Keeping Politics Out of Judiciary

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill should have stepped down from the bench when he announced he was running for governor. But he did not. Instead, he continued campaigning, expressing opinions on various issues.

We Americans have a tradition of discouraging such behavior, simply because it lessens faith in the judiciary’s impartiality.

Now, some state legislators are pushing to remove O’Neill from the high court.

O’Neill’s plan to resign anyway on Jan. 26 may prompt some to wonder why lawmakers are bothering. Simple: To send a message to any other judges or justices who may view O’Neill as a model.

Legislators should keep their removal campaign alive until O’Neill leaves the court.

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