Retired Judge James Evans passes away

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Retired Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge James Evans has passed away. He served on the bench from 1998 until his retirement in September of last year.

Before that, Judge Evans was a state trooper and a lawyer. He was also a longtime Canfield Fair Board member.

Governor John Kasich had appointed Evans to the Ohio Ethics Commission in October of last year, just after his retirement.

“It was a tremendous honor to have shared an office with him and to have sat on the bench with him,” said Judge John Durkin, Common Pleas Court. “He was a rare man in the legal practice.”

Although no cause of death has been released, close friends said Evans had been in ill-health since his retirement.

Arrangements are being handled by Lane Funeral Home.

The honorable Judge James Evans was 72.

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