Alice Robie Resnick

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Alice Robie Resnick
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Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 2, 1989 – January 1, 2007
Preceded by Ralph S. Locher
Succeeded by Robert Cupp
Personal details
Born 1939 (age 74–75)
Erie, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Melvin L. Resnick
Residence Toledo, Ohio
Alma mater Siena Heights University, University of Detroit Mercy

Alice Robie Resnick (Born 1939 in Erie, Pennsylvania)[1] is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. In 1988, she was the second woman in Ohio elected and third to serve on the state bench, and was reelected in 1994 and 2000.[2] Her career has included experience as a private attorney, assistant county prosecutor, municipal judge, and as a judge on the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

One of her most controversial opinions was the 4-3 majority ruling that Ohio's school funding system was unconstitutional. Some of her other opinions angered the Ohio Republicans, as well as the some members of business special interests, particularly the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

In 2000, she was opposed by Terrence O'Donnell, in a massive, though unsuccessful, campaign. The successor to Citizens for a Strong Ohio, an arm of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, was disciplined by the Ohio Elections Commission for its illegal use of anonymous corporate donors to pay for an unsuccessful bid to unseat Justice Resnick in the 2000 election. It was revealed in 2005 that the Chamber's subsidiary organization spent $4.2 million in illegal contributions to bankroll a statewide media campaign claiming that with Justice Resnick "justice was for sale." Terrence O'Donnell, her opponent, was later appointed to fill an uncompleted term on the Supreme Court of Ohio.

On January 31, 2005, she was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for DUI. Several motorists had used cell phones to call in a Jeep Grand Cherokee showing erratic driving. State police confronted her in a gas station and she refused a field sobriety test, resulting in the one-year automatic suspension of her license. After refusal, she ignored police orders to remain at the gas station and drove off. She was pulled over a few minutes later and failed a sobriety test. Justice Resnick registered a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit in the state of Ohio. A dashboard camera recorded the incident, and much of the audio showing Justice Resnick trying to use her office to get out of the DUI charge appeared on the internet. She was convicted of DUI, a first degree misdemeanor, required to take a three-day alcohol education program, and her license was suspended for six months, overriding the automatic suspension of one year. She was not charged with failure to comply with a police officer, resisting arrest, or fleeing from police. A new state law also implemented a mandatory jail sentence for offenders who refuse a sobriety test and show greater than a 0.17 BAC. The incident and penalty sparked a wave of public criticism, especially after portions of the 90-minute videotape surfaced on various internet video websites. [3][4][5][6]

On January 17, 2006, Resnick announced that she would not seek a fourth term, thus stepping down from the bench on January 1, 2007.

Resnick was selected in 1995 to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.[1]

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