Finalists selected for St. Joseph Court

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected.

Two attorneys in private practice and three public servants are finalists for an upcoming vacancy in St. Joseph Superior Court.

The St. Joseph County Judicial Nominating Commission on Friday interviewed 13 candidates and narrowed the list to these five finalists: Mary Catherine Andres, St. Joseph deputy prosecuting attorney; attorney Scott Duerring of Duerring Law Offices in South Bend; Andre B. Gammage, managing partner at Berger & Gammage in South Bend; St. Joseph Circuit Court Magistrate Elizabeth C. Hurley; and Jeffrey Lane Sanford, deputy public defender for St. Joseph County and deputy city attorney in South Bend.

Gov. Mike Pence will select the judge within 60 days of his formal notification of the finalists. The vacancy will be created when St. Joseph Superior Judge Roland W. Chamblee, Jr., retires on March 31.

“The Commission members were impressed by the high quality of all of the applicants,” said Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa, who chairs the commission.  “The five individuals we are recommending to Governor Pence represent the best of an impressive pool of talent.”

Others who interviewed for the vacancy are: Edward P. Benchik of Shedlak & Benchik Law Firm LLP in South Bend; Elkhart County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David L. Francisco; Mark James of Anderson Agostino & Keller P.C. in South Bend; solo practitioner Jeffrey E. Kimmell of South Bend; solo practitioner Mark Kopinski of South Bend; Andrew Straw of Andrew Straw Esq. in Mishawaka; John P. Tuskey of Bingham and Loughlin P.C. in Mishawaka; and Stanley F. Wruble III of Wruble & Associates in South Bend.



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  1. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.

  2. I had a hospital and dcs caseworker falsify reports that my child was born with drugs in her system. I filed a complaint with the Indiana department of health....and they found that the hospital falsified drug screens in their investigation. Then I filed a complaint with human health services in Washington DC...dcs drug Testing is unregulated and is indicating false positives...they are currently being investigated by human health services. Then I located an attorney and signed contracts one month ago to sue dcs and Anderson community hospital. Once the suit is filed I am taking out a loan against the suit and paying a law firm to file a writ of mandamus challenging the courts jurisdiction to invoke chins case against me. I also forwarded evidence to a u.s. senator who contacted hhs to push an investigation faster. Once the lawsuit is filed local news stations will be running coverage on the situation. Easy day....people will be losing their jobs soon...and judge pancol...who has attempted to cover up what has happened will also be in trouble. The drug testing is a kids for cash and federal funding situation.

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