Category Archives: Commentary

Cincinnati Sends Two New Justices to the Supreme Court of Ohio: A Historical Perspective

Supreme Court justices are elected statewide in Ohio. Cincinnati, my hometown, hasn’t sent many justices to the Ohio high court in recent years, and now we are sending two. In the election for the two open seats being vacated by … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Ohio Loses Its Female Majority.

There were three seats on the Supreme Court of Ohio up for grabs in Tuesday’s election. Justices Judy Lanzinger and Paul Pfeifer could not run again because of age, so those were open seats. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor had no … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Rules Tracie Hunter Eligible to Vote in this Election.

Former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter should know more than most about Ohio voting rights. When she ran for juvenile court in November of 2010, she appeared to have lost to her opponent John Williams by about 2800 … Continue reading

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Commentary: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Nonpartisan Ballot for Ohio Judges in General Election

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently rejected a challenge to allow party designations for judges on the general election ballot in Ohio. The case is Ohio Council 8 v. Husted, 16a0034p.06.

Ohio judicial elections have … Continue reading

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Commentary: Interesting Proposal about Storage of Medical Records.

On September 2, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Gene’a Griffith, Executrix for the Estate of Howard E. Griffith, Deceased v. Aultman Hospital. At issue in this case is whether records not … Continue reading

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More on Judicial Elections in Ohio.

We elect all judges in Ohio.  The Ohio Constitution requires this. Over the years, different judicial leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with electing judges. The late Chief Justice Tom Moyer long favored merit selection, at least for appellate judges and justices of … Continue reading

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Commentary: Are Judicial Elections Different After All? Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar.

Ever since the 2002 case of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White,  in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down, on First Amendment Grounds, the “announce clause” of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct, which prohibited judges … Continue reading

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Commentary: Columbus Judge Properly Receives a Disciplinary Slap.

On March 11, 2015, in Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Salerno, 2015-Ohio-791, the Supreme Court of Ohio publicly reprimanded Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno for telling jurors in open court in a criminal case they had reached the … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Death Penalty and Elected Judges

Now retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote this in her separate concurrence in the landmark case of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, the 2002 decision that changed the landscape in judicial elections by giving judges … Continue reading

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A Change of Heart by the Chief on Judicial Elections?

An interview with Ohio’s Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and AP reporter Andrew Welch-Huggins, which ran in a number of Ohio newspapers last week, carried the headline “Ohio Chief Justice: Time to Rethink Judicial Elections.” The story quotes O’Connor as saying … Continue reading

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