Chief Justice Wants To Put An End To Judicial Campaign Ads
November 8, 2002

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer has tried criticizing attack ads in judicial races, reporting on conferences about them, and asking lawmakers to do something to stop them.

Now he says he will attempt to gather representatives from all the groups involved in the ads and persuade them to find a solution.

Moyer says he's outraged by what he watched on television in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election, especially by the negative ads in two Ohio Supreme Court races. Some of the commercials implied that court candidates would vote a certain way on some issues.

He says the ads have insulted the voters and injured the judiciary.

Moyer has proposed a forum that would take place in January. He says he will invite labor leaders, business groups, lawyers and others who took part in the ad campaigns. He also wants to hear from candidates and lawmakers.

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