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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. A sad end to a prolific gadfly. Indiana has suffered a great loss in the journalistic realm.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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