OH chief justice wants judge age requirement change

Ohio's chief justice is urging voters to change the age requirements for judges in the state.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor is backing a ballot issue that would raise the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. O'Connor said on the Supreme Court of Ohio website that supporting the ballot issue, known as State Issue 1, will help maintain a strong court system.

"This arbitrary age limit eliminates some of our most experienced judges from serving Ohio and administering justice fairly and impartially. No other elected office has any age limit whatsoever," she said in a release.

The general election is Nov. 8.

For more information about Issue 1, click here: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/issueOne/default.asp

To view O'Connor's statement, click here: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/2011/issue1_092811.asp

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