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July 9, 2010
Judge Retires From Perry County Bench

The judge who presided over Ohio’s school funding case at the trial level retired this week from full-time status after more than 27 years on the bench.

But Perry County Common Pleas Court observers may see Judge Linton D. Lewis Jr. from time to time as he said he hopes to serve as a retired assigned judge when the need arises.

Judge Lewis is perhaps best known for his ruling in 1994 in DeRolph v. State that found Ohio’s system for funding public schools was unconstitutional.

Judge Lewis served on the Perry County Court from January 1983 to September 1990 and on the county’s common pleas bench directly after that until July 5 this year.

“I would like to thank everyone for their assistance throughout the years,” Judge Lewis said. “I look forward to doing some traveling, sitting by assignment when needed, and, with my wife Anne, undertaking a new endeavor known as the Schultz Mansion in Zanesville, Ohio. We will be operating a special event/banquet facility for private parties and bus tours.”

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow, 614.387.9250.