Ohio Supreme Court justice offers the worst response to Al Franken allegations

Ohio Supreme Court justice offers the worst response to Al Franken allegations

Ohio Supreme Court justice offers the worst response to Al Franken allegations

A law professor who studies judicial ethics told cleveland.com Friday afternoon that Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill's Facebook post on his sexual history pushes the ethical boundaries of what a judge can and should say while he or she is in on the bench.

Candidate Connie Pillich tweeted that while O'Neill has been a friend and donated to her campaign, he "should resign" and she will be "donating his contributions to orgs helping women".

O'Neill says the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations and his belief that the story line was taking accounts of people's "sexual indiscretions" too far. He described them as "approximately 50 very attractive females".

Stay tuned to WKYC Channel 3 at 6 p.m. for all the latest on Justice O'Neill's post.

"We're having a serious national conversation about rape culture and sexual harassment, and it's crucial for men to take time to listen to women and consider their experiences and insights", Pepper wrote on Twitter, adding: "Justice O'Neill's Facebook comments both dehumanize women and do nothing but trivialize this important conversation, which is actually about harassment and abuse, not encounters between consenting adults". Al Franken of sexual harassment Thursday.

O'Neill was already creating controversy by remaining on the Ohio Supreme Court while running for governor.

While it is clear O'Neill was referring to "a gorgeous personal secretary" who worked for Senator Taft, the language reads like he is listing Taft along with the secretary, which led Slate to report O'Neill's "inadvertent" claim he slept with Senator Taft.

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Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the first woman to hold that position, also condemned the post.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said it was a "crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best". He called the post "disturbing and misguided" and said he had no prior knowledge O'Neill was making it.

He also said his media representative resigned.

"I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago", the justice wrote in his post.

He went on to say he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females" during the last 50 years. He even inadvertently said he had slept with a USA senator!

Contacted by the local press, O'Neill said he stood by his public statement.

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