Ohio Justice Speaks in Lincoln Day Dinner

An Ohio supreme court justice spoke in Chillicothe Saturday.

Justice Sharon Kennedy spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Ross County Republican Party. She said the Civil War president he embodied American dream of having the freedom to create the life he wanted.

She said Lincoln also was led by faith, and fought to keep the Union together to follow the dream of the founders.

Kennedy also touched on "judicial restraint," of not using a judge's power of "legislating from the bench." She said putting a thumb on the scales of justice cheats voters of their choice of representative government.

In addition to other roles as a judge and attorney, she served as a police officer in the 1980s. Kennedy said being a peace officer shapes how you see the world, where you can see the wrongness as well as goodness of people.

She pointed out 54% of cases the Ohio Supreme Court see are criminal issues, not philosophizing. Still, she says they are real-life applications of the 4th and 5th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Kennedy will run for re-election next year.

The Republican "Woman of the Year" is Chillicothe council member Pat Patrick, and "Man of the Year" is Sheriff George Lavender.

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture