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LIMA — An appellate court judge from Columbus was in town Friday testing the waters for a potential Ohio Supreme Court run.Judge Judith French of the 10th District Court of Appeals spoke to local Republicans at its monthly luncheon telling them she believes a judge should, at the most, interpret law and not legislate from the bench.“Maybe you don’t even interpret, you just read the law,” she said.French is putting her name out there as a potential Republican candidate in the Spring primary for the state’s highest court. The winner of that primary would go on to challenge Justice Yvette McGee Brown, the only Democrat on the court, in November 2012.French said she supports a conservative philosophy. The Columbus attorney served as legal counsel to former Gov. Bob Taft before she was elected to the appellate court in 2004. She also served as an deputy attorney general under Betty Montgomery at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. One of her biggest cases dealt with Cleveland school vouchers. She eventually argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. She said the case was not about religion, it was about parents wanting to send their children to safe schools.As a judge now, a big part of her job is to read, she said.“What we do as appellate judges is study,” she said.She even had a joke after seeing Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bob Cupp in the audience. “I was not nervous until I saw Justice Cupp, but he reviews my work all the time so why not my speech?” she said. French said being a judge on the state’s highest court is an enormous responsibility that affects everyone in the state. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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