AP - Ohio Appeal Filed | asks 2 OH Sup. Ct. justices to step down because of potential bias

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Steve Hall

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November 11, 2014 - 11:40 am | via Greenfield Daily Reporter


Death row inmate seeks new ruling, wants 2 justices to step down because of potential bias

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | AP Legal Affairs Writer


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned killer says the perception that two Ohio Supreme Court justices upheld his death sentence in the heat of their campaigns warrants a review of his case.


At issue is the court's 4-3 ruling last month in an appeal by Ashford Thompson, who fatally shot Twinsburg officer Joshua Miktarian (mik-TARE'-ee-uhn) in 2008.


Thompson's attorney said in a Monday filing that public confidence is undermined by a ruling so close to Election Day.


Attorney Rachel Troutman says commercials for Republican justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy included references to the candidates' support for and by law enforcement.


Troutman wants the justices to step aside to remove the appearance of impropriety and for the court to reconsider the case.


Messages were left for Kennedy. French declined comment.


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