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Monday, March 06, 2017

Ind. Courts - "21 apply to succeed Rucker on Indiana Supreme Court"

Here is the NWI Time's Dan Carden's story from last Friday on the applications. Some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS — Only one person currently residing in Northwest Indiana was among the 21 lawyers and judges who applied by Friday's deadline to replace retiring Justice Robert Rucker, a Gary native, on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Attorney Jaime Oss, of LaPorte, is trying a second time to win one of the five seats on the state's high court, after not making the final cut for the 2016 vacancy that went to Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, a Crown Point native.

She is in good company.

Twelve of this year's applicants previously have submitted their names for prior Supreme Court openings, including last year's other two finalists: St. Joseph Superior Judge Steven Hostetler; and Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid.

In total, 15 men and six women applied to succeed Rucker.

Eight are judges and 13 are lawyers, including state Rep. Thomas Washburne, R-Evansville, chairman of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee.

One applicant, Andrew U.D. Straw, likely will be scratched from the list since he lives in Schaumburg, Illinois, and his Indiana law license was suspended last month by the Supreme Court for repeatedly filing what the court deemed to be "frivolous" lawsuits.

Mark Wilson of the Evansville Courier & Press had a story mentioning State Rep. Thomas Washburne's application, noting that:
This is the second time that Washburne, who was re-elected District 64 representative in November, has sought a seat on the state's highest court. He also was one of 15 finalists interviewed to replace Justice Brent Dickson, who retired in 2016.

Washburne is employed as corporate counsel for Old National Bank and has been a state representative since 2012.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 6, 2017 10:40 AM
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