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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ind.. Courts - "Incoming St. Joseph Superior judge has passion for children's cases"

Updating this ILB entry from March 25th, the South Bend Tribune has this report on incoming judge Hurley, reported by Madeline Buckley. Some quotes:

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced the appointment Monday after calling up Hurley and telling her the news in a conversation she said she will never forget.

Hurley's appointment to the Superior Court marks Pence's first as governor.

"We had a very lovely conversation yesterday," Hurley said Tuesday. It was very meaningful to me."

She said her transition to the Superior Court is a natural one in a long career of handling criminal cases, particularly those involving children.

As the judge replacing Chamblee, Hurley will oversee many of the same kinds of criminal felony cases she used to prosecute.

She left her role as a prosecutor in 2012 when St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch appointed her as a Circuit Court magistrate.

As a magistrate, she handled mostly family law cases, which Hurley said felt like a continuation of her work with children as a prosecutor.

She oversees divorce cases, which, she said, bring a lot of emotion themselves despite not being criminal cases.

As a judge in such cases, Hurley said she works to ensure the children are subject to the least amount of collateral damage as possible. * * *

Chamblee vacates the bench March 31.

Pence will have to fill another pending vacancy when St. Joseph County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Scopelitis retires on June 3.

Hurley also made the shortlist for that vacancy, meaning the commission that sends Pence candidates to chose from will send a new name as a replacement.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 27, 2013 09:11 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts