On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, David E. Feathers filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Ohio against judges involved in his probation violation cases from Portage County.

Feathers, who is currently incarcerated at Grafton Correctional Institution, alleges egregious misconduct and fraud related to his cases from 2004 and 2016. At issue are probation sentences issued by Judge Laurie J. Pittman of the Portage County Court of Common Pleas that Feathers argues were not compliant with Ohio statutes. He took issue with sentencing entries from 2017 and 2019 related to violations of his probation terms.

The complaint names Judges Thomas A. Wright, Cynthia Westcot Rice, Mary Jane Trapp, Matt Lynch, John J. Eklund, and Eugene A. Lucci of the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals as respondents. Feathers argued the appellate judges lacked jurisdiction to rule on his cases due to issues with the underlying sentencing entries from the trial court.

Specifically, Feathers alleged an original sentencing entry from May 2017 documenting concurrent probation terms for his two cases was replaced with a “bogus entry.” He says this eliminated proper judicial review of the trial court’s unauthorized probation sentences. Sentencing entries from October 2019 relating to probation revocations also omitted details of prior proceedings, according to Feathers.

Feathers asserted the appellate court judges mishandled his appeals by accepting jurisdiction despite a lack of authority. He claimed they disregarded arguments about the replaced May 2017 entry and incorrectly assigned multiple case numbers at the appellate level. Overall, Feathers argued the actions of the judges constituted egregious misconduct, fraud, and denied him due process.

As relief, Feathers sought writs of prohibition, mandamus, and procedendo to compel the appellate judges to vacate their rulings and properly address apparent issues in the underlying trial court entries regarding his probation sentences and revocations.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.