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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ind. Courts - "Justice O’Connor argues against electing judges in St. Joseph County"

Jeff Parrot reports this afternoon in the South Bend Tribune:

SOUTH BEND — Although she fears it might already be too late, retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor today came to town to urge Indiana lawmakers to preserve St. Joseph County’s merit selection system for picking trial court judges.

"The judiciary must be capable of operating above politics if it’s going to serve its function of making impartial decisions about legal issues that come before them," O’Connor told a crowd of nearly 500, mostly attorneys, who packed the Palais Royale ballroom.

Her remarks came as an Indiana General Assembly conference committee negotiates details of a bill, passed last week by the Senate and in February by the House, that would, for the first time since 1973, require the county’s Superior Court judges to be popularly elected.

The bill is HB 1491; see most recent ILB entry here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 22, 2009 02:52 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts