Native son isn't ready to call it quits

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010


Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moyer visited the Register on Monday. He was scheduled to speak at a Republican women's gathering at the Sandusky Yacht Club, and his assistant called and asked whether the Register editorial board or a reporter would like to chat. Of course we did, and Justice Moyer arrived exactly on time at 5 p.m.   Over the years I've heard much said about Moyer -- good and bad -- but it's easy to set aside all that chatter.   The chief justice is a native of Sandusky and grew up on Erie Boulevard. His father and his brother both were attorneys, he said, but his intention was to become a doctor. That didn't work, so he decided to pursue the family business.   Moyer talked with me and two reporters for just over an hour. He was open to our questions and thoughtful in the responses he offered. When I asked what was the one change he would make to Ohio's court system if he could wave a magic wand, he replied he would change the way justices are elected to the state's High Court. Political party affiliation, and politics for that matter, are prohibited from playing a role in the elections for justices, but elections are all about politics.    Moyer advocates an appointment-approval process for justices, a model used in other states. It makes sense to me because as closely as I pay attention to political races, I've never been able to understand or feel very confident when I punch the ballot for Supreme Court races. "Who are these guys?" is the recurring thought I have when I review the choices and remember the competing political ads that play on television. Big money advertising, have to like that, but perhaps not in this case.  

Moyer is barred from running for re-election next year because he will hit the big 70, and state law prohibits a judge from seeking re-election after hitting that age, he said. Moyer's term will end, he has no plans to retire. He's still reviewing his options, he said, but he's looking at work as a mediator or possibly teaching a new crop of legal scholars.


joe baumgartner

Can anyone explain to me why judges can't run for re-election once they reach the age of 70, but we have appointed retired visiting judges that are well over 70 years old?


Retire oldster

joe baumgartner

I guess no one has a solution to the question I asked two days ago. Why do we allow retired judges over 70 yrs old to adjudicate trials when we do not allow them to run for election. There are many people who would like to know how this is possible in the USSR, excuse me the USA. Any body else been abused by the system, the total disregard of THE CONSTITUTION? Check out page A2 of today's Register. This is where they normally would retract any statement or stories that were questioned about their truth. Just look in the upper right hand comment about an Erie County Elected Prosecutor. They stand by their story. Great job Sandusky Register.

Julie R.

If Chief Justice Moyer is now being forced to retire because of his age it stands to reason that the next Chief Justice will not be a native son of Sandusky, Ohio. Which means the next Chief Justice just might not be prone to granting any special favors----like the appointment of visiting retired judges to cases in Erie County that reek. (i.e. the Baxter Estate, Krista Harris and the Baumgartner cases)

Mr. Baumgartner: There are a lot of people in this County that have been victims of the legal system's total disregard for the Constitution----the legal system does this when they unlawfully ignore i.e. deny/prohibit people their rights to hearings on legitimate complaints. Add on the fact that this County takes money from the parties that file the complaints yet has no intention of ever addressing them should be considered illegal in itself.


Let us say that the 70 yr old limitation is there for a reason.
Secondly, we can see today what happens when a retired judge over 70 presides over a trial I.E. Nuesse case. When issues are brought up to him that have legal merit, he just disregards them without any ethical reason.
Since Moyer is 70, drawing social security, he should in fact contact Cirigliano so the two of them can sit on the front porch and compare notes about all the covert dealings they have pulled over the years against people. How would you like to be a little mouse and listen in on that conversation?
Moyer being a mediator is out of the question, since the 70 yr age limit disallows him for re-election what makes you think he should be able to preside over any litigation as we have seen with Cirigliano!
Teaching scholars, you have to be kidding, what possibly could you bestow upon them pertaining to your years of service without raising an eyebrow or two.
For GOD'S sake, you're 70 years old, time to step away from the plate!!!
Gee Matt, Jackie Mayer was from here also, and even has a section of RT. 2 named after her, yet I don't see you run an article on her during the Miss America Pageant.

Julie R.

It's not only judges that should be forced to retire at the age of 70, so should attorneys. That way they won't be able to do anymore criminal favors for their friends, like draft up new POA's and different Wills for their incompetent clients without the knowledge of certain family members. But then on the other hand, the other signatures on the forged documents weren't from people well over the age of 70 so I would have to say these criminal acts are commonplace in Eeeeerie County.


The question that should have been asked of Moyer " Is why is it that complaints filed against Kevin Baxter are never investigated ? Citizens that have filed complaints against Kevin have a wealth of information and evidence. What does it take to get a corrupted lawyer investigated ? Is it that you're just as corrupt Mr. Moyer ?

Boy does he look bad ~ A face lift would do him justice.