CONTACT: Kenneth Brown – (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-4426
Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 13, 2012) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today calls on the Ohio Ballot Board to adopt new ballot language related to Issue 2 that does not mislead the voters so Ohioans can have a clear understanding of what the proposed amendment will do.
Specifically, the OSBA asks the Ballot Board to include specific information about who selects the citizens commission to draw districts. As the Supreme Court of Ohio said in its opinion yesterday, “It is axiomatic that “[w]ho does the appointing is just as important as who is appointed.”
The OSBA has taken a position in opposition to Issue 2 solely because the proposed amendment inappropriately involves the judiciary by blurring the clearly-delineated lines separating the branches of government, and makes judges and courts more vulnerable to political influence.
The proposed amendment requires Ohio appellate judges to select members of the commission, a function that the OSBA believes places justice in jeopardy. Judges must remain independent, fair and impartial to follow the law and the constitution without regard to politics.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.