Kara Baker


“Is justice for sale in Ohio?” asked a television advertisement in October 2000. Another advertisement informed voters that “today in Ohio, instructors teach and students learn, in spite of Justice Alice Resnick.” These advertisements are examples of the derogatory judicial campaigning that is becoming prevalent in the United States.

Part II of this comment will focus on the 2000 Ohio Supreme Court campaign between Alice Robie Resnick and Terrence O’Donnell as an example of current problems in judicial campaigning. The effect of this campaign and of similar other campaigns on the judicial system and public perceptions of justice will be explored in Part III. Part IV will identify and discuss limits to reforming the system. Finally, Part V will explore possible solutions to this growing problem, including campaign regulation and merit selection and retention. Part VI will conclude with a summary of the points that were addressed.