The trial for a former municipal judge accused of “double dipping” while he served as a defense attorney in 2012 will begin Tuesday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court after a jury was selected Monday.
Michael C. Hoague, of 17 Carriage Drive, Delaware, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence, third-degree felonies, and two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies. He appeared in court Monday for the jury selection process and around 3:30 p.m. a jury of seven women and seven men were sworn in and seated.
The trial will begin Tuesday morning with opening statements from Assistant Ohio Attorney General Brad L. Tammaro, who is prosecuting the case, and from Hoague’s defense attorneys, Ian N. Friendman and Mark R. Devan.
The trial is expected to last three days.
Visiting Judge James A. Brogan, a retired judge from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, will preside over the case.
According to the court records, the charges center around Hoague allegedly filing paperwork while acting as a public defender in 2013 during two criminal cases for a man named Timothy Hamon. Prosecutors alleged Hoague signed a certification during the case asking to be paid by State’s Public Defender Office without disclosing that he had been paid by Hamon’s family, thus “double dipping.”
The tampering charges deal with Hoague filing the paperwork and the theft charges are for the money Hoague allegedly received from the defendant’s family.
Hoague’s attorneys state that a plan to pay Hoague on a monthly basis for consulting on the case was set up by Hamon’s family before he was later brought on as a public defender.
“Those services were a separate matter, and his appointment to represent her son at trial did not erase her obligation to him to make payments toward the agreed upon amount for those services,” Hoague’s attorneys wrote in their trial brief.
At the arraignment, it was stated that Hoague could face up to 36 months in prison for the tampering with evidence charges and up to a year in prison for the theft charges.
Hoague was a municipal court judge in Delaware from January 1996 to December 2001. He did not seek re-election when his term expired.
Contact Glenn Battishill at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.