Ohio Supreme Court candidate William M. O'Neill formally contacted Justice Robert Cupp Tuesday regarding the appearance of impropriety within his campaign after recently accepting financial contributions from the Ohio electric company First Energy. The Ohio Supreme Court is set to review Energy Usage Rights later this year.
O'Neill alleges that Supreme Court Justice Cupp has violated the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct:
Canon 1 of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct mandates that "A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety, and the appearance of impropriety."
O'Neill's letter points out a flagrant disregard toward the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct and recommends a full refund of campaign contributions be made to First Energy immediately to avoid the appearance of impropriety within the Ohio Supreme Court.