Ohio Supreme Court sanctioned David Pepper, listed him “Not in Good Standing”.

David Pepper - Columbus Dispatch photo
David Pepper – Columbus Dispatch photo
Recently we had the pleasure of watching Ed Fitzgerald’s campaign for governor implode, so badly, his top staffers cut and run. I’ve not yet witnessed such a colossal collapse. In the wake of the “Great Democratic Exodus,” Fitzgerald opted to divert what little money he had managed to raise to other candidates, and run a “grassroots” campaign. Good luck with that.

Then last week, the plot thickened and Ohio learned that the Democrat running for the job of top law officer in the state has his own problems with basic traffic law.

The AP and Columbus Dispatch reported that in recent years, David Pepper accumulated over 180 parking and traffic tickets in Cincinnati. The Enquirer reported that “he even once had his car towed from outside City Hall” due to the multitude of overdue fines. After receiving nearly 170 delinquency notices, Pepper has accumulated nearly $10,000 to-date.

To put this in perspective, in-state tuition for the 2014-15 academic year at Ohio State costs $10,037. David Pepper could have sent someone to college for the amount he’s paid in traffic fines.

Even 20 tickets is an asinine number for anyone, but 180+ is unbelievable. It’s simply stunning that someone running for the office of Attorney General would thumb his nose so blatantly at basic Ohio law.

But wait, there’s more.

While David Pepper has never prosecuted a single criminal case in his life and while there’s no evidence that he’s even argued a case in court, he still claims to be a lawyer. In Ohio, lawyers have to satisfy basic continuing legal education requirements every two years. This typically includes a requirement to attend a few classes in order to remain in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court.

Apparently, David Pepper was too busy ignoring traffic fines to bother following basic rules for maintaining good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Pepper did not fulfill some of his legal requirements, and as a result was sanctioned by the Ohio Supreme Court and had his status changed to “not in good standing” by the Ohio Supreme Court. You can see the court order here. Pepper is on page 6.

That’s right, he wants to be Attorney General, but has been sanctioned by the court and listed as “not in good standing”.

So Ed FitzGerald is running for governor, yet apparently drove unabated for a full decade without a valid drivers license. David Pepper is running to be Ohio’s top lawyer, yet he’s collected 180+ tickets, nearly 170 delinquency notices, accumulated enough in fines to pay off my student loans, and has been sanctioned by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Notice a common theme? Ohio Democrats: Above the Law.

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

11 thoughts on “Ohio Supreme Court sanctioned David Pepper, listed him “Not in Good Standing”.”

  1. Here in Cincinnati, Pepper’s campaign ads always used the slogan “Just Add Pepper.” Now, more than ever, I say “hold the Pepper.”

    In my opinion, it’s not just bad that FitzGerald and Pepper, with their blatant disregard for basic laws are major candidates, its that the FOP and the Ohio State Troopers Association endorsed them. I can understand their anger over SB5, but they should have abstained from endorsing anyone if that’s how they feel.

    1. I am still amazed at how incompetent the entire ORP including the leadership, both houses of the legislature, and the Governor was on the whole sordid SB5 and subsequent ballot amendment 2. Many sounder minds like Sen. Bill Sietz (SD8) tried to steer them to safer waters but like a bullhead Kasich persisted. The Governor even had some of those GOP senators opposed SB5 (in its final format) removed from various Senate subcommittees. It was the Governor’s way or the highway. Then when it failed in a tsunami with the voters it was everyone’s fault but his. But still i agree you the police and troopers are foolish to endorse those two clowns. But it is a measure of just how hapless the Ohio republican party is.

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