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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "3 Democrats file suit challenging redistricting plan approved by Mayor Ballard"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 13th, Jon Murray reports today in the Indianapolis Star:

The Marion County clerk’s office has selected a Republican judge to replace another who recused himself from a five-judge panel chosen to hear City-County Council Democrats’ redistricting challenge.

Marion Superior Court Judge Robert Altice was chosen to replace Judge Theodore Sosin on Monday through a random electronic process, said Angie Nussmeyer, spokeswoman for Clerk Beth White.

Sosin filed an order of recusal on Friday, removing himself from the case for undisclosed reasons. His order only generally cites an Indiana trial rule that requires recusal or disqualification of a judge based on a range of conflicts of interest. Reached today by email, Sosin declined to discuss his reason for his recusal in more detail.

Altice joins a panel of Marion Superior Court civil judges that has one other Republican, Cynthia Ayers, and three Democrats: Heather Welch, who is presiding over the case; Thomas Carroll; and James Osborn.

All of them have potential conflicts in a case as politically fraught as one concerning council redistricting, but state law governing redistricting challenges in Marion County specifically hands the case to such a panel.

ILB: Here is the applicable provision, IC 36-3-4-3.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 27, 2013 08:48 AM
Posted to Indiana Government