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Saturday, September 22, 2007

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

From the Gary Post-Tribune:

EAST CHICAGO -- Anthony Copeland's on-again, off-again independent run for the East Chicago City Council is headed to the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the Lake County Election Board and three Democratic City Council candidates fighting to keep Copeland off the ballot have asked the Supreme Court to intervene to expedite the legal fight.

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider issued a temporary and permanent injunction Monday allowing Copeland's name to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate for the at-large council seat.

The judge's ruling reversed that of the election board, which ruled Copeland, who now holds an at-large seat as a Democrat, couldn't run as an independent because he was a Democratic officeholder at the time.

Kenneth Reed, attorney for the other candidates -- Richard Medina, Myrna Maldonado and Juda Parks -- argued Kavadias Schneider only had jurisdiction to issue a temporary injunction. Reed also wants the Supreme Court to grant a change of venue for a follow-up hearing on the issue.

The Clerk's Docket lists this case as: Case Number: 45 S 00 - 0709 - OR - 00366; STATE OF INDIANA EX REL LAKE CTY BD OF ELEC -V- LAKE SUP CT

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 22, 2007 11:19 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts