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COA judge recuses himself from case

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The Indiana Court of Appeals granted a rehearing in John Pickett v. State of Indiana, No. 47A01-0807-CR-322, to address whether Judge Cale Bradford should have recused himself because his ex-wife, Kimberly A. Jackson, represented John Pickett on appeal.

Judge Bradford admitted it escaped his attention that Jackson was the attorney on the case and he has a policy to recuse himself from cases in which she is involved. The judge recused himself from the case immediately, including the instant petition for rehearing.

Pickett asked the appellate court to withdraw the original decision and appoint a new panel to hear his appeal and to require Judge Bradford to "issue a standing order of recusal pursuant to Rule 2.11(A) of Jud. Canon 2 in cases in which Pickett's counsel represents one of the parties."

Judges Ezra Friedlander and Melissa May declined to sanction the concept of a "standing order" in this circumstance. The judges withdrew the original opinion and asked the Court of Appeals Administrator's Office to designate a replacement for Judge Bradford on the panel instead of having a new panel hear the appeal. Once the replacement judge has been named, the consideration of the appeal will proceed as normal, wrote Judge Friedlander.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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