ICYMI — Judge Cynthia Rice, a former federal and county prosecutor and current appellate judge with more than a decade on the bench, is running for one of two open seats on the Ohio Supreme Court next year.
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- “If you want a court not based on politics, but based on experience, she is in many ways the perfect candidate,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said of Judge Rice.
- “I have more experience practicing criminal law than anyone else currently on the Supreme Court,” Judge Rice said. “I feel I could add a strength to the bench.”
- “She’s a prosecutor and not a politician,” said Kirstin Alvanitakis, Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman…. “The Supreme Court shouldn’t be a place for political lackeys. It should be a place for serious jurists.”
Judge Cynthia Rice Background
- Judge Rice grew up on a small family farm where she learned the value of hard work. She worked her way through college, spending her summers on a factory line as a member of the UAW and IBEW. She attended law school at night while working full time.
- She received her B.S. degree from Purdue University, Krannert School of Management and her J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law.
- She spent a decade as both a county and federal prosecutor in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, prosecuting major criminal cases including murder, rape and the illegal drug trade. She wasn’t afraid to take on her own political party when she prosecuted the Democratic Mahoning County Coroner for drug trafficking. She then moved on to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where among other things, she worked to fight drug gangs.
- Judge Rice has served as an appellate judge for more than a decade. She’s heard more than 3,000 cases and written more than 1,100 opinions, and she is a leader on the statewide bench. She has served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio, as well as in the Second, Seventh and Ninth Appellate Districts. She is currently the co-chair of the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, and also serves on the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Executive Committee and Appellate Law and Procedure Committee.