CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's official: Angela Stokes has resigned from the bench. Stokes was facing disciplinary charges for her courtroom behavior.
At a December hearing in Columbus, Stokes agreed to resign from the bench and never run again. She will also have to reapply for her law license. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel that heard evidence against her approved the deal.
The agreement reached is part of a months-long negotiation. The state dismissed some counts against Stokes in return for her stepping down.
Gov. John Kasich will appoint a successor.
The former Cuyahoga County Municipal Court judge's legal battle lasted more than a year and cost taxpayers more than $1 million. No new legal bills have been submitted since October, but intense negotiations aimed at finding a resolution are sure to boost the total significantly.
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