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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Judge's view of Lake Juvenile Court dispute is no love letter"

That is the headline to this story posted last evening in the NWI Times, reported by Bill Dolan. It begins:

CROWN POINT | A contest among Lake Superior Courts judges over who should take over the juvenile justice complex has gotten personal.

One of those judges has accused former Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura of not only disrespecting fellow judges but also privately angling to put one of her favorites on the juvenile bench — in contradiction of her public call for the new Juvenile Court judge to be chosen by merit selection.

Superior Court Judge Jesse Villalpando penned that opinion in a March 13 letter he wrote to Chief Superior Court Judge John Pera, which was recently obtained by The Times. In it, Villalpando compliments Pera for how he represented him and other judges in opposing Bonaventura in a dispute over who should be the next Lake Juvenile judge.

The story links to a copy of the 3-page letter, which begins:
Against my better instincts I am articulating my thoughts regarding your letter of March 11, 2013 to Justice Robert Rucker. In a word: Congratulations.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 28, 2013 09:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts