Ohio Supreme Court building named for late justice


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The building housing Ohio's Supreme Court will be renamed in honor of the state's second longest-serving chief justice who died early last year.

The state Supreme Court announced Monday that the Ohio Judicial Center will be dedicated on Dec. 2 in honor of the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.

Moyer died unexpectedly after suffering gastrointestinal problems. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving current state chief justice in the country.

The Republican Moyer was lauded by lawyers as being able to set aside politics in his rulings.

Moyer also pushed to have Supreme Court justices appointed by the governor instead of elected. He had said he felt campaign contributions were "corrosive" to the process.

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