DeAngelo D. Little candidate for Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge

DeAngelo D. Little


Cleveland Heights     Age: 38





Education: B.A. Morehouse College; J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Current Occupation: Magistrate, East Cleveland Municipal Court

Affiliations: Member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates; Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association; Norman Minor Bar Association; Board Member, South Euclid Municipal Court Mental Health Court; Volunteer Juvenile Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (Juvenile Division)...

Board Member, Golden Ciphers, Inc. Youth Development & Cultural Arts Center, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Adjunct Professor-Bryant & Stratton College (2011-2015)


1. Judicial experience: Magistrate, East Cleveland Municipal Court (2012-Present) As Magistrate, I preside over the housing docket, forcible entry and detainer actions (evictions), small claims docket, and general civil litigation division. Further, I preside over the traffic trial docket, and handle the criminal docket cases including arraignments, pre-trials, preliminary hearings, and trials as assigned by the Judge.

2. Unique qualifications: As a former Chief City Prosecutor as well as Assistant County Prosecutor, I have handled and tried a vast number of cases ranging from minor offenses up to the more egregious and offensive crimes. I worked diligently to protect the community and vindicate victims’ rights by prosecuting individuals and holding them accountable for their actions. My diverse life experiences have given me a deep and solid understanding of the concerns of victims and how crime affects the community. As a Private Practice Defense Attorney, I have handled and tried a multitude of cases in every municipal court and county court in Northeast Ohio and beyond. I understand and know that in order for justice to be administered fairly and impartially, everyone’s constitutional and statutory rights must be protected and every case must be examined on its individual merits. Furthermore, I am certified by the Court of Common Pleas to represent individuals on the Mental Health docket and I also serve on the Mental Health Board in the South Euclid Municipal Court. This experience has given me the insight that some individuals need extended sentencing including programming and treatment to assist them in living productive law abiding lives. I have also fulfilled the role of Adjunct Professor and taught Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Criminal Law, Criminal Courts, and Criminal Procedure. In addition, I facilitate recidivism programming to to help individuals avoid future incarceration.

3. Why running: I have lived in the greater Cleveland area for the majority of my life and have the distinct pleasure to call Cleveland Heights my home and to raise my family in such a rich and diverse community. I truly believe the people of Cleveland Heights will be well served with a judge that has the extensive and diverse experience and background I possess. This experience has equipped me with invaluable knowledge, keen understanding, and expertise in courtroom practice, trial procedure, and municipal law (including criminal, civil, and housing). As a judge, I will serve the public well in administering justice fairly and impartially as well as ensuring the safety of our community by being firm on crime and bringing in effective rehabilitation programming that I have already implemented throughout Cuyahoga County. My legal career in both the public and private sector has immensely prepared me for this opportunity.

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