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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vacancy On Supreme Court 2017 - Day 1: Report On Interview #8, Mr. Stephen R. Creason

This is Prof. Joel Schumm's report on the 8th interview of Day 1

Mr. Stephen R. Creason, Indianapolis (photo) (application)

Noting the number of lawyers from the AG’s office in the conference room for the interview, Chief Justice Rush began by asking to laughter if any work being done at the AG’s office.

Mr. Creason said he agreed with the recent proposed court rule requiring technological competence and emphasized that lawyers cannot continue to use an electric typewriter or outdated technology.

When asked if he would have done anything different in his career, Mr. Creason said he would definitely handle some cases and administrative work differently. He said he would have worked harder in college. Athough he worked hard in law school, he did not do well on law school exams but did well writing papers.

In response to a question about the DeBruler eulogy, Mr. Creason said Indiana courts should strive for excellence. He pointed to Criminal Rule 24 and the competency and training of defense counsel in death penalty cases, which he said has made a dramatic difference from other states. He also said the text of the Indiana Constitution is sometimes different and should be given meaning when appropriate. He briefly discussed both Article 1, Section 11 and special legislation as examples.

When asked about a former judge he most admires, he identified Judge Patricia Gifford who “kept him in check” in a bench trial. He always learned something when he appeared before her. He said she was tough but never harsh.

In response to a question from Mr. Yakym about cases where he had to appeal when he disagreed, Mr. Creason noted the broad and sometimes conflicting interests at stake. He said he sits down with people and works through it. He emphasized separating his own opinions and doing what is best for the institutions and people involved. Finally, he noted he is the deputy—not an officeholder—and does what he is instructed to do.

In response to a question from Mr. Feighner about assurances to defense counsel that he could be fair in criminal cases, Mr. Creason said he and his colleagues work hard to ensure they are taking the right position in a case, not just the expedient one. They strive to be fair and lead the Court to the right result. He also pointed to his work on the e-filing and other committees, which bring lawyers from different perspectives together.

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