Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohio Chief Justice Wants Nonpartisan Judge Primaries
Ohio’s top judge has drawn applause from fellow lawyers with her call for eliminating party labels in Ohio’s judicial primaries.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said Thursday that nonpartisan primaries, more cameras in courtrooms and other policy and election changes can strengthen public engagement and trust in the judiciary. She made her remarks during the Ohio State Bar Association’s annual convention.
Polls show people believe judges are susceptible to political influence but oppose doing away with judicial elections altogether.
O’Connor wants to see Ohio join 14 other states with nonpartisan judicial races.
Ohio is the only state that identifies the party of prospective judges in its primaries and then sends winners into a general election in which party labels aren’t used. O’Connor said party affiliation has no place in judicial races.