May 11, 2012
Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger Discusses Capital Cases

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger recently spoke at an Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College course on capital cases for common pleas court judges. The two-day course started on May 4 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, and Justice Lanzinger presented an overview of Supreme Court cases that had been heard within the last few years. She selected cases with specific interest to trial judges. 

Justice Lanzinger joined Judge Lee Sinclair and Judge John G. Hass of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas; Judge Janet R. Burnside of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas; retired Judge Matthew J. Crehan and Judge Michael J. Sage of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas; Judge Robert P. Ringland of the Twelfth District Court of Appeals; and attorney Kathleen A. McGarry of Glorietta, New Mexico in leading the course.

“Because these cases involve life and death, they call upon a judge to be at the peak of performance,” said Justice Lanzinger. “The cases already reviewed are good teaching tools to remind us that ‘death is different.’”

Now serving her second six-year term on the Supreme Court, Justice Lanzinger is the only person ever elected to every level of Ohio’s judiciary. The 150th Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, she previously served on the Sixth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Toledo Municipal Court. Her varied judicial experience allows her a unique perspective of the state court system.

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