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#1 Jan 14, 2014
Akron Judge Found in State of "Undress" With Public Defender in Backseat of Parked Car, Denies Relationship (Updated)
Posted by Kyle Swenson on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield
Update II: A jury Thursday found public defender Catherine Loya guilty on a misdemeanor charge of having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
But that's not what the fun part of this case was. You remember, right? Oldfield was caught in the back of a car with Judge Joy Malek Oldfield engaging in some backseat lovin'. A cop discovered them, and his report became the basis for a salacious little scandal.
Well, Patrolman Thomas Ballinger testified during the one-day trial, and he went into salacious detail, which is all the jury needed.(And probably wanted.)
Via the ABJ:
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield was in the back seat of a small SUV parked outside a Ridgewood Road strip mall at 1:45 a.m.
Ballinger said that as he walked closer to the vehicle, the women moved with haste.
“I looked in the car and [Oldfield], the person I observed with her legs bent and laying with her back against the back seat, pulled her pants up from mid thigh and pulled down her blouse,” Ballinger told jurors.
He determined the car occupants were “parkers,” a phrase police use for people who stop to park and talk or make out, he said. He then maneuvered his car and turned his spotlight on the vehicle and saw a head-popping motion, the judge fixing her clothes and both women moving to the front.
Update: Copley police have released a report on the arresting officer's account of the night he arrested a public defender on DUI charges after he found her and an Akron judge inebriated and in a "state of undress" in the backseat of a car.
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield's lawyer had contended the officer's report was fabricated and "politically motivated." Oldfield denied anything hinky was going on. The Copley report suggests otherwise.
Police Chief Michael Mier's report concludes the arresting officer detailed the incident accurately, and from his arrival on scene, made mention of the sexual nature of what he was seeing. Mier even released text messages sent between officers in Copley as corroborating evidence. They are as hilarious as you would guess.
Via the ABJ:
As other officers were responding, Ballinger texted “LMAO,” a common text abbreviation for “laughing my [expletive] off.”
“I just didn’t want you to fly down here,” he added.“2 females.… Not nice what I saw.”
Other officers then joined in the messaging. One wrote:“ohhhhhh eww” and “im sure those folks were just ‘talking.’ ”
“geeze, that’s disgusting,” another officer messaged.“I don’t even want to know … I thought somethin was up,[Ballinger] sounded odd lol.’’
“Yup, he usually doesn’t mess around on the radio. I figured it would be weirdness.”
A second officer, Patrolman Darrel Garner, arrived minutes later. His report stated that Ballinger said the women were “involved in a sexual encounter.”
Down in Akron, a story is heating up over what might or might not have
#2 Jan 14, 2014
Down in Akron, a story is heating up over what might or might not have gone on one evening in early February when a newly appointed city judge was found by police inside the car of a lawyer assigned to her chambers.
The Akron Beacon Journal has a good, detailed rundown of situation. All that's been firmly nailed down so far is that Public Defender Catherine Loya was charged with a drinking-and-driving related offense. But a Copley police report says when the driver's car was approached by police in the early hours of February 5, Loya and Judge Joy Malek Oldfield were “in a state of undress in the back seat,” to quote the paper's diplomatic account. Oldfield straight-up denies there was any inappropriate relations.
Oldfield just took the bench in January. The paper reports Loya represented indigent defendants in the courtroom. By all accounts, the two were at an event, after which Oldfield asked for a ride home.
According to a report, an officer found Loya and Oldfield in a parked car stopped in a strip mall about 1:45 a.m. The officer said as he approached the Toyota, he “observed a female’s head raise up from the back seat and look out the back window.”
He then saw “two female subjects placing their clothing items on and then exit the back seat and move to the front seats.’’ The officer said he smelled alcohol coming from the car when he talked to the women.
Oldfield, 36, identified herself as a judge and said it was she who had been drinking. Loya, however, was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
The married judge didn't talk for the Beacon Journal story, but her attorney John Hill did. The police report is incorrect, he says.“Any suggestion, gossip, about an extramarital affair, not only with this woman, but with anyone, is completely false,” he told the paper.
Copley's police chief, however, says the report accurately reflects the situation. He also adds that the officer initially tried to keep Oldfield's name out of the paperwork because she wasn't cited. Important fact here: it looks like the 30-year-old Loya didn't blow or give a blood sample, so there's no smoking- gun BAC. She did lose her driving privileges, and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Oldfield continues to sit on the bench, and until she resigned this week, Loya was still working cases in the courtroom. The judge even gave the license-less attorney rides to work, according to the paper.
Tags: Catherine Loya, Joy Malek Oldfield, Akron, Copley
#3 Jan 14, 2014
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Wow! Someone is a closet switch hitter!!!
One would think they'd have more sense being public servants and all...
Posted by cbrbart on 02/21/2012 at 3:44 PM
Sure nothing happened, that's why she pleaded guilty when there was no physical evidence (i.e BAC, breathalizer...even a roadside test) of DUI.
Posted by Janet Cieslak on 02/21/2012 at 4:00 PM
This is wrong on so many levels.... Judge Joy Oldfield is married with two children and Catherine Loya was the Public Defender assigned to Judge Oldfield's Court. It is beyond unethical and for sure is immoral!
Judges are suppose to have some boundaries and are legal held to Judicial Cannons through the Ohio Supreme Court!
If the Judge wasn't married and Catherine wasn't the Public Defender assigned to her Court nobody would care that they wanted to get their freak on!! But, that isn't the case. I feel bad for Judge Oldfield's Husband and 2 young children - they are the innocent victims in this situation!
Posted by Kristi on 02/22/2012 at 5:39 PM
Boy! Catherine Loya has a thing for bringing down powerful/sucessful/married woman.
When she was a Prosecutor at Juvenile Court she has an extra marital affair with Magistrate Maria Kostoff. She just so happened to be the Prosecutor assigned to Kostoff's court room.
Magistrate Kostoff's marriage ended in divorce and she lost custody of her daughter all because of her affair with Catherine Loya. Magistrate Kostoff was alleged to have had some serious trouble with prescription meds & alcohol during her relationship with Catherine Loya which caused her to lose her job as a Magistrate at the Juvenile Court - or, she was asked to resign.
Watch out girls! Catherine Loya is evil!
Posted by Michael Nelson on 02/22/2012 at 6:04 PM
Dang...Google image for Loya is a HORSEFACE!!!
you'd think at least she was hot...
I move on...
Posted by cbrbart on 03/06/2012 at 1:15 PM
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Since: Jan 13
#4 Jan 14, 2014
You have a knack for this Bob
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Since: Jan 13
#5 Jan 14, 2014
#6 Jan 14, 2014
More of Duke's leftists friends!
Attorney-judge relationships raise ethical questions
By Phil Trexler
Add This Published: February 24, 2012 - 11:44 PM | Updated: February 25, 2012 - 05:56 AM
When she began dating a prosecutor assigned to her Summit County Juvenile courtroom, then-Magistrate Maria Copetas Kostoff said she went right to her boss with the news.
She didn’t want her relationship with Catherine Loya to cross ethical lines.
Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio gave her blessings to the relationship, with one caveat: Loya could never appear as an attorney in cases being decided by Kostoff.
Now divorced and carrying her maiden name, Copetas said last week that the courtroom arrangement lasted for several months, through June 2009 when she resigned to take a job as a Medina County public defender.
She said it was important that she and Loya never breach any ethical bounds.
“It gives the appearance of impropriety to be in a relationship with somebody who appears in front of you, because you’re required to be impartial,” Copetas, 48, said last week.“That was very important not to have her in front of me at all.”
Ethical questions, however, continue to follow Loya, now an assistant public defender in Akron. Last week, she was reassigned from the courtroom of Akron Municipal Judge Joy Malek Oldfield.
The move comes about two weeks after Loya and Oldfield were questioned by a Copley police officer, who reported that he found the women, partially clothed, in the backseat of a car that smelled of alcohol.
Oldfield’s attorney has said the police officer’s report is “untrue” and that the women were not in the backseat or in a state of undress.
Loya, 30, was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Her driver’s license was suspended when she refused an alcohol breath test.
Afterward, Oldfield and Loya continued to work together in the courtroom, and on several occasions the judge provided the defense lawyer rides to and from work. Loya declined to comment last week.
The incident involving Oldfield raises ethical questions and the challenges of balancing social and professional relationships among judges and lawyers. It’s a potential conflict that the Akron Bar Association will review as part of its investigation of the Oldfield-Loya incident. The group’s attorneys requested the police reports.
The bar association can refer conduct violations to the disciplinary branch of the Ohio Supreme Court. Discipline could range from written reprimands to law license suspensions.
Judges are bound by strict guidelines called canons. The first canon states:“Judges should uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.” A second canon reads:“Judges shall respect and comply with the law and shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”
#7 Jan 14, 2014
L3zb0 attorneys lookin for love should head on up to Akron!!!
#8 Jan 14, 2014
... I mean, slurp.
#9 Jan 14, 2014
This is really really old news Ellen.
#10 Jan 14, 2014
Plus, Duke practices in juvenile court ... I'm sure he at least knows magistrate fish breath.
#11 Jan 14, 2014
But this is not "old news" downstate, nor have we explored their connection to you!
#12 Jan 14, 2014
ABC/Disney is already working on an after school story line featuring these three carpets_du_munchers.
#13 Jan 14, 2014
Hate to break it to you, but there is not one.
#14 Jan 14, 2014
Not one. Three, scumbag.
#15 Jan 14, 2014
Wanna go fer a ride?
#16 Jan 14, 2014
#17 Jan 14, 2014
So clownish...you assert that every single lawyer who walks into a Summit County Courthouse is a scumbag, only because two of them engaged in unethical conduct?
I pity you, clown.
Since: Apr 10
#18 Jan 14, 2014
Duke, looks like you have a following....lol
#19 Jan 14, 2014
#20 Jan 14, 2014
and there is you the simpleton who 5th grade math escapes them.
how do you keep track of your retainers?
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