even violated it.
Stormer was ordered to pay nearly $6,000 for half of McCarty's attorney's fees, plus $2,806 in fines and court costs.