French reflects on election, death penalty cases, Trump judicial picks

MANSFIELD – Judith L. French, Ohio Supreme Court Justice, sat down with the News Journal last week to discuss the current makeup of the state’s highest court, the defeat of Issue 1 last year and President Donald Trump’s rapid appointment of federal judges.

Her visit to Mansfield on Feb. 28 came shortly after an election in which two Democrats won seats on the court despite the victory of nearly every Republican that ran for state office.

Michael P. Donnelly defeated Craig Baldwin, after longtime Justice Terrence O’ Donnell aged out. Melody J. Stewart defeated Mary DeGenaro, who was appointed last year by former Gov. John Kasich to fill the unexpired term of Bill O’Neill. Republicans now hold a 5-2 majority.


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