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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ind. Courts - Any four-fers or even three-fers in Indiana? [Updated]

Remember this post headline from Dec. 26th: "Ind. Courts - Who will replace Magistrate Graham who replaced Judge Rush who replaced Justice Sullivan on the Supreme Court?" But this was not really a three-fer for Governor Daniels, as he did not select Judge Graham's new magistrate.

This came to mind this morning when I read this post from the State Bar of Michigan Blog, headed "Michigan Supreme Court Vacancy: Has The Game of Dominoes Changed?" that begins:

In the world of filling judicial vacancies, the top play in Michigan has been a four-fer: a Court of Appeals judge appointed to fill a Supreme Court vacancy; a circuit or probate judge appointed to fill that newly-created Court of Appeals vacancy; a district court judge appointed to fill the circuit or probate vacancy; and a brand new judge minted to fill the district court vacancy. Former Gov. John Engler was known for his mastery of this form of dominoes. (Example of a notable three-fer: appointment of Stephen Markman to fill the seat of retiring Justice Jim Brickley; appointment of Donald Owens to fill the Court of Appeals seat thus vacated by Markman; appointment of Richard Garcia to the Ingham Probate Court seat vacated by Owens. Hat tip to the first reader who correctly identifies the appointees of a Michigan four-fer.)

But this MiLW Blog post suggests that the days of high-rolling appointment dominoes may be over.

Can anyone remember any gubernatorial four-fers or even three-fers in Indiana judicial history?

[Update at 11:08 am]
Prof. Joel Schumm writes:
It would have to be someone elevated to the Supreme Court from the Court of Appeals, which in the merit selection era has been only Rucker. I believe he was replaced by Vaidik, and I assume O'Bannon then appointed her trial court replacement.

What I found most interesting in that post was the planned reduction from 28 to 24 judges.
ILB: Indeed. The long SBMBlog entry continues:
But this MiLW Blog post suggests that the days of high-rolling appointment dominoes may be over. Public Act 40 of 2012 (MCL 600. 303a) reduced the number of Court of Appeals seats from 28 to 24, with the reductions to be triggered by attrition ...
Read it in full here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 16, 2013 10:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts