Tavares Urges Ohio Supreme Court to Increase Transparency
November 14, 2018
Today, state Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) introduced Senate Bill 335, urging the Ohio Supreme Court to adopt a rule requiring the recusal of justices from cases involving individuals who contributed to their campaigns.
“While I am not advocating the prevention of candidates and members of the court from receiving campaign contributions, I do not believe that they should hear cases where they have a close or perceived close association or bias toward a contributor,” said Senator Tavares.
Since the Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, independent expenditures and political advertisements by nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose their donors have dramatically increased, undermining courts’ transparency and voters’ trust in the judicial process.
“While the legislature cannot require the Ohio Supreme Court to adopt a rule governing the recusal of a justice, I call on the court to uphold their integrity and act in the best interest of the citizens of Ohio,” said Sen. Tavares. “It’s imperative that citizens have faith in the independence and impartiality of the courts, which in turn provides a greater sense of trust in government overall.”