Hon. Donald C. Nugent See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
Average Rating:4.5 - 9 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
  Items marked with (*) are averaged into the displayed overall rating

What others have said about Hon. Donald C. Nugent



Comment #: 23702
Judge Nugent is living up to his reputation as an arrogant, elitist, making decisions on his personal preferences vs. rulings based on law. He cares very little for the constitutional rights citizens, even when that citizen risked retaliation by providing evidence of chief of police theft resulting in investigation by BCI, concluding with chief pleading guilty to 4 felonies. Mayor retaliated for exposing his negligence, having citizen arrested 5 times. Complaint to remove mayor by citizen and four residents resulted in
court stipulation ex mayor can never serve in any capacity ever again, but before he left he got even. Judge is siding with public official. Unfortunately Ohio is stuck with him until he passes of natural causes. There is a definite problem of appointing federal judges for life, permitting their corruption of the justice system and ignoring the constitution and the laws.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 18916
He is decent cordial and fair. He isn't the hardest worker but no need to fear his decision making.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9651
Didn't know the facts of the case and seemed unqualified to work with complex legal issues. Is not current on the state of the law. Well adapted to practice in Ohio where competence and evolved intellects are objects of discrimination.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 5112
Judge Nugent's courtroom is the most comfortable room in which to practice law. He is respectful of the parties and attorneys, patient, understanding and is as even-tempered a jurist as I've ever practiced before. A great man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3011
Sandbagged plaintiff's counsel by professing sympathy with case in pre-trial proceedings, then:
No guidance on pre-trial motions.
No effort to explore settlement.
Openly favored defense counsel before
Encourages fawning by defense counsel
(civil) and, believe me, it works.
Barely conceals disdain for civil
plaintiffs' bar.
Narcissistic and arrogant.
Otherwise I liked him a lot!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1479
I have found this Judge to be completely uninterested in criminal habeas corpus cases. Very little granted in the way of discovery or hearings.