Gregory Frost

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Gregory Frost
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   3/11/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   George Smith
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Newark, OH
Undergraduate:   Wittenberg U., B.A., 1971
Law School:   Ohio Northern U. Law School, J.D., 1974

Gregory L. Frost is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

An Ohio native, Frost graduated from Wittenberg University with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University Law School in 1974.[1]

Professional career

Frost started his legal career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Licking County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from 1974 to 1978. From 1978 to 1983, Frost was a partner in the law firm of Schaller, Frost, Hostetter & Campbell. Frost specialized his practice in personal injury lawsuits, domestic relations matters, and small business issues.[2] In 1983, Frost started his judicial career, first as a Municipal Court Judge in 1983 until 1990 when the people of Licking County elected him as judge of the Court of Common Pleas.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Ohio

On the recommendation of Senators Mike DeWine and George Vonovich, Frost was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 7, 2003 to a seat vacated by George Smith. Frost was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a senate vote on March 10, 2003 and received commission on March 11, 2003.[1]

Notable cases

OH execution delay (2009)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
     *Richard Cooey, et al., v. Ted Strickland, et al. 2:04-cv-01156-GLF-MRA
Judge Frost delayed an execution scheduled by the Ohio Department of Corrections in December of 2009. Judge Frost indefinitely delayed the execution of Kenneth Biros, a convicted rapist, as the judge is asking the Ohio Department of Corrections to review its execution protocol using the lethal injection method. This is the fourth execution in Ohio put on hold since September 15, 2009 when a scheduled execution of Romell Broom failed raising questions on the effectiveness of capital punishment.[3] On December 7, 2009, the Sixth Circuit ruled that there was enough evidence for Biros to claim that Ohio's new backup execution method violated the Constitution of the United States. Biros was executed the next day.[4]

Inmate gets stay order after botched execution attempt (2009)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
     *Romell Broom, v. Ted Strickland, et al. 2:09-cv-00823-GLF-MRA
Romell Broom, a prisoner facing execution via lethal injection for raping and murdering a fourteen year old girl, had his execution stayed by Judge Frost on September 18, 2009. Judge Frost ruled the temporary stay of execution after the Ohio Department of Corrections officials who conducted the execution failed to maintain an IV connection in order to use the lethal injection on Broom. The Ohio Supreme Court is responsible for scheduling a new execution date.

Columbus, OH police sick leave case (2009)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
     *Lisa Lee, et al., v. The City of Columbus, Ohio, et al. 2:07-cv-1230
Judge Frost ruled on July 15, 2009 to strike down a Columbus Police Department sick-leave policy that required disclosure of medical information on doctor's notes. A number of former dispatchers sued the city in 2007, claiming that they were reprimanded by the City of Columbus if they did not provide a doctor's note when ill. The former employees claimed that their privacy was compromised as the Columbus Police Department required the "nature of illness" to be disclosed in a doctors note. This requirement, according to the affidavit filed, prevented employees from submitting doctor's notes when documenting an absence. In October of 2008, Judge Frost ordered a temporary injunction on the City of Columbus to not enforce the policy. His later ruling permanently prohibited the City of Columbus from enforcing the sick leave policy.[5] Judge Frost found that "the Columbus Police Department allowed unwarranted intrusion into personal medical records," and in his opinion, wrote that, "Determining staffing or the ability to dispatch police does not involve ascertaining whether an employee has genital warts, to cite one obvious if unseemly hypothetical example."[5]

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Preceded by:
George Smith
Southern District of Ohio
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:

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