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Friday, September 18, 2009

Ind. Decisions - ISBA comments in connection with voter ID decision [Updated]

The Indiana State Bar Association's just released statement on Gov. Daniels' comments in connection with the voter ID decision:

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Indiana League of Women Voters v. Rokita, the “voter ID” case, and Gov. Mitch Daniels commented on the decision and the judges who heard the case. While the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) recognizes that Gov. Daniels has championed the cause of judicial independence, the State Bar is nevertheless compelled to emphasize that comments such as those attributed to the governor are not helpful in advancing appropriate respect for the courts and the judicial process, and honoring the separation of powers doctrine.

The ISBA respects the governor’s, and every citizen’s, right to disagree with the decision. There are rules, however, that govern judicial conduct and appropriate procedures for dealing with complaints about the judiciary. Comments about individual judges are not the way to express disagreement with any court opinion.
For background, start with this ILB entry from earlier today.

[Updated at 5:52 PM] The Chicago Tribune has posted this AP story, headed "Bar Association slaps Daniels for judge criticism":

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Bar Association says Gov. Mitch Daniels was out of line in his criticism of Court of Appeals judges who struck down the state's voter ID law.

Daniels called the 3-0 ruling "preposterous" and transparently partisan Thursday. He also said the ruling was by a judge who had been reversed before and he expected would be again. Judge Patricia A. Riley wrote the decision.

The Bar Association said in a statement Friday that there are rules that govern judicial conduct and that comments about individual judges are "not the way to express disagreement with any court opinion."

Daniels, an attorney, is an inactive member of the Indiana Bar.

A spokesman for Daniels declined to respond to the statement.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 18, 2009 04:00 PM
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