Tim Grendell has a reputation. And that’s not a compliment. Recently, Grendell has found himself back in the news, this time for abusing his powers because his feelings got hurt. Grendell is now on record at least twice for threatening to incarcerate two people who challenged him.
In 2010, then Senator Grendell had two remaining years left in his position before being termed out. He ran and won a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. But, in a defiant move, Grendell refused to accept his seat in the House. Sources said that Grendell’s decision was based upon his failed attempt to get his wife Diane appointed to the remainder of his term in the Senate.
December 10, 2010, the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution charging that Grendell’s actions were “an attempt to ‘game’ our elections system.”
Several months later, following the death of Juvenile and Probate Judge Charles “Chip” Henry, Grendell was appointed to the bench in Geauga County by Governor Kasich. Voters have since returned Grendell to the bench twice.
Since then, Grendell has made decisions and appointments which have raised more than a few eyebrows. In October 2014, Grendell, threatened to jail Geauga County Auditor Frank Gliha for not paying for newspapers ads in six local newspapers. The ads were titled, “Observations from the Bench of Judge Tim Grendell.” His attempts to bully the Auditor were successful.
“I had to pay it out of whatever fund he ordered me to pay it out of,” Gliha said. “He just wanted it paid and he wanted it paid right away.”
The Geauga County Auditor’s Office is audited by the state every year, Gliha said. He expects state auditors to come to Geauga in January 2015. If there is anything irregular, the auditors may be interested.
“I’m sure the state auditors will take a look, if someone asks them to,” he said.
Grendell also has caused some issues with his choice of appointment to the Parks Board. The Plain Dealer said his decisions were “disruptive” to the Board. Grendell also appointed Geauga County Democratic Chairwoman Janet Carson to the Portage-Geauga Detention Center Board of Trustees. This was last year before his re-election. Conveniently, Grendell was not challenged by a Democrat in November.
Grendell now finds himself back in the news for what appears to be an abuse of power. He got his hands on an email from a third party that mentions Geauga County Republican Chairwoman Nancy McArthur saying something negative about the judge.
“I am sorry I filed that petition. It is one of the WORST mistakes I have ever made in my life. I had no idea what [sic] flake Judge Grendell is. Confidentially, I talked with the chairman of the Geauga County Republican Party and she told me that Kasich appointed him [Grendell] to replace Henry in order to get him out of Columbus. She said her opinion of him and that of others in his own party is that he is [sic] narcissist and mentally ill. Also, that he is a chameleon who takes revenge on people who disagree with him. I can forward you the emails because she put it in writing.”
Rather than laugh it off or ignore it, as people without ego and abuse issues do, Grendell subpoenaed McArthur, even though she had nothing to do with the case and the email wasn’t hers. He informed her that if she was found in contempt that she would be incarcerated. McArthur’s attorney’s request for a continuance was met with a denial from Grendell.
After being challenged in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Grendell further put his arrogance on display by sending a letter to the editor in which he states there are limits to the First Amendment.
According to Grendell, the First Amendment prohibits bruising the enormous ego of a certain bully Judge in Geauga County.
Grendell equates someone having a personal opinion, or in this case hearsay of a personal opinion, to yelling fire in a movie theater. That analogy is not only grossly insulting but was overused fifty years ago. Grendell has publicly displayed that he has no regard for the 1st Amendment and is willing to use the powers of his bench to harass people.
In addition, Grendell is trying to get Appellate Judge Colleen O’Toole to recuse herself in McArthur’s challenge to his show cause motion. Grendell’s wife Diane, who also is an appellate judge, is helping with outing O’Toole.
“Judge O’Toole further said that she cannot recuse herself because Nancy McArthur would ‘grieve’ her and that my husband, Judge Timothy Grendell, should file a motion to recuse her (Judge O’Toole).” – Diane Grendell
It is imperative to the citizens of Geauga County that the Supreme Court looks into the abuses of Tim Grendell. It is the responsibility of the Justices to police judicial actions and Grendell’s certainly warrants that.