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    Posted: Sep 05 2017 at 1:54pm
Here are a couple of things to consider during this November's election for Middletown Municipal Judge:

Perhaps you've seen some signs around town for one of the candidates, Elizabeth Yauch?  Well, these signs have been placed well over SIXTY DAYS prior to election day, November 7!  There is a Middletown municipal ordinance that FORBIDS campaign signs prior to THIRTY DAYS prior to the election.

Whether this woman is ignorant of our city ordinances or just chooses to flagrantly violate one of them, is that the type of person that you want judging YOU when YOU get hauled into court for violating a city ordinance?

Why aren't City employees removing these illegal signs as they have in the past with both legal and illegal signs of the administration's non-preferred candidates
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Not to worry Richard. All we need to do is consult our esteemed Law DIErector, Leslie Landen. He has made critical calls like this in the past as to the interpretation of the city laws.

As in the past, it will depend on how Les sees it. On occasion, he has actually used the laws on the books while at other times, he has ruled in favor of the given situation which may or may not contradict city law. At times, his ruling appears to be at the convenience of the situation.

I'm sure, if old Les is approached, he will take at least 30 days for a legal call which will put the judge candidates signs in compliance and it will no longer be an issue.   

Remember, as in the past, if the message/candidate for any sign is anti-city, it will be removed post haste. If the message/candidate is pro-city sanctioned, there are no time limits as to it's lifespan. Hey, it's city hall non-biased thinking at it's finest.
I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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The Ohio and US Supreme Courts have found it is unconstitutional to limit free speech when it comes to political signs. That is why no one is enforcing the election sign law in the Middletown Ordinances.   Do you recall last year when there were Trump and Clinton signs up from March until December? That is why they were allowed to remain up for such a long period of time.
So, I would prefer a judge that knows the laws and knows what is constitutional and what is not. That is why I am voting for Beth Yauch for Middletown Municipal Court Judge.

Here are the decisions: https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2000/2000-ohio-488.pdf
http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/17383
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 We might want to investigate whether the city ordinance concerning election sign law continued to be applied after the Ohio and Supreme Courts ruling in 2000. I know of some candidates in city races (after 2000) for council and mayor whose signs (which were in compliance) were confiscated wherever they were found all over town. That confiscation was selectively applied to opponents of choice. This is not only dirty politics, it may have had a direct influence on the outcome of the election.

Of the several lawyers we have in city hall including City Manager Doug Adkins, Law Director Les Landen and Councilman Picard, surely someone was aware of the conflicting city ordinance. Or did they know? Or did they care?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing" Edmond Burke
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