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Ohio State Government November 7, 2006 Election
Smart Voter

Terrence O'Donnell
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Judge; Ohio State Supreme Court; 6 Year Term Starting 1/1/07


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What options do you believe the judiciary has when there is a judicial decision that requires the legislature to act, if their response does not fully address the decision? (150 word limit)

The Ohio Constitution establishes the Judiciary as an equal branch of government, not superior to either the Legislative or Executive branches. Courts only assert judicial authority over parties to lawsuits, and do not exercise jurisdiction over those not before the court on a pending matter. As such, courts merely decide the legal issues presented in a given case.

I am unable to conceive of a judicial decision that would "require" the Legislature to act given that it is a separate branch of government elected by the voters; it is not the role of the Judiciary as interpreters of law to supersede the role of the Legislature as makers of law.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. 150 Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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