Ohio Chief Justice Wants New Ethics Policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week has given Ohio's chief justice fuel for a state policy that would allow parties to request a justice be removed from a case.

A spokesman says Chief Justice Thomas Moyer will address the issue with his fellow state supreme court justices.

The U.S Supreme Court ruling says elected judges must step aside when cases involve large campaign contributors if there's an appearance of bias.

Ohio Supreme Court spokesman Chris Davey says parties to cases can petition to have Ohio trial and appellate judges removed from cases, but no such process is in place at the state supreme court level.

Individual justices decide themselves whether they should step aside.

Moyer also plans to hold a conference later this year to discuss judicial policies.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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