Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor

LaRose would ‘be fine with’ chief justice’s impeachment over redistricting rulings

BY: - April 1, 2022

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Friday said he “certainly wouldn’t oppose it” if the legislature impeached Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor over her joining in rulings rejecting GOP-generated maps for Congress and the legislature, according to a recording of a breakfast meeting with Union County Republicans. LaRose, who is not a […]

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Ohio Supreme Court justices Kennedy and DeWine undermining judiciary with redistricting partisanship

BY: - March 22, 2022

Justice is supposed to be blind. But not in Ohio. Not when a pair of Ohio Supreme Court justices dropped all pretense of impartiality and objectivity in the super high stakes redistricting cases before the court that have utterly upended Ohio politics. Justice Sharon Kennedy and Justice Pat DeWine effectively removed their metaphorical blindfolds to […]

House GOP leader on Supreme Court impeachment: ‘All options are on the table’

BY: and - March 18, 2022

A ranking House Republican left open the possibility of impeaching the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, which this week rejected Republicans’ third proposed legislative redistricting map.  During a private GOP caucus phone call Thursday, House Majority Leader Bill Seitz and Rep. Jon Cross voiced support for impeaching Justice Maureen O’Connor, according to a […]

Another question about DeWine conflicts in Ohio redistricting

BY: - February 23, 2022

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine has said he doesn’t have a conflict sitting in judgment of a case involving a redistricting commission on which his father sits. That’s because the father, according to his son, is acting in only an official capacity. It’s a claim that some ethics experts have bluntly rejected. The claim […]

Experts: DeWine’s son, Medicaid director both have clear conflicts

BY: - February 14, 2022

(The original version of story misattributed a statement by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine to a spokeswoman for the court, who does not speak for him. This version is updated.) The administration of Gov. Mike DeWine is making history, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. Two DeWine appointees have figured in what federal law […]

The race for Ohio Supreme Court chief justice is on

BY: - June 9, 2021

2022 race could prove complicated for Ohio Democrats At least two justices on the Ohio Supreme Court are eyeing the chief justice position and plan to campaign for the top judicial seat in 2022. Democrat Jennifer Brunner and Republican Patrick DeWine are planning to run for chief justice next year. These two, and potentially another […]

Extend eviction moratorium to slow covid spread, advocates say

BY: - December 16, 2020

Ohio’s local courts should stop eviction proceedings, a group that advocates for the poor said Tuesday. Not only are thousands of Ohioans going to be forced out of their homes in the dead of winter, the proceedings and the evictions will make the covid crisis worse, they say. The coronavirus pandemic has hit low-income Americans […]

Chief Justice: Virtual courtrooms, broken barriers the future of justice

BY: - September 14, 2020

The true nature of justice lies in its ability to change when society calls for it, according to the head of Ohio’s highest court. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said that change is coming in the form of safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic and rethinking the justice system in light of […]