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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vacancy On Supreme Court 2017 - Day 2: Report On Interview #14, Hon. Maria D. Granger

This is Prof. Joel Schumm's report on the 14th interview of Day 2

Hon. Maria D. Granger, Floyd Superior Court 3 (photo) (application)

Chief Justice Rush began by asking about the opinion-writing function of the Court. Judge Granger said she would take an originalist approach. She would have a strong commitment to stare decisis.

In response to a question about a case from history that helped shape her philosophy, Judge Granger discussed a case of hers involving sports injury and decided last month by the Indiana Supreme Court.

In response to a question about the importance of diversity, Judge Granger said diversity and inclusion are important. She cited the inspirational value to young lawyers, among other reasons for a diversity on the bench and within the bar.

In response to a question about the importance of juries, Judge Granger discussed the Indiana summary judgment standard and precedent as well as the importance of a jury of citizens deciding cases.

In response to a question about unclear statutes, Judge Granger discussed the importance of text and said she has been studying the Scalia/Garner book on interpreting legal texts.

Mr. Feighner mentioned question 5(c), important cases, in which Judge Granger used the phrase “personal and business injury.” Judge Granger discussed the work of the commercial court, which she said can have a profound impact on the communities that rely on those businesses.

Mr. Berger pointed out that Justice Scalia’s dissents were often harsh, and Judge Granger said she would emulate Justice Rucker who is “kind and gentle” in his approach.

Chief Justice Rush posed a hypothetical case about areas in which Judge Granger would like to write if a justice on the Court, noting upcoming oral arguments on medical malpractice, tax, and the Fourth Amendment. She briefly discussed her interest in and importance of medical malpractice.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 22, 2017 10:28 AM
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