In a harshly worded letter, Retired Judge William O'neill today demanded that Justices Cupp and O'Donnell "stop sitting on their $44,000.00 contributors' cases."
Judge William O'Neill and Senator Michael Skindell, candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court, are demanding that Justices Robert Cupp and Terrence O'Donnell recuse themselves from all future First Energy Cases.
"The First Energy Family has contributed more than $44,000.00 into re-election campaigns for Justices Cupp and O'Donnell this year alone," O'Neill said. "It is simply wrong for them to continue sitting on First Energy cases."
The Ohio Supreme Court is currently considering a case in which 300,000 First Energy Customers are seeking to sue the corporation for fraud. The 11th District Court of Appeals earlier ruled in favor of the consumers. First Energy is now asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse that ruling.
"This could easily be a billion dollar case," O'Neill said. "And the public has a right to know that the ruling was not purchased by one side or another."
In 2012, First Energy has been involved in four matters before the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court ruled in favor of the corporation in all four cases.
"Individuals across the state of Ohio have tried to, and continue to try to, stand up to First Energy Corporation, and in every instance Justices Cupp and O'Donnell have struck them down," Judge O'Neill said. "What they're doing here is just wrong and everybody knows it."
Judge O'Neill and Senator Skindell have joined together to urge the Justices to 'Recuse or Refuse' in this instance.
"This is a two-man wrecking crew at work on the integrity of the judiciary of Ohio," Judge O'Neill said. "They must stop sitting on cases in which named litigants have contributed to their campaigns."