Adjourned: Governor Orders Flags to Half-Staff following Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer death

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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) – Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer has died.

According to the Supreme Court of Ohio the Chief Justice had been experiencing health problems, but they were not thought to be life threatening.

He was admitted to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus late Thursday morning, and he was pronounced dead Friday afternoon.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland released the following statement on the passing of Chief Justice Moyer.

"I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and Ohio's Chief Justice, Thomas Moyer. I was honored when Tom swore me in as governor. That was the beginning of a warm and close working relationship - the kind of mutually respectful relationship you always envision leaders of different branches of government having. But that was Tom: dignified, respectful, thoughtful and always concerned for the well-being of others. It was never about him. Tom unselfishly served the people of Ohio for so many years. I know he was very much looking forward to his retirement, but he loved what he did. In recent years, he was a leader and a partner in Ohio's bipartisan efforts to fight foreclosure and to take a serious and comprehensive look at corrections reform. He spoke passionately and convincingly for reducing the influence of money in judicial elections.

"This is a sad time for Tom's family and the people of Ohio. Frances and I offer our deepest condolences to his wife Mary, their family, his colleagues and the many Ohioans he served during his distinguished tenure as the longest-serving chief justice in the United States."

In honor of the life and service of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio upon sunrise on Monday, April 5 until sunset the day of the Chief Justice's burial.

On This 2nd Day of April, 2010
Ted Strickland

Moyer had been Chief Justice since 1987.

The Sandusky native led the way in providing substance abuse treatment to nonviolent offenders and he was the longest-serving state chief justice in the United States.

He was 70-years old.

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