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Friday, August 09, 2013

Ind. Courts - More on "Judicial magistrates and veteran trial lawyers among 11 men and women hoping to be the next Lake Criminal Court judge"

Updating this ILB entry from July 25th, Ruth Ann Krause of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:

The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission selected three applicants from a field of 11 who are seeking the post of Lake Superior Court judge of the criminal division.

Samuel Cappas, Timothy Ormes and Michael Pagano are the nominees who will be submitted by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker to Gov. Mike Pence on Monday or Tuesday.

The nine-member commission spent a full day Thursday conducting interviews with the candidates, then voted for five. Because of a tie, there were six nominees whose qualifications were discussed further before the final vote that narrowed the selection to three.

Questions posed by the commission ranged from the reason they wanted the position to ways to improve efficiency, reign in costs and address the heavy caseload that has clogged the dockets with the transfer of Class D felonies to the criminal division.

Cappas, who was the top vote-getter, has been both a deputy prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He also has served as a judge pro tem, including for lengthy periods.

Ormes also has experience prosecuting and defending criminals and is a Lake County public defender while maintaining a private practice.

Pagano, a magistrate in Lake Superior Court county division, had a private practice before he took the bench 10 years ago.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 9, 2013 10:10 AM
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