The state Bar Association says Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp must go beyond distancing himself from an ad accusing his opponent of sympathizing with rapists
and publicly demand the Ohio Republican Party take it off the air. In a letter released today, Bar Association Chair Maxine Thomas tells Cupp the ad violates his clean-campaign pledge and harms the integrity of the judicial system. The association's Advertising Monitoring Committee made the determination at a meeting held Thursday to review the ad. The spot states that Democrat Bill O'Neill "expressed sympathy for rapists" as an appellate judge. Cupp has called the ad inappropriate.