I am running for the Common Pleas Court in the upcoming election. I know several lawyers who will write very negative comments about my opponent, which can be published on my election website. Is there any consequence to doing this?Samuel C. Stretton.
First, a judicial race should not be like any other race. There has to be a sense of integrity. If a judicial race becomes the subject of mud-splattering by opponents, untruthful statements and false criticism, then there can be permanent damage to the judicial institution. If false accusations are made by a judicial candidate, this undermines the awe necessary for a judicial race.