The Ohio Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno for comments Salerno made from the bench to a criminal jury in 2013.
After a criminal jury trial in which the jury found the defendant not guilty, Salerno remained in the courtroom with impaneled jurors and other pool jurors in the public gallery. She told the jurors that they had reached the wrong verdict, and also revealed that the defendant had other criminal charges pending against him—information that had been excluded from evidence.
After the Ohio State Bar Association charged her with two violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct, Salerno stipulated that her conduct violated code provisions requiring judges to act at all times to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, and prohibiting a judge from criticizing jurors for their verdict (other than in a court order or opinion). She also stipulated that at public reprimand was the appropriate sanction.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Salerno said in a statement released to the press, “I publicly acknowledge my mistake and have apologized for what was said. . . .I have learned from this experience and it will never happen again.”