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Friday, October 19, 2012

Ind. Courts - New Justice Steven David retention website

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, who is running for retention by the voters in the November general election, now has a website, JusticeStevenDavid.com. This is a first in Indiana, at least as far as the Supreme and Appellate Courts are concerned.

There have been several stories in the press this month stating that Justice David is facing a retention challenge. As noted in this Oct. 3rd ILB entry:

ILB: The Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct, CANON 4's overall title reads: "A Judge or Candidate for Judicial Office Shall Not Engage in Political or Campaign Activity That is Inconsistent with the Independence, Integrity, or Impartiality of the Judiciary."

However, Rule 4.4 of the Canon permits "a candidate for retention who has met active opposition, [to] establish a campaign committee to manage and conduct a campaign for the candidate."

The ILB has not yet seen any reports of creation of a Justice David campaign committee and if it is mentioned on the new website, I missed it.

This Oct. 11th AP story was the report most focused on the David challenge.

The Indiana Court's "Judicial Retention 2012" site does not contain a link to Justice David's new website.

[MORE] A "whois" check shows that the site registrar is GODADDY.COM, LLC and that the domain name "justicestevendavid.com" was registered Oct. 4, 2012.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 19, 2012 12:39 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts