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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ind. Courts - More on: Supreme Court asked to intervene in election dispute

Updating this ILB entry from Saturday, Sept. 22, in the case of 45 S 00 - 0709 - OR - 00366; STATE OF INDIANA EX REL LAKE CTY BD OF ELEC -V- LAKE SUP CT, the Gary Post Tribune reports today:

The state Supreme Court has ruled: Anthony Copeland can remain on the ballot for East Chicago City Council.

The court Tuesday denied a move by three Democratic council candidates and the Lake County Election Board to get a new hearing in their fight to halt Copeland's Independent candidacy for an at-large seat.

At-large candidates Richard Medina, Myrna Maldonado and Juda Parks wanted a change of venue after Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider ruled last week that Copeland's name could appear on the November general election ballot.

Kavadias Schneider overruled the election board, which had said Copeland couldn't run as an Independent because he currently holds an at-large seat as a Democrat.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated it would not be appropriate to address the plaintiffs' argument for a change of venue, because they made the request after Kavadias Schneider ruled.

Bill Dolan of the NWI Times writes:
EAST CHICAGO | The Indiana Supreme Court is reaffirming the right of City Councilman Anthony Copeland, D-at large, to run for re-election Nov. 6 as an independent candidate.

Three city Democrats were challenging Copeland's campaign on grounds he couldn't run for a new term as an independent while continuing to hold his council seat under the Democratic party label.

The Lake County Board of Elections and Registration ruled against Copeland earlier this month and removed his name for the ballot.

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider ruled last week Copeland's political strategy is proper under state law and returned him to the ballot.

The Supreme Court, in an order dated Tuesday, refused to review Kavadias Schneider decision.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 26, 2007 07:46 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions