Weisenburger talks 'change in role'

Norwalk Municipal Court judge discusses annual report.
Cary Ashby
May 24, 2014

Norwalk Municipal Court Judge Eric Weisenburger noticed some adjustments as he made the transition from attorney to judge.

"It definitely took a few weeks to settle in. I had a pretty good handle on the routine from being in court for so long," he said.

Weisenburger has served as judge since May 31. Gov. John Kasich appointed him to replace retired Judge John Ridge. In November, Weisenburger a Republican, won the election against Democratic challenger and local attorney T. Douglas Clifford.

"The biggest adjustment was the change in role," Weisenburger said.

"As a judge, you don't have to prove anything. It's a fundamental difference from being an attorney. An attorney has to prove certain things or disprove certain things. A judge needs to determine whether the evidence reaches a certain level of proof. It is a fundamental difference; that has been the biggest adjustment," he explained.

Weisenburger credits the court staff with the being one of the secrets to the success of his transition of going from attorney to judge.

"They have been very helpful throughout the first several months and are a hard working bunch. They've helped with the transition certainly," he said.

Being a judge wasn't one of Weisenburger's career goals when he first started practicing law. But that slowly changed.

"As with most attorneys in private practice, the prospect of being a judge is appealing," he said.

Weisenburger's face lit up when he was asked if he sees himself retiring as a judge.

"I hope so," he said with a big smile. "I'm certainly very happy with where I am and I am pleased to be where I am."

The judge also discussed the court's annual report. There were 417 felony cases filed in 2013 compared to 339 the previous year -- a 23-percent increase.

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Comments

KURTje

Judge we the people hope that justice will be meted out fair & impartial.

Lawyerintraining

Personally.... my opinion I hope he doesn't get to comfy...not a total Ridge fan I just think they should have a time limit... Because they do get to comfy...guess all we can do is wait to see if he's challenged next election...just my opinion and @kURTje very well said!!!!

KURTje

Thanks for noticing. My friends & I had issues with Ridge' s attitude & performance. As 1 from the jury pool the judge had a hostile attitude towards the pool. Also when a verdict was rendered by the jurors, Ridge stated that his opinion was different than what the people had decided upon on. So? The people spoke. Not one man. Then there was his retirement......

Lawyerintraining

@kURTje....I have no idea how Ridge made it that far that long...not like he listened to anything while he doodled on the file...I can say Wisenburger at least is taking notes..Ridge didn't need to takes notes as you stated his way was the only way regardless of facts...again my opinion...still don't want any now keeping the seat to warm...

swiss family

what???? say it is not so??? people were disgruntled with his HONOR Judge Ridge???(otherwise referred to as "His Deity" as no one near him or anywhere within his presence compared to his vast greatness or power...I have to say that he is the very first Judge that I have ever seen or heard of that had no problem overturning another Judges ruling..Even Judge Judy, (and I know that it is a television show) but she is an actually Judge and has spent far more years in the legal system than Judge Ridge could ever dream of, even she will not overturn another Judges ruling... and laugh if you will but she makes MILLIONS a year.. and Judge Ridge, even on his best days with his double dipping doesn't come anywhere near that...and she makes sure that you hear every word she says... not the fast talking and mumbling that his Highness the Honorable Judge Ridge's impersonation of Charlie Brown's teacher is heard from time to time...Enjoy your retirement your Highness.. I know we all are..in my opinion

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Swissey where do you get your facts; Judge Ridge was a municipal court judge, that position does not overturn other judges rulings, that is the responsibility of appeals courts. As for Judge Judy, she was a political appointee to the bench in 1982 and retired from family court in 1996, a total of 14 years, Judge Ridge served 24 plus years. Judge Judy was a family court judge and again would not have the authority to overturn another judges rulings, if she acted the way she does for her reality TV show in an actual court, her behavior would certainly draw appeals and or censor from the state supreme court on a regular basis. Its a scripted TV show. It always amazes me with you total lack of knowledge and understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system. As for the other blogger who peaked in his early 20's, many times a trial judge disagrees with the jury's decision, and does have the authority to set aside their verdict, if the judge decides that the weight of evidence does not concur with the verdict. Juries sometimes disregard the law and allows personal views and bias to render their decisions and at that time the judge has a duty to consider siting aside their verdict. To my knowledge Judge Ridge seldom if ever choose to do that. I have been in numerous municipal and common pleas courts in the last 40 years and found Judge Ridge one of the most professional, respected by his peers and fair judges I have observed from my personal experience.

KURTje

Nice to see you notice also. Peaked? Hardly. Just active in my community. Had Boose taking notice of facts also. Along with the Sheriff. Make our public servants work for US. We are America & they work for US. Its that E-Z. The rules apply equally to all - not some.

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Always like the "legal" experts who's experience is limited to asking lawyers, do you want that super sized or yes your honor I understand my plea.... By the way thank you for your service and hopefully you haven't peaked...

swiss family

"Now The Rest Of...... you must not have been paying too much attention when Judge Ridge was the seated Judge here in town, and by your blind admiration of his every breath and body function, I think I can understand why.

If you were to go back through some of Judge Ridge's cases, especial in his final years, you would find several cases where there were OUT OF TOWN driving violations, such as OVI's in another city completely, where the plaintiff had to appear in a court in front of another judge entirely and deal with the FACTS and was given driving privileges for specific reasons such as family, and medical,and onj the very top page on the very top line of the paper and the decree says "THE STATE OF OHIO>>>>>>THE CITY OF LORAIN" even making the plaintiff ask if that meant if these driving were allowed anywhere in OHIO, of which the JUDGE said "OF COURSE....so then flash forward to the totally inappropriate connection to a sick and revengeful connection between hateful family members and his royal Supreme god Judge Ridge, and being tracked down for driving to a Medical appointment and going to a Drug store to get medical supplies, only to be pulled over, and have my car impounded, and forced to walk home....and tags removed... I showed the arresting officer my orders I had about driving for Medical in the state of OHIO, but it did not matter, I was told to tell it to the Judge... I had to go to court, and His royal deity Judge Ridge could not believe when I pulled out my paper that I had saying I had permission to drive in OHIO... and he said.. and I will quote his words of wisdom...."NOT IN MY TOWN YOU DON"T" so please tell me how I can have a paper from another judge telling me I have permission to drive everywhere in OHIO, except in NORWALK??? Just because his Holiness says so... and if you want to talk about his "Holiness" don't even get me started... I could tell you plenty.. SO my point is that NO JUDGE will overturn another judges ruling, unless they are all full of themselves.. and Judge Ridge if the crown fits........So relax, retire, and reflect on how many lives you intentionally screwed up, just because you had the power to do so... I guess that makes you a powerful troll, but one with little to no respect in my opinion

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So much ranting so little facts, if can understanding your ramblings, the violator who was convicted of OMVI was then charged with driving outside his privileges and offered a lame excuse somehow trying to justify their violation and you somehow hearing only their version 2nd or 3rd hand, try to somehow in your little mind find fault with Judge Ridge upholding the law. Time to call the nurse, ask for your afternoon pudding cup with the crushed meds and take your afternoon rest, clearly your dosage should be increased.

swiss family

so sorry...THE REST OF... but these are all facts... Please go back and investigate what took place not just in my case, but look at the other people on here besides me who seemed to feel that they were "screwed" by his Highnass" I hope he crawls back under the slimy rock he crawled he came out from under.. and trust me, you only see what you want to see, you mcertainly do not see the truth, unless we are all off our meds and need more pudding and ice cream or whatever childish thing you said...Don't get me wrong.. I know who and how John is outside of his job, and he can be a fun guy, but you get the combination of him , after years and years of being so burned out that he mumbles and hurries through mthe opening speech to calling names up and never making eye contact, and mumbling until you don't even know what happened or if you are done, or if he just overturned what a Lorain Judge put in place and if he did How and Why???except for the friends connection to the case that he should have bowed out of the case anyway....totally unethical if you ask me..then throw in evil Arch-angle ONeal...and they were creating their ,own laws.. it was like Hazard County... check and see how many complaints were filed against Ridge with the state Bar during his final years... that should tell you something

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Finally after shifting through your mindless rants, the truth finally come outs, your are one of our frequent flyers in the criminal justice system, what was your license suspended for being a drunk? These alleged complaints against Judge Ridge, how many were upheld? Its nice that they let your have internet access in the asylum or is it your privately owned jail.

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Swissey, time to put up or shut up, what is your case number in Norwalk Municipal Court, it will be a public record including the police report and facts of the case. If in fact what you are saying is factual this is your opportunity to prove it. If your were innocent of the charge why not hire an attorney and go to trial?

KURTje

You must live in a small world. My big thing was a speeding ticket (not this county). If you are a lawyer you've got a double chin.....

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What does your speeding ticket (not this county) have to do this this subject? Not a lawyer or double chin, and didn't peak at 20...

swiss family

Keith, everyone wants to only see the good in what their brother does.. but thrust me, if you leave the family circle.. and tale to the "real people" there are plenty of stories that are not too flattering about your HONOR.... we all have weaknesses and flaws... but we don't then throw on a robe and pretend to be and act like God...

Cliff Cannon

@ swiss family : Who is " Keith " ? Please don't tell me your " Outing ", another blogger are you ? Thought, from many prior comments, that you despise those who have ' outed " you ?

Speaking for no one, but myself. Your 'outing' of folks, whenever you find it convenient. Coupled with your frequent whining about being " outed " personally. Make's it extremely hard for me to " but thrust me " ( quoting you here) when you write.Which makes me wonder : Who would 'thrust' you ?


After all, correct me if I am wrong " thrust " or " trust " if one prefers to express it that way, is earned by actions,rather than contradictory, inflammatory, hurtful words, written anonymously on a computer by a hateful,spiteful writer, true ? Thought so.

swiss family

CliffORD... yes you are WRONG... I doubt that I wrote "Thrust instead of Trust... but you being all knowing and all personable... have probably found a way to change my posts to say and to be spelled with all the mistakes you choose.. and if that is what mnakes you happy... be petty... You ask who is Keith.. Keith is a name I threw out there..if you would have noticed there were times when I threw out the name "Dorothy" and I think even Rachael and Rick if I am not mistaken... they do not mean anything..In this particular case yes I do happen to know that his Holiness and Royal Highnass Judge Ridge has a Brother Keith.. I highly doubt that the person that has been corresponding with me is that brother.. and so just for irony ( you might want to look that up)I threw that name out there so he/she could respond "I am not who you think I am....and life goes on.. I really do not care one little bit who I am talking to or about, because unlike you CliffORD...I will say what I think and what I believe... I don't care if it hurts your feelings or not..you, on the other hand will not give an honest opinion on so many topics, because ..." lets see.. I was on this baseball team with him and he is calling the shots now so if I say I don't like the way it is being run, he will be mad... so "NO COMMENT"...oh he went to the same school I went to .. and now he works here or there so I can't offend them... again no comment.. where it should say.. "no backbone"... you are a sniveling coward who kisses everyone's butt... and thinks the sun rises and sets on you and thinks that someone should be writing down your every thought and idea and sentence, because someday they will be treasures....keep dreaming butt...and stop asking me to be your friend on Facebook.. I have said no about 30 times and I am not going to change my mind... I only friend people I like and respect, and you don't qualify on either count..OH and Joe is getting attacked on the story about the middle school kids thinking there is too many bad stories in the Reflector... you should go help a brother... I am sure he is feeling bad with everyone yelling at him and telling him that he was wrong... I am sure he would love to hear from you.. I mean no one has a bigger line of BS than you do.. and can kiss someones behind, especially someone who you think can in some way benefit you, you need to take a really long hard look in your mirror Mr Christian man.... are you the best you can be??? really?? re- read your comment again to me.. a couple of times and ask yourself that???????hey after you kiss Joes Butt again can you see if you can write an editorial each week in the paper??? please with a picture...Please??????

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The mindless rants from the CONVICTED one keeps rolling, you really need to seek professional counseling. It appears you get these names from the voices you must hear from your multiple personalities...

luvblues2

Judge Judy? Really? Why not quote Dr. Phil, Arsenio Hall, Colbert, or Monty Python?

YGBFSM.

swiss family

olollolololololoolololol.......OH... van Luv.. can I buy a Vowel?????lolololol