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ACLU of Indiana appoints executive director

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has selected its new executive director and board members.

The ACLU of Indiana announced Thursday that its board of directors voted Dec. 10 to make Gilbert Homes the executive director. Holmes served as interim executive director for a year after the departure of Claudia Poretti.

Before serving as interim executive director, Holmes held senior executive positions at IndyGo, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Clarian Health. He received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and served for 20 years in the U.S. Army before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

The organization also recently conducted a statewide election for members to its board. Newly elected to the board are: Paul Newman, attorney, Bloomington; Elizabeth Friedland, community volunteer and activist, Indianapolis; and Tomerial Brooks, clinical social worker, Anderson.

Members re-elected to the board are Roberta Schonemann, vice-president of communications for the ACLU of Indiana and co-president of the Greater Lafayette Chapter, West Lafayette; Daryl M. Campbell, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis; Michael Lee Gradison, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Indianapolis; Robert Hohl, St. Mary's College librarian, South Bend; Richard Busse, attorney, Valparaiso; Norman Pearlman, retired Purdue University professor, West Lafayette; and Fran Quigley, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and visiting professor at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

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  1. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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