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Friday, May 20, 2011

Ind. Decisions - Indiana State Bar Association releases statement on Barnes decision

The ISBA, the single largest legal organization in the state, with more than 12,000 members, has just released this statement

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2011) - On May 12, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a decision in Richard L. Barnes v. State of Indiana that has resulted in threatening phone calls and emails directed toward the judiciary and law enforcement. Every day our courts issue opinions with which people disagree – even vigorously. While those who disagree with the opinion have a right to criticize it, the Indiana State Bar Association encourages that such criticism be in a respectful manner, excluding personal and inflammatory attacks on individual judges and law enforcement officials.

Our democracy depends on an independent judiciary supported in the exercise of its constitutional obligation to decide cases fairly and dispassionately. Those decisions must be made according to law, without regard to public pressure and fear of political reprisal. In the coming weeks, the Indiana Supreme Court may be asked to reconsider the decision through a petition for rehearing. The case might also be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. These are appropriate means to challenge the decision; threats and personal attacks are not.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 20, 2011 10:26 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions