Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Moyer dies at 70

From the AP:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, who was the longest-serving sitting state Supreme Court chief justice in the United States, died Friday at age 70.

Pfeifer said Moyer’s health had deteriorated over the past weeks but he was in court on Tuesday, despite looking “very ill,” and returned Wednesday looking much better. He said he was disappointed Moyer didn’t get a “very grand party” to end his more than two decades as chief justice but Moyer would’ve been proud he presided to the end of his life.

He was a terrific Justice who will be missed.

State law says “the judge having the period of longest total service upon the court shall be the acting chief justice” if the chief justice is absent or disabled. Pfeifer, considered the all-Republican court’s most liberal voice, now is the longest-serving justice on the court; he was first elected in 1993.

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