Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Supreme Court’

Judge Eric Brown is Uhhhh Here This Morning with Uhhh, the Roots, Uhhh, I’m Sorry it’s the Uhhh – RootsCamp!

March 6th, 2010 Matt View Comments

More weird video from Buckeye State Blog from Progress Ohio’s Kookfest 2010.

Was Ted Strickland holding the camera? Good grief, after watching this I need some Dramamine!

Does Judge Brown remind anyone else of Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

[Updated] Judicial Crisis Network Wants Conservative Maureen O’Connor To Exit the Chief Justice Race

March 6th, 2010 Matt View Comments

UPDATE: Click here for my correction. This letter is WRONG.

This letter from the Judicial Crisis Network is quite important for Justice O’Connor to consider:

Justice Maureen O’Connor
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Dear Justice O’Connor,

I am the Executive Director of the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice in America. Your best memory of JCN may be a 2008 television ad campaign which aired in Ohio wherein we focused on the judiciary in the Fall. However, we have also conducted extensive grassroots campaigns in Ohio via mail, telephone, email, and even phone text messaging. We are proud to have built a multi-tool database of over 400,000 Ohioans who have indicated they share our commitment to a restrained judiciary.

JCN began by focusing on the U.S. Supreme Court only, but recently broadened the scope of its mission to include judicial selection at the state level, and that is why I write you today.

Given the relatively narrow balance of the current Ohio Supreme Court, JCN has been particularly concerned about the ramifications of this year’s court elections.

You have played such an important part in restoring balance to that Court. We applaud your record. But, unfortunately, it cannot be taken for granted that the court will always enjoy a majority of judges like yourself. You can imagine our concern over the fact that your quest to become Chief Justice – if successful – will undoubtedly result in the addition of a liberal activist to the court since Governor Strickland would be given the opportunity to appoint your replacement. As one of our Ohio supporters recently quipped, “You win, and the people of Ohio lose.”

That fact was of somewhat less concern when it was conceivable that the liberal judicial activist Paul Pfeifer would be challenged by a primary opponent. Pfeifer’s defeat by a practitioner of judicial restraint would have maintained the Court’s current balance whether you won or lost. We thought a challenger would emerge, but, alas, none did and the calculus has therefore changed dramatically – it is no longer possible for the loss of your seat to be offset by the replacement of Justice Pfeifer.

The only way to maintain the current balance on the Court would be if you withdrew from the race for Chief Justice, pursuant to Section 3513.31 of the Ohio Revised Code, so that the Republican Party of Ohio can nominate a conservative candidate to replace you. This is the only possible way the people of Ohio would continue to receive the full benefit of your important presence on the Court, without having to suffer from the addition of a liberal judicial activist.

Your record on the Court speaks to your commitment to a jurisprudence that respects the rule of law, the Constitution, and the proper role of the courts in our system of governance. You have done so much good during your tenure. We are certain you do not want to see the benefit of that jurisprudence lost to the people of Ohio because of the inevitable result of your candidacy for Chief Justice.

On behalf of JCN and our supporters in Ohio, I urge you to search your conscience, which will lead to the inescapable conclusion that you should withdraw from the race for Chief Justice.


Gary Marx

Executive Director

cc: Kevin DeWine, Chairman, Ohio Republican Party
cc: Kay Ayres, Vice Chairman, Ohio Republican Party

In Your Face, Sandy Theis!

July 31st, 2009 Matt Comments off

From Gongwer $$$:

The Ohio Supreme Court today rejected an attempt from owners of Scioto Downs to block a rival’s Nov. 3 ballot issue to build four casinos across the state.

Justices said in a 7-0 opinion that the Columbus horse track failed to file a proper challenge to initiative petitions that the Ohio Jobs & Growth Committee filed on behalf of its proposed constitutional amendment.

The court also said Scioto did not establish it was entitled to an order that would invalidate certain petitions.

Scioto is owned by MTR Gaming Group, which operates a casino in West Virginia.

The court also said Scioto did not establish it was entitled to an order that would invalidate certain petitions.
Scioto is owned by MTR Gaming Group, which operates a casino in West Virginia.

And MTR is also the company that Mr. and Mrs. Chris Redfern lobby on behalf of.

Jim Petro vs. Justice Maureen O’Connor for Chief Justice?

June 9th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Petro is back!

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