Judge dismisses YSU football player's suspension challenge

Staff report


A Mahoning County judge has dismissed a Youngstown State University football player’s challenge to his suspension from the university through December, saying she lacks jurisdiction over the university disciplinary matter he brought before her.

In doing so Friday, Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of common pleas court also dissolved a temporary restraining order blocking the suspension of Lee Wright of Park Avenue, which she had issued July 28.

Wright had been suspended June 14, when a university hearing panel consisting of two faculty members and a student said he violated the student code of conduct.

The panel acted on the basis of the May 22 arrest of Wright, 21, and his fellow YSU football player, Casimier Mitchell, 19, of Cleveland, by a YSU police officer, who stopped the car they occupied after seeing it drive away from the sound of gunfire.

Read more about the case in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.