Hamilton County Judges

Three major court systems in Hamilton County were reviewed in depth, and case information from the Common Pleas, Domestic Relations, and Municipal Courts were reviewed. This study compiles information from 38 Judges who had a total of 182,908 cases presented to them over a three year period. This study shows the number of cases that were disposed, appealed, and reversed. This study is to aid in determining which judges have a greater proficiency trying cases and their verdicts stand as rendered, rather than the verdicts being appealed or reversed.

Each judges case load was reviewed and the statistics were determined by how many cases have been appealed, reversed or a conjunction of both. This information will help determine the judges who have made the least, as well as the most errors, while serving in the Hamilton County Court System over the three year period. This study will show that for all the disposed cases in the Hamilton County Court System during the 3 year evaluation period, the Common Pleas Court the probability of a case being appealed and reversed is 0. 1129 (11. 29%); Domestic Relations Courts probability of a case being appealed and reversed is 0. 1604 (16.04%);

Municipal Court probability of a case being appealed and reversed is 0. 2080(20. 80%). The probability of a case being appealed, per judge is: (P) indicating Probability Common Pleas Court Judges: (P) of Appeal per Judge (P) of Reversal per Judge (P) of Reversal given an Appeal, per Judge Fred Cartolano 0. 045110 0. 003951 0. 087591| Thomas Crush 0. 035291 0. 002966 0. 084034| Patrick Dinkelacker 0. 034976 0. 006359 0. 181818| Timothy Hogan 0. 030706 0. 003582 0. 116667| Robert Kraft 0. 040472 0. 002231 0. 055118| William Mathews 0. 040194 0. 007951 0. 197802| William Morrissey 0. 039908 0. 007256 0. 181818| Norbert Nadel 0. 044272 0.

006759 0. 152672| Arthur Ney Jr. 0. 038832 0. 004349 0. 112000| Richard Niehaus 0. 040859 0. 004772 0. 116788| Thomas Nurre 0. 040333 0. 002000 0. 049587| John O'Connor 0. 043449 0. 004042 0. 093023| Robert Ruehlman 0. 045242 0. 005616 0. 124138| J. Howard Sundermann Jr. 0. 062827 0. 010471 0. 166667| Ann Marie Tracey 0. 040433 0. 004139 0. 102362| Ralph Winkler 0. 028488 0. 001942 0. 068182| The probability of a case being appealed, per judge is: (P) indicating Probability Domestic Relations Court: (P) of Appeal per Judge (P) of Reversal per Judge (P) of Reversal given an Appeal, per Judge Penelope Cunningham 0. 002565 0. 000366 0.

142857| Patrick Dinkelacker 0. 003166 0. 000667 0. 210526| Deborah Gaines 0. 005455 0. 001023 0. 187500| Ronald Panioto 0. 002467 0. 000231 0. 093750| The probability of a case being appealed, per judge is: (P) indicating Probability Municipal Court: (P) of Appeal per Judge (P) of Reversal per Judge (P) of Reversal given an Appeal, per Judge Mike Allen| 0. 006993| 0. 000651| 0. 093023| Nadine Allen| 0. 004352| 0. 000768| 0. 176471| Timothy Black| 0. 005155| 0. 000754| 0. 146341| David Davis| 0. 005558| 0. 000646| 0. 116279| Leslie Isaiah Gaines| 0. 006626| 0. 002461| 0. 371429| Karla Grady| 0. 001142| 0. 000000| 0. 000000| Deidra Hair| 0.

001975| 0. 000000| 0. 000000| Dennis Helmick| 0. 003671| 0. 000633| 0. 172414| Timothy Hogan| 0. 005633| 0. 000867| 0. 153846| James Patrick Kenney| 0. 002144| 0. 000357| 0. 166667| Joseph Luebbers| 0. 005321| 0. 001703| 0. 320000| William Mallory| 0. 004591| 0. 001087| 0. 236842| Melba Marsh| 0. 004137| 0. 000852| 0. 205882| Beth Mattingly| 0. 004376| 0. 000337| 0. 076923| Albert Mestemaker| 0. 005628| 0. 001809| 0. 321429| Mark Painter| 0. 003126| 0. 001340| 0. 428571| Jack Rosen| 0. 005263| 0. 001669| 0. 317073| Mark Schweikert| 0. 006108| 0. 001110| 0. 181818| David Stockdale| 0. 004096| 0. 000745| 0. 181818| John A. West| 0. 001430| 0.

000715| 0. 500000| Division of Court| Total #of Cases | Total Cases Appealed| Total Cases Reversed| Probability of Appeal| Probability of Reversal| Common| 43945| 1762| 199| 0. 04009557| 0. 112939841| Domestic| 30499| 106| 17| 0. 00347552| 0. 160377358| Municipal| 108464| 500| 104| 0. 00460982| 0. 208| When a case is granted an appeal or overturned resulting in a reversal, it is often am indication that an error was made by the judge. Using the information in the tables above the judges from each court jurisdiction were ranked in order from least mistakes to the most mistakes as a result of an appeal being granted and a reversal in verdict.

The results are as follows: Common Pleas CourtRank (in terms of fewest mistakes) Fred Cartolano| 5| Thomas Crush| 4| Patrick Dinkelacker| 14| Timothy Hogan| 9| Robert Kraft| 2| William Mathews| 16| William Morrissey| 14| Norbert Nadel| 12| Arthur Ney Jr. | 8| Richard Niehaus| 10| Thomas Nurre| 1| John O'Connor| 6| Robert Ruehlman| 11| J. Howard Sundermann Jr. | 13| Ann Marie Tracey| 7| Ralph Winkler| 3| Domestic Relations Court Rank (in terms of fewest mistakes) Penelope Cunningham| 2| Patrick Dinkelacker| 4| Deborah Gaines| 3| Ronald Panioto| 1| Municipal Court Rank (in terms of fewest mistakes) Mike Allen| 4|.

Nadine Allen| 10| Timothy Black| 6| David Davis| 5| Leslie Isaiah Gaines| 18| Karla Grady| 1| Deidra Hair| 1| Dennis Helmick| 9| Timothy Hogan| 7| James Patrick Kenney| 8| Joseph Luebbers| 16| William Mallory| 14| Melba Marsh| 13| Beth Mattingly| 3| Albert Mestemaker| 17| Mark Painter| 19| Jack Rosen| 15| Mark Schweikert| 11| David Stockdale| 11| John A. West| 20| In the Common Pleas court, evidence suggests that Thomas Nurre has the lowest probability of a case that he oversees being given an appeal and reversed, and William Mathews has the highest probability in a case that he oversees being given an appeal and reversed.

In the Domestic Relations Court, evidence suggests that Ronald Panioto has the lowest probability of a case that he oversees being given an appeal and reversed, and Patrick Dinkelacker has the highest probability in a case that he oversees being given an appeal and reversed. In the Municipal Court, evidence suggests that Karla Grady and Deidre Hair have the lowest probability of a case that they oversee being given an appeal and reversed, and John A. West has the highest probability in a case that he oversees being given an appeal and reversed.

The purpose of this study was to inform the newspaper of the amount of times mistakes occurred in this judicial system, and inform them of which judges were having a high rate of their cases appealed or overturned; in turn this indicated which judges were making too many mistakes, and which judges were doing a satisfactory job. A high rate or percentage of ruling reversals due to errors can be detrimental in the justice system, by releasing criminals on technicalities, who otherwise would be imprisoned. In these three court systems alone, out of 182,908 cases, 2,368 were appealed and 320 of those cases resulted in reverse decisions.