Ohio Supreme Court
has announced her intention to retire from the
court by the end of the year.
Stratton is the second
longest serving justice on the court, after appointment by former Gov. George Voinovich
Ohio voters elected her
to three six-year terms, most recently in 2008. Her term is set to expire Jan.
She began her career as
a trial lawyer in central Ohio, and in 1989 was elected as the first female
judge on Franklin County Common Pleas Court, where she became known as “The
Velvet Hammer” for her approach to sentencing in serious felony cases.
I’ve had the
opportunity to sit down with Stratton on several occasions when she has visited
Our conversations for
the most part weren’t about specific court cases or legal matters, but rather
about life and her interest and work in the mental health field.
It is that area
Stratton referred to in her resignation letter and she discussed her
involvement to provide mental health services to offenders and assisting
veterans in the criminal justice system.
She referred to this
involvement as occupying a place of growing importance ultimately culminating
with her decision to leave the bench.
“I have decided to
dedicate myself to them even moreso, not only here in Ohio but on the national
level,” Stratton said.
To have an Ohio Supreme
Court justice serve as an visible advocate for mental health issues has been
invaluable to consumers and to people who work in the mental health field.
“Any time we have
somebody with her level of expertise, her level of authority who brings
recognition to mental health and the effectiveness of treatment, it’s such a
bonus and a strength for us,” said Kim Fraser
, executive director of
the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board.
“She’s been a very strong voice for us. Our consumers are sometimes
disenfranchised and pushed to the side. She’s always been willing to tackle the
tough subject and bring awareness.”
I’ve seen how
passionate Stratton has been when she talks about mental health issues. She
says her heart tells her this is the right decision and I’m betting that it is.
Election day workers
The Lake County
Elections Board needs people to work Nov. 6 as election day poll workers.
Shifts start at 6 a.m. and conclude typically around 8:15 p.m. Pay for a poll
worker in the county is $107.91 for Election Day, and presiding judges receive
$127.91. Workers also receive $20 for a training session, which lasts about two
hours. For details, contact the Elections Board in Painesville.
County Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish
, 17th annual golf outing with
special guest Judy
, 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday at Powderhorn Country Club in
Madison Township. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
or Ernie Koenig
n Werner Barthol
candidate for Lake County prosecutor, hosts a Summer Celebration Fundraiser,
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Lake Metroparks Painesville Township Park. See James Falvey
Fundraiser for Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest Burt
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Bond Building, Century Village Museum in
Burton. See Carol
Fashioned Country Picnic for Geauga County Commissioner Mary Samide
4:30 to 7 p.m. June 8 at S.O.S. Inc., in Munson Township. See Jackie Moskal
County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
, 21st annual golf outing and steak
dinner June 8 at Painesville Country Club. See Frank Leonbruno
or Sheryl DePledge
n Jason Wuliger
candidate for Lake County recorder, hosts pasta dinner with special guest U.S.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Cebars Madison Tavern in
Madison Township. See Dick Shreve
or Pete Wayman
n Bob Patterson
candidate for Lake County treasurer, fundraiser with special guest state Sen. John Eklund,
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 28 at Historic Perkins Estate in Mentor. See Sandy
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, George Voinovich, Justice Stratton, Ohio politics, Ohio Supreme Court, Steve LaTourette