Former judge leads Ohio Dems' high court primary

JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A former veteran state appeals court judge has taken a big early lead in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Ohio Supreme Court.

Sixty-four-year-old William O'Neill of Chagrin Falls had 69 percent of the vote with about 12 percent of the precincts reporting unofficial returns Tuesday. He was running ahead of Hamilton County Municipal Judge Fanon Rucker.

O'Neill had resigned from the 11th District Court of Appeals after serving for a decade ending in 2007, and had made two unsuccessful tries for Ohio's high court. The winner Tuesday will face Justice Robert Cupp in the fall.