Gov. Mitch Daniels has chosen Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Director Mark S. Massa as the state’s newest Supreme Court justice.
At 2:15 p.m. Friday, Daniels announced that he picked Massa to fill a vacancy created by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard’s retirement from the court. The governor selected Massa over Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale J. Bradford and Indiana Judicial Center Executive Director Jane A. Seigel, the other two finalists recommended by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Massa will join Justices Steven David, Brent Dickson, Robert Rucker and Frank Sullivan on the Supreme Court.
A 1989 graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Massa, 51, has been executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute since May 2011. He served as the governor’s general counsel from 2006 to 2010, and previously served as a federal and state prosecutor.