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Judge Earle Wise for 5th District Court of Appeals

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Judge Earle E. Wise, Jr, is an Ohio Court of Appeals Judge. He is just one of sixty-nine appellate court judges in the State of Ohio. Judge Wise currently serves as the Presiding Judge for the Fifth Appellate District, which covers fifteen Ohio counties. He has previously served as the Administrative Judge for the Court. He has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to sit as a judge on appellate cases for several other appellate districts around the state as well as on a case before the Supreme Court of Ohio. Additionally, the Chief Justice has appointed Judge Wise to serve on the Advisory Committee on Court Security.


Judge Earle Wise has been an attorney for twenty-five years. He has wide-ranging and extensive legal experience. Prior to being elected, Judge Wise had a private practice and served as an Assistant Public Defender in Carroll County. He was the City Administrator for the City of North Canton responsible for the day-to-day operations of the safety forces and service departments. Judge Wise was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Stark County serving as a senior trial attorney prosecuting felony criminal jury trials in Common Pleas Court.


Judge Wise attended the University of Akron Law School at night while working full-time as the Deputy Director of the Stark County Board of Elections. Prior to law School he was the bailiff for Judge James S. Gwin in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Marlington High School.


Judge Wise proudly served in the Ohio Army National Guard for seven years at the Akron-Canton Airport as a member of the 107th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He was as an aerial observer in a scout/attack helicopter company. Judge Wise was a flight crewmember responsible for en route and tactical low-level navigation, radio communication with other military assets and civilian air traffic control, as well as emergency flight control of the aircraft.


Judge Wise has been happily married to Maria for 26 years and they have two wonderful daughters, Libby and Catherine.

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