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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Mitchslapped? Judge who criticized DCS facing state sanction"

Really, this column today by Douglas Walker and Keith Roysdon in the Muncie Star Press takes the cake! They speculate that somehow the charges filed last week with the Supreme Court by the Judicial Qualifications Commission against Judge Peter Nemeth of South Bend were inspired by the Daniels administration, brought on by Nemeth's criticism of the DCS:

Over the past year, with controversy growing over changes made in the operation of the Indiana Department of Child Services by its director, ex-Marion County Judge James Payne, no current judge has been more outspoken in his criticism than St. Joseph County Judge Peter Nemeth, a former South Bend mayor who has presided over his northern Indiana court for nearly two decades.

Nemeth's comments about the operation of DCS under Payne — an appointee of Gov. Mitch Daniels — have appeared in newspapers from across Indiana, including The Star Press. * * *

Some Delaware County attorneys last week speculated hard-ball politics could be a factor in Nemeth's plight. Understandably, none wanted to share their theories on the record.

If that suggestion is widely circulated, it's at least possible some Purdue University staff members might think twice before publicly airing complaints once a new administration is in place on the West Lafayette campus early next year.

Really! The column makes one incredible jump after another.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 19, 2012 04:09 PM
Posted to Indiana Government