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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Ind. Courts - Changes in Tippecanoe court makeup

Ron Wilkins reports in the Lafayette Journal Courier:

Laura Zeman won her bid to be the Republican candidate for Tippecanoe Superior Court 4 judge by a 15 percentage point margin over incumbent Gregory J. Donat.

“I actually was expecting a closer result,” Zeman said Tuesday night.

“He’s a very popular, very well-liked incumbent, and a very kind and decent man. It was just time for a change. I am grateful to see the voters realize it is time for a change after 30 years of commendable work.

“It was a good run, but it’s time for a change, a new energy on the bench in there.”

In the race for Tippecanoe Circuit judge, Les Meade, currently judge in Superior 5, won with a 7 percent gap over Earl McCoy.

As he left the County Building, McCoy declined to comment. A while later, Meade showed up and was greeted by well-wishers.

“It was a very active campaign,” Meade said. “Earl spent a lot of money and had a lot of signs out. So we had to work hard to overcome that and get the message out.” * * *

The other contested GOP judge race was between Sean Persin and Dan Moore, each running for a wide-open Superior 5 seat being vacated by Meade.

The opponents took time out Tuesday to lunch together.

“The one thing I knew about this race was it was going to be close,” said Persin, who won with 53.4 percent of the vote. * * *

The Democratic Party did not have candidates running for Circuit, Superior 4 or Superior 5, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the winners of the GOP primary have a clear path to the bench. The only Democratic candidate for judge on Tuesday’s ballot was Steven Meyer. He’ll face Rebecca Trent in November for the Superior 2 seat.

The Democratic Party has until the end of June to slate candidates for the other judicial seats.

Last evening another Ron Wilkins story reported:
No charges will be filed against Tippecanoe Superior 4 Judge Gregory Donat, who used a publicly owned computer and email account to send out a campaign email on Feb. 25.

Indiana State Police investigated the incident and reported to a special prosecutor, Todd J. Meyer, the Boone County prosecutor.

Last week, Meyer filed a report to the court indicating that charges would not be filed.

"The Indiana State Police conducted a thorough and professional investigation into this matter," Meyer wrote in the report to the court. "As a result of this investigation, the State of Indiana will not prosecute this matter."

The Journal & Courier learned of the report on Tuesday. [ILB: See below]

"I appreciate that it's all behind us," Donat said Tuesday afternoon. "I hope it doesn't affect the election one way or another."

ILB: Interestingly, the ILB received a copy of Meyer's brief report on April 30th, the day it was filed. Access it here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 7, 2014 08:04 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts