Faculty in the News

Ohio State law professors are sought out for their expertise by a number of news media outlets and blogs with large audiences. Topics range from the death penalty to voter ID laws to artificial insemination – and our faculty members’ quotes and analysis can be found everywhere from small-town and national newspapers to radio broadcasts to cable news programs. The following is a selection of media coverage for Moritz College of Law faculty.

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Recent Media Coverage

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

November 4, 2014

Featured Expert: David Stebenne

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

Super PACs Keep Candidates Afloat With A Little Help From Their Friends

November 3, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a Huffington Post article on the impact of SuperPACs in the Michigan Senate race as well as other key races nationally.

Large contributions to super PACs from family, friends and business interests to support candidates in their home states are not entirely new. In the past two electoral cycles, donors focused on one candidate routinely created their own groups to spend solely on that one election. Dan Tojaki, an election law professor at The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, has dubbed those custom-made groups "buddy PACs."

Voter turnout for governor’s race could break record lows

October 25, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a Mansfield New Journal article on expected low voter turnout in Ohio.

“I expect (turnout) to be quite low compared to other midterm elections,because the Democrats have a weak (governor’s) candidate,” said Dan Tokaji, elections expert and professor at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

Big spending by parties, independent groups drowns airwaves in negative attacks

October 22, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a Washington Post article on the record amount of independent spending in this year's congressional races.

Independent groups are “doing a lot of the dirty work in campaigns, while at the same time making it more difficult for campaigns to control the message,” said Daniel P. Tokaji, an Ohio State University professor of election law who has studied such groups’ impact on congressional races.

GOP Group Readies 1,000-Lawyer Army for Election Day

October 22, 2014

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Ned Foley was quoted in a Bloomberg article on the chances key races will go into overtime and require recounts after the election.

"There's no perfect election, there just can't be. It's too big of a human system," says Edward B. Foley, the Director of Election Law at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. "To the extent that anything gets a little messy, that's where the lawyers come in."

Scalia, Thomas and Ginsburg Align in Sentencing Dispute

October 14, 2014

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in a National Law Journal article over the Supreme Court's decision not to grant cert in Jones v. United States.  which asked the court to rule that in deciding on a sentence, federal judges should not be able to take into consideration conduct for which the defendant was acquitted.

"Anyone (like me) hoping that Justices Sotomayor and Kagan might end up being even more committed to defendants' procedural rights at sentencing has to be deeply troubled by their disinclination to provide a fourth vote for granting cert in Jones," Berman wrote.


Wasserman Schultz says state's ID law struck down by Supreme Court

October 14, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a Politifact article on judicial rulings in Wisconsin and Texas on voter identification laws. Several Democratic candidates labeled the decision as "striking down" the laws, something Politifact called into question.

"It’s not accurate to say it was ‘struck down,’ but it’s understandable" given the New York Times headline and other media coverage, said Daniel P. Tokaji, an Ohio State University law professor and expert on election law.

Did Israel develop the doctrine behind Iraq invasion?

October 13, 2014

Featured Expert: John B. Quigley

Professor John Quigley's 2013 book, The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense, was reviewed by the Electronic Intifada.

Sex saga at firehouse a turnoff to women recruits?

October 12, 2014

Featured Expert: Martha Chamallas

Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article on a recent scandal at a city fire station and the possibility it could alienate women in the fire and police divisions.

“A highly sexualized culture sends a coercive message that, unless you play along and become part of this scene, you will not be accepted into this group and receive proper recognition,” she said. “It’s not that women don’t like sex or have affairs, but this type of environment often produces sexual harassment.”

Ohio is no battleground for House races

October 11, 2014

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a USA Today article on the lack of tight congressional races in Ohio during the November 2014 election.

Ohio's current congressional lines represent "a perfect partisan gerrymander," said Daniel Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University who is an expert on redistricting. "It's quite possible that these districts will remain controlled by the party that controls them now for the remainder of the decade, through 2022."

"The implication for voters is that the general election is a mere formality," Tokaji said. "We know the results as soon as the primary is over. ... So there's very little interest, and there's very little incentive for people to actually vote."