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Mark A. Stanton, Public Defender

 

Mark A. Stanton, Public Defender

 

Chief Public Defender Mark A. Stanton has devoted his legal career to the criminal justice system.  He began his career working as an Assistant Attorney General and then an Assistant County Prosecutor in its Major Trial Division.  In 1983, Mr. Stanton began a private practice primarily focused on defending the rights of those accused of crimes.  He has served as lead trial counsel in over 200 major felony trials and 13 death penalty trials.  He has represented criminal defendants in over 200 murder cases as well as countless other serious charges.  He has also represented criminal defendants in the Eighth District Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.  He also previously served as a Magistrate Judge in Parma Heights for 7 years.

 

Mr. Stanton’s expertise in criminal defense has led him to speak at dozens of professional seminars on trial practice, expert witnesses, jury selection, closing argument, and the death penalty.  He has received numerous professional awards and is a past president of the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  Mr. Stanton chaired a committee tasked with reforming the criminal justice by providing open discovery in criminal cases and served on the Task Force on Judicial Excellence.

 

Mr. Stanton became Chief Public Defender in May of 2017.