Judge who scolded jurors over 'wrong' verdict gets reprimand

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Posted: Mar 11, 2015 7:06 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says a judge shouldn't have scolded jurors for issuing a verdict she believed to be wrong.

The court concluded Wednesday in a public reprimand that Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno violated a rule requiring judges to behave in ways to promote the judiciary's integrity and impartiality. It says she also violated a rule barring judges from commenting on jury verdicts except in court orders or opinions.

Jurors in Salerno's courtroom issued a not-guilty verdict in 2013 in a misdemeanor assault case. Several jurors complained to the court about how Salerno told them they "got this wrong."

Salerno says she deserves the reprimand and regrets the comments. She says she's learned from the mistake.