Although not officially announced by Governor DeWine, sources tell us that the vacancy in the 11th District Court of Appeals is to be filled by Mr. John Ecklund, former Ohio State Senator.
John J. Eklund is a former Republican member of the Ohio Senate for the 18th district. He was appointed in November 2011 to replace Tim Grendell, who was appointed as a judge in Geauga County. The selection committee considered thirteen candidates for the appointment. He is the Chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Eklund then went on to win the 2012 election for a full-term, winning with 54.7% of the vote. His district includes all of Portage County along with half of Lake County and most of Geauga County. [Wikipedia]
We keep recycling the same people, and handing appointments to party loyalists.
The Eleventh District Court of Appeals is one of twelve appellate districts in the state of Ohio. Our jurisdiction consists of Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull Counties. Article IV, section 3 of the Ohio Constitution provides the authority for this court to review appeals from Municipal and Common Pleas Courts as well as original actions in Habeas Corpus, Mandamus, Prohibition, Procedendo and Quo Warranto.
Habeas Corpus: a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.
Mandamus: a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.
Prohibition: is the act or practice of forbidding something by law.
Quo Warranto: a writ or legal action requiring a person to show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed, or exercised.