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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:19 AM

Brunner calls on Ohio judges to support implementation of sentencing database

October 13 (COLUMBUS) — Justice Jennifer Brunner today urged local support for the development of a statewide database of criminal sentencing.

“I believe Ohio’s judges strive to do good.  But we need more than anecdotal examples, personal beliefs or individual experiences to prove that.  If we find deficiencies, the data informs us so that we can address and correct them.  The data gives us the best information for creating effective rehabilitation for safer communities and humane outcomes,” said Justice Brunner, who is running for Chief Justice in the November 2022 election. 

Justice Brunner is a former trial and appellate judge and a longtime supporter of the database, which she emphasized as a central plank of her policy platform announced in a speech to supporters and the media on September 14.  She also supported it in her 2020 campaign for the Ohio Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor on October 4 hosted a signing ceremony for an $800,000 agreement with the University of Cincinnati for the school to build the database infrastructure. 

Justice Brunner attended the ceremony in support.

 


Monday, September 13, 2021 3:18 PM

Chief Justice candidate Jennifer Brunner unveils vision for Ohio courts

COLUMBUS - As the only candidate in the race to have administered an Ohio statewide office and supervised local government activities in every county of Ohio—and to have served at all three levels of courts in the state (trial court, appellate court and supreme court)—Justice Jennifer Brunner today unveiled a policy agenda to lead Ohio’s judiciary as the next Chief Justice of Ohio.  

The Chief Justice is the leader of the state’s judicial branch and makes decisions that affect the direction and orientation of every court in the state. 

“My policy agenda to lead Ohio’s judiciary as Ohio’s next Chief Justice is organized around this simple principle:  ‘Courts belong to the people.’  My vision for leading Ohio's courts embraces the principles of helping Ohioans have access to their courts while working with judges throughout Ohio as responsive public servants promoting fairness, equality and respect for all persons,” said Brunner, in remarks to the media and supporters streamed live and now available here.

Justice Brunner referred to Ohio’s current Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the first female Chief Justice in Ohio’s history, as a friend and colleague, stating, “The Ohio judiciary has flourished under Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s leadership, and there is no reason to regress.  There is so much more work ahead to help courts continue to grow in responsiveness to current problems of our complex society.”  


Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:56 PM

Justice Jennifer Brunner to run for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Justice Jennifer Brunner announced Tuesday she is running for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

“I’m running for Chief Justice because justice matters for every Ohioan. Steady and principled leadership of the state’s highest court is essential to helping Ohioans realize justice in their everyday lives,” Brunner said at a virtual news conference. “I know that courts can do good things for people—protect their health, safety, and welfare—with fairness, equality, and respect. And I am committed to doing this every day now and as Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.”

Brunner hopes to take Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor's place when she retires next year.

If elected, Brunner would become the first elected Democratic chief justice in Ohio since 1986. Brunner won her current seat in the 2020 election.

“Administrative and policy leadership of the court is not about an ideology of who should win and who should lose,” Brunner said in an email to supporters posted on her campaign Website. “It is about a belief and understanding that courts are only as effective as people believe them to be. Good judges and fair courts can make all the difference in the confidence Ohioans have in their judiciary. And that confidence makes our courts more effective.”

 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:44 PM

Democratic Justice Jennifer Brunner vying for chief justice

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press, June 8, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner entered the race for chief justice Tuesday, touching off likely bipartisan competition next year for the state judiciary’s top job.

Brunner, 64, is a former common pleas and appellate judge who also served one term as Ohio secretary of state. Her nearly 11-percentage-point victory over incumbent Justice Judi French last year gave Democrats three of seven seats on the state’s high court, a high-water mark for the party in recent years.

“Steady and principled leadership of the state’s highest court is essential to helping Ohioans realize justice in their everyday lives,” Brunner said during a virtual news conference called to announce her bid. “I know that courts can do good things for people — protect their health, safety, and welfare — with fairness, equality, and respect.”

Brunner seeks a seat being vacated by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor due to age limits. O’Connor will turn 70 in August, the age after which judges may not run. Two of O’Connor’s fellow Republicans, justices Sharon Kennedy, 59, and Pat DeWine, 53, son to Gov. Mike DeWine, are also expected to run.

 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021 10:00 AM

Justice Jennifer Brunner Announces Run in 2022 for Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court

View video of virtual news conference here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chris Davey, 614-886-8658, chris@daveygroup.us

 

Justice Jennifer Brunner announces she will run for Chief Justice in 2022
‘Steady and principled leadership of the state’s highest court is essential’

 

COLUMBUS - With a vision for shaping the administration of justice to improve the lives of all Ohioans, Justice Jennifer Brunner of the Supreme Court of Ohio today announced that she will run for Chief Justice of Ohio in the 2022 election.

 

“I’m running for Chief Justice because justice matters for every Ohioan. Steady and principled leadership of the state’s highest court is essential to helping Ohioans realize justice in their everyday lives,” Brunner said at a virtual news conference. “I know that courts can do good things for people—protect their health, safety, and welfare—with fairness, equality, and respect.  And I am committed to doing this every day now and as Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.”

 

Brunner was elected as an Associate Justice in November 2020, defeating incumbent Justice Judith French 55.3% to 44.7% garnering 2.69 million votes statewide.

 

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