Thoughts from D.C.

January 21, 2009
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Here’s what IL reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote last night after the inauguration. (That's her above with President Obama on the TV screen to the right.)

Considering I was at my first inauguration in 2005 as grad school student and a Washington, D.C., correspondent, I wondered how the 2009 and 2005 inaugurations would compare. Now, I'm here as a media representative and a person on vacation, so I'm trying to find the balance between the two. This year, I made more contacts before the big event and was able to meet up with or at least share a few text messages with them.

At the Indiana Society of Washington, D.C.’s inaugural ball Jan. 19, the only event to which I had a media pass or ticket, I spoke with Jennifer Wagner, an attorney and former reporter. She showed me where state Attorney General Democratic candidate Linda Pence was sitting, who in turn helped me see where Indiana Rep. Ed DeLaney, a Democrat, and his wife, Indianapolis attorney Ann DeLaney, were sitting.

I connected at the same event with Bloomington attorney Betsy Greene, her law partner, and the other attorneys at their table, as well as a number of other attorneys.

Even though President Barrack Obama didn't show up, many congressmen from Indiana, along with Sen. Evan Bayh, his wife, Susan, and others were recognized at the dinner. Unfortunately, it was announced Sen. Richard Lugar couldn't attend due to illness.

Right before I left, I also spoke briefly with Republican Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.  Republican Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who contacted me before I left for D.C., was also in attendance.

The mood in D.C. is also difficult to describe in words. Most people I've seen have been elated to be here -- whatever the reason.

Look for more about the inauguration and the Hoosiers who attended (including one person from Indiana marching in the parade with others pushing lawnmowers) in the Feb. 4-17, 2009, issue of Indiana Lawyer.
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  1. It appears the police and prosecutors are allowed to change the rules halfway through the game to suit themselves. I am surprised that the congress has not yet eliminated the right to a trial in cases involving any type of forensic evidence. That would suit their foolish law and order police state views. I say we eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes committed by members of congress and other government employees. Of course they would never do that. They are all corrupt cowards!!!

  2. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  3. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

  4. of course the bigger questions of whether or not the people want to pay for ANY bussing is off limits, due to the Supreme Court protecting the people from DEMOCRACY. Several decades hence from desegregation and bussing plans and we STILL need to be taking all this taxpayer money to combat mostly-imagined "discrimination" in the most obviously failed social program of the postwar period.

  5. You can put your photos anywhere you like... When someone steals it they know it doesn't belong to them. And, a man getting a divorce is automatically not a nice guy...? That's ridiculous. Since when is need of money a conflict of interest? That would mean that no one should have a job unless they are already financially solvent without a job... A photographer is also under no obligation to use a watermark (again, people know when a photo doesn't belong to them) or provide contact information. Hey, he didn't make it easy for me to pay him so I'll just take it! Well heck, might as well walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of food because the lines are too long and you don't find that convenient. "Only in Indiana." Oh, now you're passing judgement on an entire state... What state do you live in? I need to characterize everyone in your state as ignorant and opinionated. And the final bit of ignorance; assuming a photo anyone would want is lucky and then how much does your camera have to cost to make it a good photo, in your obviously relevant opinion?

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