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Hemmeter becomes Delaware County’s first female trial-court judge

March 17, 2015 | Alumni

Marianne Hemmeter ’97 became Delaware County’s first female trial-court judge last month after Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed her to the Municipal Court bench. She replaces Judge David Gormley, who was elected to replace Common Pleas Court Judge Duncan Whitney, who retired in February.

Hemmeter must run in November to retain her seat for the remainder of the term vacated by Gormley, which ends Jan. 1, 2020.

Prior to taking the bench, Hemmeter worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s office, in roles including deputy director of the economic-crime unit and the senior assistant attorney general for the special-prosecutions unit. Most notably she served as lead prosecutor in the Steubenville, Ohio rape trial two years ago, involving two high-school football players and a 16-year-old girl, which grabbed national media attention.  

She was also a trainer for the Ohio attorney general’s Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team and Interpersonal Violence Response Team, and has also served as the interim prosecuting attorney for Delaware County. Before that she was an assistant prosecutor for the Delaware city prosecutor’s office from 1997 to 1999 and was an assistant county prosecutor from 1999 to 2011.

Hemmeter told the Columbus Dispatch she’s ready to oversee busy domestic-violence and traffic dockets instead of high-profile crime. “It will be awesome. I’ve been in the hardcore trenches for 17 years,” she said. “It gave me the perspective to kind of use that experience and sit back and now be the umpire.”

Read more about her appointment in the Columbus Dispatch here.