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13 submit names for Supreme Court seat

Published: Wed, November 21, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



Thirteen people have submitted their names to Gov. John Kasich to be considered for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Most are sitting judges in courtrooms across the state, and more than half come from southwestern Ohio.

All hope to replace retiring Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, who plans to leave the bench by year’s end.

Kasich will appoint a replacement and asked interested applicants to submit their names by the end of last week for consideration.

Those who did so included:

Judge Craig R. Baldwin, Licking County Common Pleas Court, from Newark.

Judge Joyce A. Campbell, Fairfield Municipal Court, from Fairfield.

Thomas W. Coffey, senior counsel at the firm of Tucker Ellis & West, from Cleveland.

Douglas R. Cole, a founding partner in the Columbus firm of Organ Cole & Stock, from Columbus.

Judge Pat DeWine, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court who was elected this month to the First District Court of Appeals, from Cincinnati.

Judge Mary E. Donovan, Second District Court of Appeals, from Dayton.

Judge Patrick Francis Fischer, First District Court of Appeals, from Cincinnati.

Judge Judith L. French, 10th District Court of Appeals, from Columbus.

Judge Victor Haddad, Clermont County Common Pleas Court, from Batavia.

Judge Matthew W. McFarland, Fourth District Court of Appeals, from Portsmouth.

Charles M. Miller, a partner in the firm of Keating Muething Klekamp, from Cincinnati.

Judge Robert Paul Ringland, 12th District Court of Appeals, from Middletown.

James William Satola, attorney in private practice, from University Heights.

One name that is not on the list is outgoing Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp, who lost his re-election bid this month to former appeals court Judge Bill O’Neill.

Cupp announced late last week that he would not submit his name for consideration.

Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor hoped to announce Stratton’s successor before the end of the year.


1gamechanger(5 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Cupp's absence on this list was inevitable but not for the reasons claimed by Cupp.

Our Federal lawsuit against FIRSTENERGY naming five Republican Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court as "nominal" Defendants (Lisa G. Huff et al v. Firstenergy et al-12 CV 2583) most notably including Justice Cupp as the first named "nominal Defendant" ultimately played a role in Justice Cupp's defeat and is the real reason he cannot be considered for the vacancy. That suit details how justice Cupp was willfully deceptive when a disciplinary complaint filed by the now Justice Elect O'Neill was pending against him. We have now discovered more evidence of a possible FIRSTENERGY top executive sponsored fundraiser that may have occurred this year. The fact is that Justice Cupp wanted the public and the Disciplinary Board to believe that he had no idea that FIRSTENERGY was his largest contributor when he took their money, violated long standing court principles to set up a special court for them and ruled in their favor repeatedly. The truth is that if the Disciplinary Board has any integrity whatsoever Justice Cupp will have to be officially investigated for his overall conduct during the campaign (one would presume that this would happen after he leaves office). Regardless of the findings the Governor's Office would be politically barred from considering him. The truth is; if there were no other pending problems, Justice Cupp could simply recuse himself from any case involving the State and the invented roadblock would be gone, problem solved.

This same thing happened two (2) years ago when then Supreme Court Candidate Mary Jane Trapp was considered by many to be the obvious top pick to replace Maureen O'Connor's vacated seat after the election in which Mary Jane Trapp did fairly well against a well funded incumbent. The problem was charges levied by three credible citizens including two (2) doctors and the possibility of an FBI probe into those charges that she used her position as the presiding Judge of the 11th District Court Appeals to cover up actual falsification of court records (something she stated in August 2012 at a lake County Tea Party event is the precise improper thing for any judge to attempt apparently forgetting that she herself had done just that; See U-Tube). Needless to say Gov Strickland's selection committee was notified, she was not appointed, she did not run again for the Supreme Court, she just lost her seat on the 11th Dist. and is still facing serious issues related to the falsification cover up.

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