The Ohio Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Counsel gave Mahoning County Probate Judge Robert Rusu a public reprimand.
He will also have to pay the costs associated with the counsel’s proceedings.
The counsel filed a complaint against Rusu in January.
It said Rusu failed to completely recuse himself from some probate cases he’d handled while working in private practice after becoming judge.
In a written statement, Rusu claimed he thought he could oversee the cases since they didn’t involve any disputes or disagreements. He later admitted he should’ve disqualified himself from those matters, which he is now doing.
After its investigation, the counsel determined that Rusu has no prior disciplinary record and did not act with a selfish or dishonest motive. It said the judge was honest about his actions and took responsibility, and he cooperated during the proceedings.
The counsel said Rusu has a good reputation and character and no client was harmed by his actions.