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IN Justices hear school voucher oral arguments

Nov 21, 2012

The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in a challenge of the state’s voucher law. More than 9,000 students are participating in the two-year-old program, which allows students to attend private schools using state-funded vouchers. But nearly all of the 289 schools that accept vouchers are religious.

Indiana State Teachers Association Vice President Teresa Meredith and a group of parents and teachers filed suit against the state voucher law because they say providing state support to private, religious schools is unconstitutional.

Rush takes oath of office for IN Supreme Court

Nov 7, 2012
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Tippecanoe County is without its long-time family court judge.

Loretta Rush was sworn in Wednesday morning as the fifth justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. The ceremony was private, but a public event is set for the end of December.

The Supreme Court has named retired Montgomery County Judge Thomas Milligan as a temporary replacement. The governor will appoint a permanent Superior Court Three judge.

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The newest Indiana Supreme Court justice is from Tippecanoe County.

Governor Mitch Daniels chose Loretta Rush after a round of interviews that also included Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter and Hamilton County Judge Steven Nation.

Rush presides over Tippecanoe Superior Court Three, which is the juvenile and family court.

She has been in that position for 14-years. She practiced law in Lafayette for 15-years before that.

Rush replaces Frank Sullivan, who retired at the end of July.

Governor Mitch Daniels says he doesn’t have a set timeline for picking the next Indiana Supreme Court justice. Although, state law requires it be decided within 60 days of the finalists’ names being sent to him. That would be approximately October 9.

The finalists are Tippecanoe County Judge Loretta Rush, Hamilton County Judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter.

Daniels says all three have strong records and it will take time to interview them and deliberate before choosing.

The list of applicants to replace state Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan was reduced to three Wednesday and only one woman remains.  

The Judicial Nominating Commission narrowed the list of 22 applicants down to ten last month.  And from the ten emerged three finalists: Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation, Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Loretta Rush and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter.

Tippecanoe is one of three counties participating in a pilot program aimed at making transcribing court proceedings easier.

Indiana’s Supreme and Appellate courts are setting up video cameras in Tippecanoe’s Superior Court Three. The recordings would serve as transcripts.

Commissioner Tom Murtaugh says there is an opportunity for cost savings by cutting back on paper and labor expenses.

The video cameras are in the process of being installed. Murtaugh says they should be up and running in August.

Only one woman has sat on Indiana’s Supreme Court, but the state’s Lieutenant Governor believes a second may be named soon.

Becky Skillman says Governor Mitch Daniels would like to appoint a female justice to replace Frank Sullivan who is stepping down at the end of the year.

She says doing so would provide the court with a unique perspective and the state is better served when there is a diverse group of justices.

Governor Daniels is tasked with appointing his second justice this year.

He selected Mark Massa to replace Randall Shepard who retired last month.

Sullivan Stepping Down from IN Supreme Court

Apr 2, 2012

Indiana’s Supreme Court needs to replace another judge.

Justice Frank Sullivan announced Monday he is stepping down and will accept a position at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.

He has served on the state Supreme Court since 1993.

Sullivan’s decision comes on the same day Governor Mitch Daniel swore in the court’s newest justice, Mark Massa, who is replacing Randall Shepard.

Shepard, a native of Lafayette, retired last month.

Former state and federal prosecutor Mark Massa will replace retiring Chief Justice Randall Shepard on the Indiana Supreme Court.  

Mark Massa began his legal career as Chief Justice Shepard’s law clerk and has also spent time as Governor Mitch Daniels’ chief counsel.  Massa says he’s humbled by the appointment.

“This is a sobering responsibility and an honor that it really beyond words.”

Ex-Secretary of State Charlie White’s permanent successor is closer to being named after the Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Wednesday.