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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court affirms Keller's election to Indianapolis council seat

Near the end of the Indianapolis Star's "Behind Closed Doors" solumn today is this:

It's official (finally). About 16 months after voters headed to the polls, the Indiana Supreme Court on Friday announced that Republican Scott Keller indeed defeated Democratic incumbent Karen Horseman in the City-County Council's 16th District, east of Downtown.

Keller has been serving on the council since January 2004, but Horseman had challenged her surprise three-vote loss.

Council control was not in jeopardy, as Democrats already have a 15-14 edge.

The suit was the last of many filed in relation to the highly contentious 2003 council elections.

As I hadn't seen an opinion Friday, I checked the Court's docket, where I found this quote from the Feb. 11th order:
WE NOW AFFIRM THE GENERAL JUDGMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT AFFIRMING THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION IN KELLER'S FAVOR. THE COURT INTENDS TO ISSUE IN DUE COURSE A MORE EXTENSIVE OPINION REFLECTING THE REASONING. HOWEVER, BECAUSE SUBSTANTIAL TIME ELASPED BEFORE THIS CASE REACHED THE COURT, AND BECAUSE THIS INVOLVES AN ELECTION FOR A PUBLIC OFFICE HELD FIFTEEN MONTHS AGO, THE COURT DETERMINED A BRIEF ORDER CONVEYING ITS ULTIMATE DECISION SHOULD BE ISSUED IMMEDIATELY, SO AS TO PERMIT THE CITY-COUNTY COUNCIL TO GO ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF LOCAL GOVERNANCE FREE FROM THE CONTINUING CLOUD OVER THE DISTRICT 15 SEAT CREATED BY THIS APPEAL.
RANDALL T. SHEPARD, CHIEF JUSTICE
ALL JUSTICES CONCUR.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 13, 2005 11:21 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions