County recorder defeats appointee in Franklin County Probate Court

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Franklin County Probate Court Judge Alan Acker, who has drawn controversy since he was appointed to the bench in June, lost to Republican Robert G. Montgomery yesterday, gaining about 41 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial totals.
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Nucnac

Columbus, OH

#1 Nov 3, 2010
"feeling sorry for the people of the county" Way to stay classy Acker!!!! Right to the end.,
Boyd

United States

#2 Nov 3, 2010
I have to agree that I feel sorry for the people of the county - have to go through three separate judges in the span of several years - Acker was a good choice was knew what he was talking about and had the background to do an amazing job if given the chance.
Indian Laker

Powell, OH

#4 Nov 3, 2010
This shows that sometimes the electorate is paying attention. Attention all politicians, stop thumbing your nose at society and doing what ever you please. You need to follow the rules too.
Mary

Springboro, OH

#5 Nov 3, 2010
Acker was the clear choice who at least had some experience. Montgomery has ZERO experience. Why do you think Acker was Highly Recommended by the Bar Association, and Montgomery was NOT RECOMMENDED? Do you know how bad you really have to be, or have no experience at all, given he was a County Recorder, to be NOT RECOMMENDED? I agree...I do feel sorry for anyone having to find themselves in the Franklin County Probate Court in front of a newly appointed Judge deemed NOT RECOMMENDED.
Linda

Columbus, OH

#7 Nov 3, 2010
Unfortunately, this shows only that the electorate pays attention to soundbites and dirt. Alan Acker is a good man and was an excellent judge for the time that he served. I, also, am sorry for the people of Franklin County who would have been better served by Judge Acker during a full term. The e-filing and on-line access projects that the Probate Court has been preparing for (for several years) will be ready in the coming year, no thanks to Bob Montgomery who will, I'm sure, claim full responsibility for it. Judges Belskis, Brown and Acker all contributed to this effort.
Joey

Columbus, OH

#8 Nov 3, 2010
Jonathan S,

Your a punk, you obviously have no clue about anything at all. Your comments are rude and uncalled for.
Jonathan S

Dublin, OH

#9 Nov 3, 2010
Joey wrote:
Jonathan S,
Your a punk, you obviously have no clue about anything at all. Your comments are rude and uncalled for.
What's wrong? Daddy can't get you $20/hr jobs anymore?
Probate Paralegal

Columbus, OH

#10 Nov 3, 2010
It is indeed unfortunate that the electorate focuses so intently on negative press, especially when the majority of the electorate has no dealings in probate court. However, for those of us who work in the estate planning and probate field, for the next 4 years we will be contending with a judge who has no probate experience, no judicial experience and very little experience even practicing law before he entered the political world. Kudos to Mr. Montgomery for running a strong campaign and being able to "manage a staff" because that staff is going to be his saving grace in the years to come.
Linda

Columbus, OH

#11 Nov 3, 2010
If Jonathan S. had taken the time to "research" the candidates for probate judge, he would have found that Alan Acker is a nationally known expert in the field, a sought-after lecturer, participating author of a number of probate statutes (including the trust code0, among the highest rated attorneys in Ohio, and a highly regarded practitioner. Bob Montgomery, on the other hand, went to law school. Period. No law practice at all. The Columbus Bar Association highly recommended Alan Acker, and gave Bob Montgomery a "not recommended" rating, something they almost never do. The "controversy" that Judge Acker seemed to generate was exclusively at the hands of the Dispatch, which had some kind of agenda against him. The facts highlighted in stories about Judge Acker were one-sided and not the full picture and, in my observation, an unfair attack on a sitting judge who, by code of judicial ethics, really cannot defend himself. Bob Montogmery will spend the next two-three months in school learning about how to be a judge. Too bad.
LocalLegalCounse l

Dublin, OH

#12 Nov 3, 2010
You sycophants for "Judge" Alan S. Acker are so transparent. Since none of you have previously commented on this web site, I wonder, are you all his relatives or do you actually enter your own self-serving comments Alan? I particularly like how your resume gets reguritated every time.

Alan, the voters looked at and rejected your resume, which included dishonoring a Court with a generally good reputation by: 1. lying to the governor about your background, 2. self dealing your family into jobs, 3. self dealing your "family business" by selling services to lawyers and litigants appearing before you, and 4. screwing up a routine marriage license matter to let a young girl ruin her life and put two on welfare, all the while doing a favor for a buddy from your church. Thank God that Acker's four month judicial rampage is OVER!

The Columbus Bar Association's credibility is nil, the sham endorsement process it ran for Acker included 2-1 Democrat to Republican ratio in violation of its own rules and Acker's former law partner was on the committee as a shill for the Acker campaign. Thus, Probate Judge-elect Montgomery's poor rating was predictable and illegitimate. He will be a great judge for the people of Franklin County, who rejected Acker's brand of sleazy Chicago politics.

Recorder Rob Montgomery ran a completely positive campaign on his credentials and record of 10 years of "honorable" public service, according to this newspaper whose web site we're on. He ran not one negative ad, but I did receive Acker's e-mail trashing him. Acker, you are a disgrace to the robe! You and your seedy supporters have no shame. Hang your head you poser! Give the Court back to the people and get out.
Probate Paralegal

Columbus, OH

#13 Nov 3, 2010
I completely agree, Rob Montgomery did run a clean campaign. He is a terrific politician. Time will tell if he will be a terrific judge.
Northwest Sider

Columbus, OH

#14 Nov 3, 2010
Congrats to Rob Montgomery. I voted for him yesterday. He has done a great job as Recorder and I wish him the best as our new Probate Court Judge. The previous poster was right. Montgomery could have trashed Acker up and down the TV dial. He didn't.

Judge Acker has solid work experience. However, the recent incidents would be disturbing for anyone. I wish him the best in the future.

I agree with the previous poster. Shame on the Columbus Bar Association for not taking a stand on wrongdoing. The Bar Association's credibility did take a hit here.
Jeepers

Dublin, OH

#15 Nov 3, 2010
I don't trust any of Strickland's appointees. Although I think Strickland had good ideas, he owed too many political favors to be an effective leader. Hopefully Kasich will do a better job with his appointees.

Acker might have the knowledge in the field, but obviously he was lacking in the ethics area.
Non-Legal Lady

Columbus, OH

#16 Nov 3, 2010
I have never had any experience in the Probate Court but based on the research of Alan Acker's experience it is clear he did not get a fair shake. The Columbus Dispatch took every chance it would get to trash his name and point out his "mistakes". Passing judgment based on 2 articles in the Columbus Dispatch and ignoring all of the other positive aspects of Alan Acker's distinguished career is a disgrace. It takes honor and courage to run for public office and to try to do what you believe is right. It was extremely unfair of The Columbus Dispatch to drag Judge Acker's family through the mud in the name of "unbiased" reporting!
Enzyte Bob

Westerville, OH

#17 Nov 3, 2010
Boyd wrote:
I have to agree that I feel sorry for the people of the county - have to go through three separate judges in the span of several years - Acker was a good choice was knew what he was talking about and had the background to do an amazing job if given the chance.
I agree, but I think Montgomery will do just fine.
Enzyte Bob

Westerville, OH

#18 Nov 3, 2010
Jeepers wrote:
I don't trust any of Strickland's appointees. Although I think Strickland had good ideas, he owed too many political favors to be an effective leader. Hopefully Kasich will do a better job with his appointees.
Acker might have the knowledge in the field, but obviously he was lacking in the ethics area.
I am a conservative, but there is nothing more infuriating than people who repeat Republican talking points without actually thinking. Acker was a rookie judge, trying to do the right thing, and made a rookie mistake. Stop making it more than what it is.

Even though he was the better choice, I voted against him because I am mad at all the carpetbagger Dumbocrats from Northern Ohio who settle here and I am mad at how they are turning this county into Cuyahoga County II. Under more normal circumstances, I would have voted for him, however.

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#19 Nov 3, 2010
Alan Acker is a clown. He didn't need the Dispatch to bring him down, he did it all by himself. He deserves to have his license yanked. I hope that Disciplinary Counsel takes a good look at the cases he has worked on during his (mercifully) brief tenure as probate judge.
Enzyte Bob

Westerville, OH

#20 Nov 3, 2010
Shylock wrote:
Alan Acker is a clown. He didn't need the Dispatch to bring him down, he did it all by himself. He deserves to have his license yanked. I hope that Disciplinary Counsel takes a good look at the cases he has worked on during his (mercifully) brief tenure as probate judge.
Hahahahaha - another Republican toadie parroting talking points. Don't you think a guy who rules over highly technical instruments like trusts and estate tax issues should have knowledge in a highly technical area?
It is over

Lansing, MI

#21 Nov 3, 2010
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Hahahahaha - another Republican toadie parroting talking points. Don't you think a guy who rules over highly technical instruments like trusts and estate tax issues should have knowledge in a highly technical area?
The Magistrates do almost all the heavy lifting anyway...
Jonathan S

Dublin, OH

#22 Nov 3, 2010
Non-Legal Lady wrote:
It was extremely unfair of The Columbus Dispatch to drag Judge Acker's family through the mud in the name of "unbiased" reporting!
Who is Judge Acker? It's just plain old Alan Acker now!!!

Okay, so it was the Dispatch and not Alan's "judgements" that were unfair? Please give us specific examples of what you feel is biased reporting.

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