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Commission names 3 justice finalists

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The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has selected Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale J. Bradford, Indianapolis attorney Mark S. Massa, and Jane A. Seigel of the Indiana Judicial Center as finalists for an upcoming Indiana Supreme Court vacancy.

The seven-member commission, chaired by retiring Chief Justice Randall Shepard, spent about four hours deliberating behind closed doors, making their announcement shortly after 5 p.m.

The other semi-finalists were Floyd Superior Judge Maria D. Granger; Steven R. Schultz, Columbus; Marion Superior Judge Robyn L. Moberly; and Marion Superior Judge Robert R. Altice Jr.

The three names will be submitted to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will select the state’s 107th justice to replace Shepard, who is retiring March 4. Fifteen people applied for the judicial position, and on Feb. 9 the commission narrowed that list to seven semi-finalists. Gov. Mitch Daniels has 60 days to make a decision.

Semi-finalists started 30-minute interviews by answering a two-part question each received in advance: “What is your finest professional accomplishment or contribution, and name two things that need improving in the Indiana court system that a justice might help solve.” Those were the same questions the commission posed during Supreme Court justice interviews in 2010.

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