On multiple occasions Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has criticized his Democratic opponent David Pepper for lacking experience, claiming Pepper has a “lack of courtroom knowledge” andprecious little experience in any kind of serious litigation.”   

Funny stuff when you realize that Mike DeWine “was not allowed to practice law from Sept. 15, 1997, until April 10, 2007″ because his Ohio law license was inactive, according to today’s Plain Dealer.  

This may help explain the every growing list of legal mistakes DeWine has made since taking office as attorney general, including allowing troopers to operate on non-state property, declaring that Ohio’s voting restrictions were actually constitutional and claiming witnesses of the Steubenville rape were not actually breaking the law by not intervening or reporting the crime.

David Pepper, a graduate of Yale Law School, has been practicing law in Ohio since being admitted to the bar in 1999, including stints with Squire Sanders and Blank Rome.   According to his campaign website,  Pepper also “served as an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati’s School of Law, teaching election law and voting rights and overseeing an independent study on districting reform.”