Hide caption The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear suspended lawyer Javier Armengau’s appeal of his 2014 conviction for sexually assaulting three women with connections to his legal practice.
The decision clears the way for Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French to schedule a hearing to reconsider his 13-year sentence.
French had delayed considering a new sentence for Armengau while waiting to see what the Supreme Court would do with the case. The county Court of Appeals had upheld the convictions, but found that the trial judge made an error in the sentencing by not merging some of the counts. The appeals court ordered the trial court to re-sentence him.
Armengau, in an email last week to Dispatch Courts Reporter John Futty, said he knew the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear his case. Hearing the case, he wrote from prison, would require the justices to deal with the facts and do something they didn’t want to do: rule in his favor.
“In other words, there was no way for them to accept my case for review and then decide against me on any issue,” he wrote.
Armengau noted that the Supreme Court justices include Patrick DeWine, whose father, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, […]