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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) –

At a hearing at the Ohio Supreme Courtin Columbus on Thursday, Judge Angela Stokes agreed to retire and never run for the bench again. It was the beginning of the end for a case that cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

It was contentious with her attorney’s attempting to block news coverage of the hearing, which was open to the public. The request was denied, since the proceedings were already on the record.

“Judge Stokes would retire from her position with the Cleveland Municipal Court,” disciplinary counsel attorney Joseph Caligiuri read from a statement signed by both sides, with the exception of Stokes.

Stokes will sign once agreeing upon a few minor details.

It is an offer that came with conditions. Some charges were dismissed.

The agreements are part of a months long negotiation between the two sides, the state dismissing some counts in return for her stepping down. Others were left to the panel.

 

READ MORE: Cleveland19.com

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