Loretta Rush

Graham to replace Rush

Nov 26, 2012

A juvenile magistrate is replacing Loretta Rush as the Tippecanoe Superior Court III judge.

Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Faith Graham to fill the opening.

Prior to serving as the juvenile magistrate, she was a Tippecanoe County deputy public defender and an adjunct faculty instructor in the criminal justice program at Ivy Tech.

It’s not known when she will begin her new role.

Rush was sworn in earlier this month as the fifth justice on the Indiana Supreme Court.

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.