Ohio voters reject raising judges' age limit to 75

Voters in Ohio have decided against raising the age limit for judges from 70 to 75.
Associated Press
Nov 9, 2011

Voters in Ohio have decided against raising the age limit for judges from 70 to 75.

They upheld a 1973 law that capped judicial age at 70, under the philosophy that age can affect judgment and therefore older judges should be forced to retire.

Defeat potentially affects 10 percent of sitting judges over the next six years. The issue went down despite the endorsement of Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, who appeared in ads supporting a yes vote. She argued people are now living and working longer, and older judges offer valuable experience. Opponents included an association of county prosecutors.

The ballot measure would have amended Ohio's constitution to allow judges to serve longer.

Comments

kURTje

I've ALWAYS voted.  Tell them how to work for US.

The New World Czar

Great, now we (those of us who actually pay taxes) have to pony up retirement $$$ for the retiree when they could be fulfilling their duties and pay for another judge to handle duties of the person forced to retire? One for the price of two...marvelous,  just marvelous.

Kimo

 

Look at the bright side.

Now some hack that couldn't make it as a lawyer can drag up and be a judge.

 

SimpleEnough

It was more than just about an age limit, what wasn't widely discussed was stripping power to control judicial abuse from the legislative branch (IMO). Since they all are lawyers, there is nothing stopping them from continuing to work in the private sector.