OíConnorís Acceptance Speech Comes Under Fire
November 11, 2002

Lieutenant Governor Maureen O'Connor is facing questions about her impartiality before she begins her term as an Ohio Supreme Court justice.

In an acceptance speech Tuesday, O'Connor suggested that efforts by doctors to generate support for her campaign will "pay off."

The Ohio State Medical Association encouraged doctors to give patients letters supporting O'Connor and fellow Republican candidate Evelyn Stratton, who won re-election to a second term on the court.

Judicial ethicist Steve Lubet says "pay off" was a poor choice of words. He says those words seem to indicate a deep misunderstanding of the difference between judicial and legislative offices.

O'Connor says that she pledged a fair and level playing field.

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