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. 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.