CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cincinnati-based Republican appeals court Judge Pat DeWine was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday, while a race for another open seat was too close to call at deadline.
With more than 99 percent of precincts reporting statewide, DeWine, who serves on the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals, garnered more than 56 percent of the vote. He easily beat 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia Rice, a Brookfield Democrat.
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Opioid/heroin epidemic is a priority for the judge
When Pat DeWine was growing up as a kid he always thought of heroin as a really scary drug. Today, DeWine works as a judge in the First District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati where he makes decisions about public safety and maintaining safe communities.
At the forefront of that work, DeWine said, is the opioid/heroin addiction epidemic. Now he said he is trying to learn as much as he can about the very drug he thought of as scary as a kid.
DeWine recently went to visit Judge Frederick T. Moses in Hocking County. Moses is currently working with a pilot program for a Vivitrol drug court that is partially funded by the Ohio Supreme Court. Vivitrol is a pharmaceutical drug that blocks the effects of opioids/heroin on a person and will help to subside cravings for the drug.
“He has a great program where he brings these people into the program every week. He calls them up so he spends individual time with them, ‘How are you doing? How’s your job situation? What’s going on with your marriage?’ or whatever because all these people have other stressors in their life that they need to deal with,” DeWine said.
DeWine said Judge Moses engages with the people about their therapy and treatment as they are going through the Vivitrol drug court.
“They’re all taking drug tests, so if there is a dirty urine or something then he talks about that, threatens to send them to prison, sometimes sends them. It’s kind of a carrot and stick thing but it seems to be really successful,” said DeWine.
DeWine said he spent some time speaking with the people who are involved with Moses’s Vivitrol drug court.
“He let me talk to them, and most of them were really, really positive. They said they had tried Suboxone or Methodone and kind of felt like that was a racket, and that didn’t really solve their problems. I’m not saying that’s right but that’s kind of their impression, and they were doing much better with the Vivitrol,” DeWine said.
DeWine said most people who are on heroin start out on prescription drugs and as a judge he has worked with people struggling with addiction in Cincinnati.
In one case, DeWine said, “A working-class guy who fell, got hurt, hurt his back, he started taking pain pills, then he’s addicted to them so he’s buying them off the street. That’s too expensive, heroin is cheaper. Then all of a sudden he’s in front of me for armed robbery or burglary or something where he could go away for a long time which, you know, he never would have done.”
In another case, DeWine saw a young man who was hooked on heroin and committed a number of burglaries where he was breaking into people’s houses and stealing TVs.
“I tried to give him a chance on probation and treatment,” said DeWine. He said the young man’s mother was supportive but after two or three times, he failed.
“So ultimately I sent him to prison, which you know, you always hate to do that. This was several years ago, but not too long ago his mother came up to me and said, ‘You know, sending him to prison, you saved his life.’ That was the best. He needed that at that point and he got out of prison—it wasn’t very long, I think it was nine months or something—and he understood that he just couldn’t do it in Cincinnati.”
The young man eventually left Cincinnati to get away from “the same friends that he was doing heroin with,” said DeWine, and relocated to Michigan. “Now he’s got his kid back, so she (his mom) said that was what he needed. As judges, when you make these decisions, you never know if it’s right or wrong, but in that case it seemed to be one that worked out.”
DeWine is running this election for Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. He said he thinks the Ohio Supreme Court can help to change the opioid/heroin epidemic across the state.
“There’s a number of programs in the state and I think the role of the Ohio Supreme Court, what they could do, is in measuring what works and what is successful, so that we can have models that we can use throughout the state. I think what you’ll see as you go around the state is that there’s a lot of different drug courts. Some of them, there’s a lot of amazing work, some of them work better than others. We probably don’t do a very good job though of measuring what’s actually working and what’s not working and saying, these are the best practices we want to try and use in Ohio courts. That’s definitely one of my priorities,” DeWine said.
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Ohio Supreme Court candidate Pat DeWine visited the Brown County Fair on Tuesday.
Dewine currently serves on the First District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County.
“I’ve been a judge on the court of appeals and prior to that served as a common pleas judge. I have a strong belief that the role of the courts is to apply the laws as written, not to legislate from the bench,” Dewine said in an interview with The Brown County Press.
“I’m the only person running that has been both a trial judge and on the court of appeals, so I understand how things really work in the trial courts and how the decisions that the supreme court makes affect the safety of our communities.”
DeWine said that the decisions made on the Ohio Supreme Court can affect every citizen in the state.
“In Ohio, we have our own independent constitution, and that guarantees certain rights to Ohio citizens.
It’s important that we have an Ohio Supreme Court comprised of justices who respect the rule of law and who stick to the constitution,” DeWine said.
He added that he also has public service experience from off the bench as well.
“In addition, I have served as a Hamilton County Commissioner and on the Cincinnati City Council, so I understand how the decisions of the supreme court affect other branches of government,” Dewine said.
DeWine is opposed by Judge Cynthia Rice, who currently serves as an Appellate Court Judge for the Eleventh District Court of Appeals.
Judge Pat DeWine, candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court 2016 election, made a trip to Shawnee State University on Monday to speak with a group of students about his campaign.
“We are in town today to talk with a group of Shawnee State University students about the race, and we wanted to stop in The Daily Times while we were here,” DeWine said. “My judicial philosophy is that I’m a Constitutional Conservative. I believe in applying the law as it is written, not legislating from the bench. I believe that by doing that we achieve fairness, because we apply the same rules to everyone. Right now I am a judge on the 1st District Court Appeals in Cincinnati. I am the only person running for the Ohio Supreme Court that has been both an Appellate judge, which I am now, and also a judge on the Court of Common Pleas which I did before I was on the Court of Appeals.”
In addition to his extensive work in the court system, DeWine is also a professor at University of Cincinnati Law School, and teaches undergraduates at University of Cincinnati. He has also practiced law at one of Cincinnati’s largest law firms for 13 years,
“I have also served as Hamilton County Commissioner, and have served on Cincinnati City Council, so I understand how the decisions the court makes affect the real lives of people in our communities,” he said. “It is important that we have a stable, predictable court system because that allows the economy in Ohio to prosper, it allows people to create jobs and also make sure that people are safe in their communities.”
He said he possesses qualities that set him apart, experience being the first.
“There are a number of things, I think that set me apart, one is experience. The fact that I have been not only an Appeals Court Judge, but also on the Trial Court, so I understand how things really work at the trial level, and all of what the Supreme Court does is review the decisions of the Trial Court judges,” he said. “But beyond that, the experience of having served on a city council, having been County Commissioner, allows me to understand a broader perspective of how the decisions the courts make affect our community.”
The drug epidemic is an issue that DeWine said he is really concerned about.
“That is an issue that I am very concerned about. When I was on the Common Pleas Court, I saw so many people who might have been in front of me for burglary, or some other crime, but really at the root of it was that they had become addicted to some form of opiates, heroin or some type of pills,” he said. “One of the most rewarding things when I was on Court of Common Pleas was being through probation to get those folks into treatment, and sometimes it worked and sometimes unfortunately, it didn’t. It depended upon the person, and how much they wanted help. I spent a lot of time over the past few years looking at what worked and what didn’t. I was in Hocking County last week where they have a Vivitrol Court that’s funded by the Ohio Supreme Court. It is a pilot program, giving these folks Vivitrol but also other services to deal with their addiction while the Vivitrol reduces their cravings for heroin. I was there just to see how that worked, and to talk with the people on the program, and see what they thought about it.”
DeWine is an Ohio native, the oldest of eight children making him a people-centered person.
“I grew up the oldest of eight kids in a small town in south west, Ohio, and I think that I understand this area of the state, he said. “My wife and I have five children, five teenagers, actually, so I have spent a lot of time actually in Portsmouth over the years. I am someone who will be fair, and will make sure that everyone that comes before the court is treated fairly. I call myself a Constitutional Conservative because I believe very strongly in the principles of our Constitution, and that our courts should not stray from those principles.”
Even though there is so much emphasis on the race for the Presidential office, he said the Ohio Supreme Court race is also extremely important.
“This is an important race, and people are thinking a lot about the Presidential race and the Senate race with good reason, he said. “But we are also going to elect two new Justices in Ohio, so it is important that we elect people who are experienced, and I believe people who have Constitutional principles.”
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SIDNEY — Judge Pat DeWine attended a breakfast Monday morning at the Shelby County area National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to talk to local business owners about the upcoming race.
DeWine, 48, is running for the open six-year term justice seat on the Ohio Supreme Court at the polls on Nov. 8. He is hoping to replace retiring Justice Paul Pfeifer, who cannot run again due to age restrictions.
“It was great. It was a good chance to talk to local business owners about the race and hear about what issues are important to them, particularly from the litigation court standpoint,” said DeWine about the breakfast at the NFIB.
Currently, DeWine serves on the First District Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, and is a professor of appellate litigation at the University of Cincinnati. He served as a judge on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, was a Hamilton Board commissioner, a Cincinnati City Council member and practiced law with a large Cincinnati firm for 13 years. He had also been selected to sit by designation on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Philosophy and experience are why DeWine feels he is the best choice for the open justice seat.
“I have a judicial philosophy of being a constitutional conservative, and I believe the best place I can apply that philosophy is on the Ohio Supreme Court. It’s the court of last resort in Ohio, which means that it’s the final word for all Ohio state courts,”DeWine said.
“From an experience stand point, I am the only person running who has been both a trial court judge and a judge on the Court of Appeals,” said DeWine.
When asked how a judge should run the court, DeWine said, “I think a judge should be respectful of the people who are in front of him, as well as other judges, at the same time, it is the judge’s job to maintain order and decorum in the court room.”
“I believe judges should not legislate from the bench, but should apply the law as it is written,” DeWine said.
“I grew up working in my grandfather’s seed business and working on the family farm, so I learned early-on the value of hard work,” said DeWine about his background of growing up in the small farming community of Cedarville, Ohio.
DeWine and his wife Rhonda reside in Cincinnati and are the parents of five children. He also is the son of Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine.
“I am the father of five teenagers, so I tell people I have lots of experience at adjudicating disputes that I’ll bring to the Ohio Supreme Court,” said DeWine with a chuckle.