21 apply for Indiana Supreme Court vacancy

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The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday that 21 people applied to succeed Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy. The candidates are:

•    Mr. Dale W. Arnett, Winchester, Indiana
•    Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael, Clark Circuit Court 4
•    Mr. Stephen R. Creason, Indianapolis, Indiana
•    Mr. Ralph E. Dowling, Muncie, Indiana
•    Hon. Peter R. Foley, Morgan Superior Court 1
•    Hon. Christopher M. Goff, Wabash Superior Court
•    Hon. Clayton A. Graham, Marion Superior Court, Criminal Div. 7
•    Hon. Maria D. Granger, Floyd Superior Court 3
•    Ms. Elizabeth C. Green, Indianapolis, Indiana
•    Mr. Lyle R. Hardman, South Bend, Indiana
•    Ms. Leslie C. Henderzahs, Fishers, Indiana
•    Hon. Steven L. Hostetler, St. Joseph Superior Court
•    Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid, Boone Superior Court 1
•    Hon. Larry W. Medlock, Washington Circuit Court
•    Ms. Jaime M. Oss, La Porte, Indiana
•    Mr. Bryce D. Owens, Pendleton, Indiana
•    Mr. William N. Riley, Indianapolis, Indiana
•    Mr. Peter J. Rusthoven, Indianapolis, Indiana
•    Mr. Andrew U. D. Straw, Schaumburg, Illinois
•    Rep. Thomas M. Washburne, Evansville, Indiana
•    Ms. Leanna K. Weissmann, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Rucker will retire this spring after 26 years on the bench. Initial candidate interviews will take place March 20-22 with semifinalists interviewed April 17-19. Gov. Eric Holcomb will select the next justice from three finalists chosen by the commission.

This story will be updated.


  • He's a has been
    Just because you were a regular on the Mike Pence Show does not mean you are qualified to be an Indiana Supreme Court justice.
  • Judge Hostettler has my vote. I
    I've been before a lot of judges and this is one you can depend on for sound legal judgment and frankly, has the real world understanding of how his orders will relate in future "real world situations". Though I'd miss him greatly.
  • Just give it to Rusthoven
    Anybody who has worked with Peter Rusthoven knows that he is an appellate stud.

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