News 5 points out that whenever they’ve asked justices for their position on certain topics, they refuse to respond saying they are not allowed to comment on pending cases or issues that might come before them. “We’re not allowed to comment on cases that are pending in front of our court or in any other court,” DeWine once told News 5.
When trying to get the forced birther political support, however, DeWine was happy to check off the box about abortion, while Dobbs was pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. The difference, of course, is that the Right to Life PAC candidate questionnaire isn’t a public statement. It was also pretty clear back in March, given what the SCOTUS extremist majority had done with the Texas abortion law, that it was going to severely limit—if not outright overturn—Roe’s constitutional protections to abortion.
Which made it inevitable that an abortion case was going to come before the Ohio Supreme Court. Which it will. The states’ six-week abortion ban is currently blocked by a lower court judge and will work its way up.
Pro Choice Ohio and Equality Ohio called foul, as did Dr. Tracy Pearson, an ethics and bias lawyer who told News 5 that the justices responding to the highly partisan questionnaire “demonstrates that you are not upholding the integrity of the legal system and administering the courts in a fair and impartial way.” That breaks the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct, Pearson said.
“What you’ve done is you’ve made almost a campaign promise,” she added. “You’ve made an implicit promise.”
That’s exactly what they’ve done. On the one hand, it’s a travesty because it is not what judges—especially Supreme Court ones—are supposed to do. On the other hand, thanks for making your corruption so freaking obvious for voters to see.
We can’t vote out all the extremist U.S. Supreme Court justices who sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee and lied through their teeth about respecting the precedent of Roe. But the voters in Ohio can make sure these three are booted.
Daily Kos has endorsed incumbent Justice Jennifer Brunner, Judge Terri Jamison, and Judge Marilyn Zayas to flip the Ohio Supreme Court. Currently, it has a Republican 4-3 majority, but one relatively moderate Republican justice has repeatedly sided with Democrats to rule against GOP gerrymanders there. However, she’s retiring. Democrats need to pick up a seat and add two more: Jamison and Zayas. That wouldn’t just keep abortion legal in Ohio, it would provide a critical bulwark against Republicans trying to steal the White House in 2024.
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