Statement by OSBA President Randall Comer

Friday, December 8, 2017
Contact: Maggie Ostrowski (614) 487-4425

Regarding Justice Bill O’Neill’s announcement that he would remain on the Ohio Supreme Court despite having declared his candidacy for Governor of Ohio, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio State Bar Association President Randall Comer:

“To fulfill his duty to promote public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, Justice Bill O’Neill should resign immediately from the Ohio Supreme Court.

“As a declared candidate for Governor with a published campaign platform, recusal is insufficient to remove any appearance of conflict or impropriety.

“Moving forward, we intend to work in concert with the Ohio Supreme Court and other interested parties to avoid future controversies of this nature.”

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing more than 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. 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.



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