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Ohio Supreme Court: One incumbent looks to remain, another looks to be unseated

BY: - November 4, 2020

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy looks to have won reelection in unofficial results early Wednesday morning, while Justice Judith French looks headed for defeat by Democratic challenger Jennifer Brunner. If this result holds as is expected, Republican justices will hold a 4-3 advantage on the state high court. With Brunner’s win, Democrats add to […]

Ohio Supreme Court candidates talk impartiality, inequity

BY: - October 15, 2020

The roles Ohio Supreme Court justices should avoid are just as important as the roles they do play, according to justices and the judges vying for two spots on the state’s highest court. In a recent forum hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission, Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Judith French, and their challengers, Cuyahoga Court of […]

Profiles: Ohio Supreme Court seats up in contested races

BY: - October 12, 2020

Two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court are up in November’s election. The six-year terms on the state’s highest court are held by two longtime incumbents, and contested by two judicial veterans with experience vying for seats on the court or governmental positions. French v. Brunner Judith French French has been a justice with the […]

Ohio Supreme Court rules courts don’t have to consider ability to pay when imposing fees

BY: - July 6, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a split 5-2 decision that courts do not have to consider a defendant’s present or future ability to pay court fees when deciding whether such costs are applicable, overturning an appellate judge’s earlier ruling.  The case stems from a complaint filed by Darren Taylor who was convicted of […]

The money and interests targeting Ohio’s legislature and Supreme Court in 2020

BY: - February 17, 2020

It’s not an understatement to say this November’s General Election will have monstrous implications. Everything comes to a head in this 2020 cycle: the legislatures, the courts, the census, control of the new redistricting effort and a presidential race sure to bring immense turnout this fall.  As such, both political parties are doing everything they […]

Lawyers, law firms pony up donations in Ohio Supreme Court races

BY: - February 12, 2020

The candidates vying for two Ohio Supreme Court justice positions are seeing their cases bolstered by deep support from the legal profession.  Hundreds of private law firms and individual attorneys are putting their best feet forward in supporting the four candidates with campaign contributions, a review of campaign finance records by the Capital Journal has […]

Control over the Ohio Supreme Court is on the ballot in 2020

BY: - December 19, 2019

There will not be any drama on primary election night for the two Ohio Supreme Court seats. The General Election in November 2020, though, should have plenty.  Incumbent Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French, both Republicans, are running for reelection. Two Democratic candidates have filed to run against them: John O’Donnell against Kennedy, and Jennifer […]