|Current Court Information:|
|Ohio Supreme Court|
|Position:||Term commencing 1/2/2013|
|Past position:||Ohio Third District Court of Appeals Judge|
|Undergraduate:||Ohio Northern University, 1973|
|Law School:||Ohio Northern's Pettit College of Law, 1976|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
- See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2012
Ohio State Bar Association ratings
In June and September, the Ohio State Bar Association rated Cupp as "Highly Recommended" according to eight criteria: legal knowledge and ability; professional competence; judicial temperament; integrity; diligence; health; personal responsibility; and public/community service.
- The Plain Dealer. To read the endorsement, see: The Plain Dealer, Editorial: "Plain Dealer endorses Ohio Supreme Court incumbents McGee Brown, Cupp and O'Donnell," October 20, 2012.
- The Columbus Dispatch. To read the endorsement, see: The Columbus Dispatch, "For Ohio Supreme Court," October 7, 2012.
- Toledo Blade. To read the endorsement, see: The Toledo Blade, "For Ohio Supreme Court," October 4, 2012.
- The Youngstown Vindicator. To read the endorsement, see: Vindy.com, "For the Ohio Supreme Court: McGee Brown, Cupp, O'Donnell," October 24, 2012.
Prior to his election to the Ohio Supreme Court in November 2006, Robert R. Cupp served on the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming a judge, Cupp served 16 years as a member of the Ohio Senate, from 1985 to 2000.
Before his election to the legislature, Bob served as a Lima City Prosecutor and Assistant Director of Law from 1976 to 1980. He served as Allen County Commissioner from 1981 to 1984 and 2001 to 2002. He also engaged in the private practice of law from 1983 to 2002.
Awards and associations
- Distinguished Service Award, Ohio State Bar Association
- Robert E. Hughes Memorial Award, Ohio Association of Elected Officials
- Past president, Black Swamp Area Boy Scout Council
- Member, Lima County Rotary Club
- Board of trustees, Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association
Cupp defeated opponent Ben Espy, winning 53.22% of the vote.
From January 1 to October 4, 2006, Cupp raised twice as much ($777,426) as his opponent Ben Espy ($380,919). The Partnership for Ohio’s Future, the affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, raised $1,291,500 and spent $1,285,140 on “electioneering communication.” These television advertisements praised Robert Cupp and Terrence O'Donnell. More than 60% of money spent on these ads was contributed to the Partnership by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce ($165,000) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($634,000). Insurance companies contributed an additional $405,000.
For a full list of Judge Cupp's campaign contributions, visit Follow The Money.
The Ohio Supreme Court in December 2007 in Arbino v. Johnson & Johnson, upheld caps on damages in personal injury lawsuits in a 5-2 decision. The decision upheld a law approved by the legislature in 2004 that limited jury awards for pain and suffering, mental anguish and other non-economic damages to $350,000 unless the injured person lost a limb or bodily organ. The court also upheld a cap that limited punitive damages to twice the amount of damages awarded as compensation for injuries. Cupp agreed with the majority's opinion but wrote a separate concurrence.
Death penalty, 2008
Clifton White III, who killed the mothers of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in 1995, cannot be executed because he is mentally retarded, the court ruled in an unanimous decision. The court said White qualifies under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2002 that it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment for governments to execute mentally challenged inmates.
"The mentally retarded are not necessarily devoid of all adaptive skills," wrote Cupp in the court's decision. "Indeed, they may look relatively normal in some areas and have certain significant limitations in other areas. Mildly retarded persons can play sports, write, hold jobs, and drive. In this case, the trial court failed to set forth any rational basis grounded in the evidence for rejecting the uncontradicted testimony of two qualified expert witnesses in the field of psychology."
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. Cupp received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.88, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more 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.
- Ohio Supreme Court, Justice Robert R. Cupp
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Robert R. Cupp (OH)
- SalemNews.net, "Candidates: Supreme Court justices should honor state Constitution," October 21, 2012
- Toledo Blade, "Incumbent Cupp stresses his background, experience for Ohio Supreme Court," October 14, 2012
- Media Trackers, "Supreme Court Candidates Discuss Judicial Philosophy," October 8, 2012
- The-Daily-Record.com, "Incumbent justices talk about Supreme Court," March 26, 2012
- Business First, "Ohio Supreme Court OKs waiting period before maternity leave," June 22, 2010
- The Morning Journal, "Justice Robert Cupp meets students," April 21,2010 (video)
- Robert R. Cupp Bio
- Ohio Secretary of State, Official Results: 2012 General Election
- Dayton Daily News, "Senate and Ohio Supreme Court candidates certified," January 5, 2012
- Ohio State Bar Association, Candidate ratings for the 2012 Supreme Court of Ohio election, June 6, 2012
- Ohio State Bar Association, OSBA Supreme Court of Ohio Candidate Ratings for the 2012 Election, September 27, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Robert R. Cupp (OH)
- Ohio Secretary of State, 2006 Official Election Results
- Ohio Citizen: Contributions to Ohio Supreme Court Candidates
- The Plain Dealer, "Ohio personal injury caps upheld," December 27, 2007
- The Plain Dealer, "Supreme Court rules that Akron man is mentally retarded, can't be executed," April 9, 2008
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012