The longest serving woman justice on the Ohio Supreme Court is stepping down at the end of the year. Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton says she wants more time and more freedom to speak out on causes that concern her, such as mental health issues in the courts and changes in the juvenile justice system. Stratton says she’d been thinking about retiring for a while, but is doing it now to give her successor a chance to run successfully in two years.
Stratton’s term doesn’t end until the beginning of 2015, and she says she hasn’t recommended anyone to Gov. John Kasich to replace her. She’s one of six Republicans on the seven-member court. Stratton says there was no sudden reason for her departure, but says she made the announcement now because rumors were circulating that she was leaving.