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Monday, June 7, 2010

Judges made benchmarks

David W. Jones

So after all those various city and county Bar Association ratings for judicial candidates for Ohio Supreme Court before the May 4 primary, the statewide association didn’t announce its preferences.

With the November election the next stop ahead, Ohio State Bar Association peers do say who their favorites are for two benches on the Ohio Supreme Court.

The state Bar rates candidates Judith Lanzinger, Maureen O’Connor and Mary Jane Trapp as “highly recommended,” with at least 75 percent favorable votes, and candidate Eric Brown as “recommended,” with at least 65 percent favorability.

Put another way it’s appointed Ohio SUPCO Chief Justice Brown, a Democrat just a notch below the higher ranked competitor O’Connor, who’s a SUPCO justice still with a bench if she loses the bid for the higher bench.

It’s also 11th District Court of Appeals Judge Trapp, a Democrat, going for the bench of SUPCO Justice Lanzinger, a Republican, with each considered among the best.


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