Sunday, May 18, 2003

Profiles of the justices

The Democratic justices

Alice Robie Resnick

Born: Aug. 21, 1939, Erie, Pa.
Elected: 1988
Residence: Toledo
Law degree: University of Detroit, 1964
Previous posts: 6th District Ohio Court of Appeals, 1982-88; Toledo Municipal Court, 1975-82; assistant prosecutor, Lucas County, 1964-75
Quick facts: fourth woman elected to statewide office in Ohio, and second woman elected to Supreme Court; husband, Judge Melvin L. Resnick, is on the 6th District Ohio Court of Appeals

Francis E. Sweeney

Born: Jan. 24, 1934, Cuyahoga County
Elected: 1992
Residence: Lakewood
Law degree: Cleveland-Marshall Law School, 1963
Previous posts: 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals, 1988-92; Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, 1970-88; Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cuyahoga County, 1963-70
Quick facts: Played professional football in Canada with the Ottawa Rough Riders, 1956-58; received bachelor's degree at Xavier University

The GOP justices

Chief Justice Thomas Moyer

Born: April 18, 1939, Sandusky
Elected: 1986
Residence: Columbus
Law degree: Ohio State University, 1964
Previous posts: 10th District Ohio Court of Appeals, 1979-86; executive assistant to Gov. James A. Rhodes, 1969-71; private practice, 1966-69; assistant attorney general 1964-66
Quick facts: President of the National Conference of Chief Justices, 1995-96; has been a member of the Columbus Maennerchor (Men's Chorus)

Maureen O'Connor

Born: Aug. 7, 1951, Washington, D.C.
Elected: 2002
Residence: Akron
Law degree: Cleveland-Marshall Coll. of Law, 1980
Previous posts: Lieutenant governor, 1999-2003; Summit Co. Prosecuting Attorney, 1995-99; Court of Common Pleas, 1993-95; Magistrate, Probate Court, 1985-93; private practice, 1981-85
Quick facts: Led Ohio's post-9/11 counterterrorism efforts; declined 2nd term as lt. governor to run for court

Terrence O'Donnell

Born: Feb. 11, 1946, Cleveland
Appointed: May 2003
Residence: Rocky River
Law degree: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1971
Previous posts: 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals, 1995-2001; Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, 1980-94

Evelyn L. Stratton

Born: Feb. 25, 1953, Bangkok, Thailand
Appointed: 1996
Residence: Westerville
Law degree: Ohio State University, 1976
Previous posts: Franklin Co. Court of Common Pleas, 1989-96; private practice, 1979-88
Quick facts: Nicknamed "The Velvet Hammer" for tough sentences; born to missionary parents, is a Thai cooking expert; won the 1972 LeTourneau Stampede Girls Goat Tying Competitionin Longview, Texas
Quick facts: Being sworn in Monday to replace Deborah Cook; among his colleagues will be Alice Robie Resnick, who defeated him in 2000 election; has been a schoolteacher and a Little League coach

Paul E. Pfeifer

Born: Oct. 15, 1942, Bucyrus, Ohio
Elected: 1992
Residence: Bucyrus
Law degree: Ohio State University, 1966
Previous posts: Ohio Senate, 1977-88; Assistant Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney, 1973-76; Assistant Ohio Attorney General, 1967-70
Quick facts: Operates a cattle and horse breeding farm in Crawford County; writes a weekly column on legal issues

Change on the Ohio Supreme Court
Profiles of the justices

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Stimulus package: Overhaul the tax code
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