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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ind. Courts - Updates on Supreme Court vacancy; new tax court vacancy

How close is Gov. Daniels to picking a new Supreme Court justice? Not close, according to this story published Aug. 12th by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The story concludes:

Daniels said he does not know any of the three finalists but believes that the process to select the three was fair.

He will meet with them all but has not yet done so.

More from the story:
Daniels has 60 days to make his appointment. The clock started running Aug. 5 when the judicial qualifications panel formally sent three recommendations to Daniels.
The story points out that out of 19 women and 14 men who applied, only one woman made the final three. More:
Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday that he would like to use his first Supreme Court appointment to put a woman on the bench but not at the expense of qualifications and judicial philosophy.

“It would be gratifying (to appoint a woman), but it cannot be the controlling factor,” he said.

"Judge of tax court to leave: His 1996 ruling led to home value shift" i the headline to reporter Kelly's Aug. 13th story in the FWJG. Some quotes:
Indiana Tax Court Judge Thomas G. Fisher announced Thursday he is stepping down from the bench effective Jan. 1.

Fisher, the state’s first tax court judge, is best known for the 1996 ruling in which he declared Indiana’s system of assessing property for tax purposes unconstitutional.

As a result, Indiana adopted fair-market value standards, which have increased property taxes substantially for many older homes throughout the state.

Fisher, 70, was appointed judge of the Indiana Tax Court in 1986 by then-Gov. Robert Orr. He previously was Jasper County prosecutor and also maintained a private law practice in Remington for 21 years.

“Those who worked to create the Indiana Tax Court in 1986 hoped that our state would benefit from thoughtful and predictable application of the tax laws. The energy and superb craftsmanship of Judge Thomas Fisher have made this come true,” Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said. * * *

The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will search for Fisher’s successor. Candidates will be interviewed Sept. 27 for the first time, with a second round of interviews Oct. 27.

The commission will send the names of three candidates to Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will select Indiana’s next tax court judge.

Daniels is currently contemplating whom to select from among three finalists to replace retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm.

Here is the press release announcing Judge Fisher's retirement.

No application forms have yet been posted for the tax court opening.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 14, 2010 04:02 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts | Vacancy on Supreme Ct