On Thursday, June 13, 2024, Judge L.A. Lombardi of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas is facing a complaint in an original action in procedendo filed with the Ohio Supreme Court.

According to the complaint filed by inmate Jackie N. Robinson, Judge Lombardi has failed to issue a final appealable order in Robinson’s 1976 burglary case. Robinson claims there are errors on the face of the sentencing journal entry issued by Judge Lombardi, including failing to follow proper procedures outlined in Criminal Rule 32(C) and issuing a sentence that did not match the crime Robinson pled guilty to.

Robinson pled guilty in 1976 to burglary, a felony of the first degree under Ohio Revised Code Section 2911.11. However, the sentencing journal entry issued by Judge Lombardi lists the crime as burglary under Section 2911.12, a lesser felony. Robinson also argues Judge Lombardi did not make any findings of fact or conclusions of law in the journal entry as required.

Further complicating the case is that two other judges, Tom D. Stahl and Evan J. Reed, made rulings in Robinson’s case without proper authority or jurisdiction. Judge Stahl issued the sentence for Judge Lombardi without observing witnesses or making necessary findings. Judge Reed allowed Robinson to plead guilty to robbery, which he was not indicted for.

Robinson is seeking to have the Ohio Supreme Court compel Judge Lombardi to issue a final appealable order with the proper sentence under statute and in compliance with criminal rules. He argues he has been denied his right to access the courts due to the errors on the record.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.