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Judith L. French

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Judith L. French
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Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Appointed byJohn Kasich
Preceded byEvelyn Lundberg Stratton
Judge of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals
In office
September, 2004 – December 2012
Appointed byBob Taft
Preceded byMichael H. Watson
Personal details
Born (1962-08-22) August 22, 1962 (age 56)
Sebring, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ed Skeens
ResidenceGrandview Heights, Ohio
Alma mater

Judith L. French (born August 22, 1962) is an American jurist. She was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor John Kasich, to replace Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, who resigned. A graduate of The Ohio State University, she previously served as a judge of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals.

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Have you heard the one about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Territory? Thomas Jefferson, author of The Declaration of Independence, was not a fan of the new constitution presented in 1787. He was very worried that The Constitution gave too much power to the new, national government, and not enough power to the states, an issue known as "big government". Jefferson only reluctantly agreed to support it when his friend, James Madison, promised to propose a bill of rights after it was ratified. But Jefferson's fears about big government did not go away. For example, Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, proposed a national bank in 1790, and Jefferson knew there was no provision in The Constitution to permit such a thing. Hamilton claimed some sort of implied powers mumbo-jumbo. Sure, it wasn't written in The Constitution, but The Constitution implied that it could be done. But, Jefferson wasn't buying it. Nonetheless, the bank was established by Hamilton and President Washington. When Jefferson was sworn in as President in 1801, he pledged to reduce the size and scope of the national government. But, of course, things didn't go exactly as he had planned. Spain secretly transferred the Louisiana Territory to France right beneath Jefferson's nose. When Congress found out, they quickly began discussions with France to buy a piece of the territory along the Mississippi River for about $2 million. But, there was one little problem: Jefferson knew there was no provision in The Constitution to buy foreign territory. So what was a strict constructionist to do? First, he tried to get an amendment to The Constitution passed that would expressly permit the purchase, but Congress wasn't willing to do it. Then, without permission, the U.S. negotiators in France cut a deal for all of the territory for a cool $15 million dollars. That new land doubled the size of the nation! Now Jefferson was really stuck. He knew that the territory would be a great acquisition for the country, providing lots of new land for farmers and other settlers, but how could he constitutionally justify it? In the end, Jefferson turned to the argument used by his old foe Alexander Hamilton. He claimed that the power to purchase the territory is implied in The Constitution's treaty-making power. This was the exact argument that he had mocked openly a decade before, so it must have crushed his pride to have to use it. But more importantly, he may have committed the biggest big government play ever! How ironic is it that one of the biggest opponents of big government doubled the size of the young country and did so while openly questioning its constitutionality? At $15 million, which is about three cents an acre, it has been called by many the greatest real estate deal in the history of the United States.



Judith L. French graduated from Ohio State University in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.[1][2][3] In 1988 she earned a Master's Degree in History (Military History & Strategic Studies) from the same university, and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The Ohio State University College of Law, now known as the Moritz College of Law.[1][2][3]

Legal career

Supreme Court

In May, 2012, Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton announced she would retire at the end of 2012.[5] On December 20, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed French to Stratton's unexpired term, which ran through January 1, 2015, effective January 1, 2013.[6][7] No replacement was announced that day for French on the appeals court.[6] French ran for election in 2014.[8] During a campaign rally, French stated that she would serve as a "backstop" to the decisions of GOP officeholders. French later defended her remarks, arguing that they did not violate the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct, which states that judicial candidates have a special obligation to ensure that the judicial system is viewed as nonpartisan.[8]


Judith L. French is a Republican, and 50 years old at the time of her appointment.[6] She is a resident of Grandview Heights, Ohio,[7] and is a native of Sebring, Ohio.[9] She is married to Franklin County Common Pleas Magistrate Ed Skeens,[6][4] and has two children.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kasich.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Judgepedia.
  3. ^ a b c d e Tenth District.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Moritz.
  5. ^ Cleveland.
  6. ^ a b c d Dispatch.
  7. ^ a b This Week.
  8. ^ a b Ludlow, Randy (28 October 2014). "Justice French defends 'backstop' comment at GOP rally". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ Wkbn.


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Preceded by
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Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
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