COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Andy Douglas, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who was part of the court’s liberal “gang of four” coalition that forced changes in the state’s school-funding system, has died. He was 89.
A law partner, Paul Lafayette, said Douglas died early Thursday. Lafayette said Douglas had been in declining health for a number of years but remained mentally “super sharp” to the end.
A moderate Republican, Douglas served three six-year terms on the state Supreme Court following his election in 1984.
He stepped down in 2003 after reaching the mandatory retirement age for Ohio judges of 70.