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The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has promoted one of its longtime lawyers to a second-in-command spot that means guiding 144 state government attorneys and working more closely with local prosecutors, police officers, and those in the county criminal justice systems.

Gary D. Secrest moves up from his position of deputy attorney general and chief counsel for the appellate division to become the new chief deputy for the state agency. The second-in-command post has been vacant since Zoeller took over as Attorney General in January 2009.

An Indianapolis native and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis graduate, the 51-year-old Secrest was sworn in on Thursday afternoon at the Statehouse. Secrest first joined the AG’s Office in 1984 as a law clerk and served as a deputy attorney general in the appellate division from 1985 to 1993. He then moved on to other government roles – chief deputy state treasurer, fund administrator for the Public Deposit Fund, and assistant corporate counsel for the litigation division of the Indianapolis city legal department. Returning to the AG’s Office in 2001 during Steve Carter’s administration, Secrest took over as chief counsel of the appeals division where he supervised attorneys in the state and federal appellate courts.

Through the years, he’s overseen the first DNA criminal appeal in Indiana, briefed the state’s case in the Mike Tyson conviction appeal, and later handled the appeal of the 2003 mayoral election in East Chicago that led to the Indiana Supreme Court ordering a new election.

Aside from the chief deputy duties, Secrest will also remain the ethics officer for the AG’s Office.

Deputy Attorney General Steve Creason, who has led the agency’s habeas corpus and capital litigation section and been with the office since 1999, will take over for Secrest in the appellate division.
 

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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.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  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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