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Indianapolis lawyer chosen for judicial commissions

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Attorney John C. Trimble, a partner at Indianapolis firm Lewis Wagner, has been chosen to be one of the newest members on two key judicial commissions focused on nominating new appellate judges and ethical, qualification issues for judges statewide.

Starting in January, Trimble will be one of seven voices on the Judicial Nominating and Qualifications commissions. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard chairs the commissions, which include the same members. State law requires that three commissioners be attorneys while three others are lay members. The governor appoints the non-attorneys, while the Supreme Court Clerk selects those from the legal world.

Trimble takes over for Indianapolis attorney James H. Young, whose term expires Dec. 31 for the second judicial district. The term for Joan M. Hurley from Sellersberg also expires at year's end and the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. The governor's office hasn't announced a successor, and if that doesn't happen then Hurley can carry over her term, according to commission counsel Meg Babcock.

Other commission members include attorneys Stephen L. Williams from Terre Haute and Sherrill Colvin from Fort Wayne, as well as non-attorneys Mark Lubbers of Indianapolis and Dr. Daryl Yost of Fort Wayne. More information on the commissions can be found online at the Indiana Judicial Web site.

Prior to joining the commissions, Trimble and prospective members can get a glimpse of the duties by watching interviews for the latest Indiana Court of Appeals opening. The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected 7 of 15 applicants interested in the spot to return for second interviews next week; three of those will be chosen for the governor to choose from. The new judge will ultimately replace Judge John Sharpnack, who's retiring in May.

Meanwhile, the Judicial Qualifications Commission has recently issued new advisory opinions, such as one detailing when jurists should recuse themselves. Those orders can be viewed here.
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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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