Indiana Supreme Court

Dickson Chosen To Lead Indiana Supreme Court

by Rick Howlett on May 15, 2012

A state panel has picked a new chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

The job goes to Brent Dickson, who has been acting chief justice since Randall Shepard retired in March. Shepard had held the post for 25 years.

The 70 year old Dickson is the longest-serving member of the five-member court. He was appointed by Republican Governor Robert Orr in 1986.

Dickson will be leading a court in transition. It is expected this fall to get its third new justice in less than two years after no turnover for more than a decade.

He was appointed by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission during a Tuesday meeting at which some court members endorsed Dickson for the top job.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

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Massa Formally Takes Seat on Indiana Supreme Court

by Rick Howlett May 7, 2012

Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice has been formally seated on the bench. Mark Massa was publicly sworn in today in the high court chambers. He was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Chief Justice Randall Shepard. Massa is the 107th person to serve on the Indiana […]

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Former Indiana Elections Chief’s Law License Suspended

by Rick Howlett April 27, 2012

The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended former Secretary of State Charlie White’s license on an interim basis because of his felony convictions earlier this year. White was found guilty in February of vote fraud, perjury and theft stemming from his voter registration for the 2010 Republican primary. He was sentenced to a year of home […]

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Sullivan Leaving Indiana Supreme Court

by Rick Howlett April 2, 2012

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan says he’ll leave the court after 19 years to join the faculty at Indiana University’s law school in Indianapolis. His departure follows the retirement last month of Chief Justice Randall Shepard. Sullivan was appointed to the five-member court in 1993 by Democratic Governor Evan Bayh. Current Governor Mitch Daniels, […]

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Massa Sworn In As Indiana’s 107th Supreme Court Justice

by Rick Howlett April 2, 2012

From the Associated Press The newest member of the Indiana Supreme Court has been sworn into office. The court says Mark Massa took the oath to become Indiana’s 107th Supreme Court justice during a private ceremony this morning. He was sworn in by the man he is replacing on the court, former Chief Justice Randall […]

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Daniels Appoints Former Counsel to Indiana High Court

by Rick Howlett March 23, 2012

From the Associated Press Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed his former official counsel to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Daniels named 50-year-old Mark Massa to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Massa is a former newspaper reporter who currently serves as executive director of […]

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Indiana High Court Says Daniels Can Appoint White’s Successor

by Rick Howlett March 15, 2012

From the Associated Press: The Indiana Supreme Court has cleared the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint ousted Secretary of State Charlie White’s replacement, dashing Democrats’ hopes of taking the politically powerful statewide office. The court voted unanimously today to overturn a Marion County judge’s decision ordering the state recount commission to certify […]

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Indiana House Approves Use-of-Force Bill

by Rick Howlett March 1, 2012

From the Associated Press: The Indiana House has approved a bill laying out when people are justified in using force against police officers. The House voted 74-24 Thursday in favor of the bill that’s a response to the public uproar over a state Supreme Court ruling that residents could not resist officers even during an […]

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Indiana High Court Hears Arguments in SOS Succession Dispute

by Rick Howlett February 29, 2012

From the Associated Press: Indiana Supreme Court justices peppered both sides with pointed questions during arguments to determine whether ousted Secretary of State Charlie White was ever a legal candidate for the office. Most of the questions during today’s hour-long hearing centered on state laws regarding voter registration and the requirements for the secretary of […]

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Indiana Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over SOS Vacancy

by Rick Howlett February 27, 2012

The dispute over who should finish the term of ousted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White moves to the Indiana Supreme Court this week. White can no longer serve as secretary of state following his conviction and sentencing for voter fraud and other felonies. State Democrats and Republicans are at odds over who should finish […]

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