VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) - Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Heck has lifted her order that barred a city prosecutor from her Vandalia courtroom.
An order filed May 2 at 3:56 p.m. states, "It appearing that the City of Vandalia has completed its investigation of Prosecutor Claudia Turrell, the court's previous order of April 18, 2013, regarding Prosecutor Turrell's involvement in any Court matter is hearby rescinded FORTHWITH."
In the April 18 order, Heck banned Turrell from her courtroom, citing issues with Turrell's "credibility."
Judge Heck's husband is Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. His public information officer Greg Flanagan confirmed the issue over rumors that Judge Heck was stopped for suspicion of drunk driving. Flanagan said those rumors are not true.
Vandalia city officials told 2 NEWS they were investigating the case and were following the court order, suspending Turrell with pay until the investigation is complete. Vandalia's city council met in a special session April 29 in an attempt to unravel courtroom concerns between a judge and a prosecutor. Vandalia's city manager, Rob Anderson, said his investigation did not concern those rumors. He spoke with 2 NEWS after meeting privately with council members.
"My investigation is merely about the personnel matter," said Anderson. "I have a prosecutor who is not allowed in the courtroom right now. I am trying to get to the bottom of that issue."
Turrell obtained an attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, to represent her. During a brief phone interview with 2 NEWS's Alexa Ashwell, Silverstein declined to divulge any information on the issue at hand, but commended the city in its handling of the investigation.
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