|Current Court Information:|
|Ohio Supreme Court|
|Past position:||Attorney, Private practice|
|Past position 2:||State Senator, Ohio State Senate|
|Past term 2:||1976-1992|
|Undergraduate:||The Ohio State University, 1963|
|Law School:||The Ohio State University, 1966|
Paul E. Pfeifer is a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. Pfeifer was first elected to the court in 1992, and he took office on January 2, 1993. He was retained by voters in 1998, 2004 and 2010. Pfeifer's current term expires on January 1, 2017.
- 1993-2017: Justice, Ohio Supreme Court
- 1976-1992: State Senator, Ohio State Senate
- 1973-1976: Assistant Prosecutor, Crawford County
- 1972-1992: Attorney, Cory, Brown and Pfeifer
- 1971-1972: Representative, Ohio House of Representatives
- 1966-1971: Assistant Attorney General, Ohio
Death penalty in Ohio
In 2010, Pfeifer said that all cases for inmates on Ohio's Death Row should be reviewed to determine which ones could be converted to life in prison without parole. It is his opinion that "[t]he only reason we have a death penalty is society demands retribution. . . . I never made the argument that it was a deterrent. You can't prove it with numbers."
One interesting aspect of Pfeifer's recent statements is that he was one of the state senators to bring back the law allowing the death penalty in 1981, after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.
- Main article: Ohio judicial elections, 2010
|Paul Pfeifer||Yes||Term commencing January 2, 1999||Republican||71.4%|
|Ronald Suster||No||Term commencing January 2, 1999||Democratic||28.6%|
Pfeifer defeated John T. Patton with 53% of the vote.
|Paul Pfeifer||No||Term commencing on January 2, 1993||Republican||53.0%|
|John T. Patton||No||Term commencing on January 2, 1993||Democratic||47.0%|
The complete list of contributions for all of Pfeifer's campaigns may be found at: Follow The Money
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Pfeifer received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.26, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 0.62 that justices received in Ohio. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Justice Paul E. Pfeifer's Weekly Column
- Wikipedia.org, Paul Pfeifer, accessed July 4, 2013
- The Plain Dealer, "Ohio Supreme Court clarifies rules on 'John Doe' lawsuits," June 8, 2010
- The Plain Dealer, "Ohio Supreme Court delivers victory for business and defeat for injured workers; Justice Paul Pfeifer dissents," March 23, 2010
- The Plain Dealer, "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer urges lawmakers to repeal death penalty in Ohio," December 14, 2011
- The Supreme Court of Ohio, Senior Associate Justice Paul E. Pfeifer
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Paul E. Pfeifer (OH)
- Columbus Dispatch, "Death Row cases should be reviewed, justice says," May 15, 2010
- The Plain Dealer "Ohioans will elect first new chief justice in 24 years," February 18, 2010
- Toledo Blade "Strickland eyes court balance," February 3, 2010
- Ohio Secretary of State, Election Results 2004, Justice of the Supreme Court
- Ohio Secretary of State, Election Results 1998, Supreme Court Justice
- Ohio Secretary of State, Election Results 1992, Supreme Court Justice
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012