AG has trust issues

May 28, 2009
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Our attorney general isn’t very trusting of the federal government. He said so in a statement released this week.

“The people of Indiana did not elect me to trust the federal government, so I will stand vigilant with our lawyers at the ready – just in case.”

Attorney General Greg Zoeller was responding to a White House memorandum released May 20 stating the Obama administration’s general policy is that preemption of state law by executive departments and agencies should be undertaken “only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the States and with sufficient legal basis for preemption.”

Zoeller’s statement reiterated the dual sovereignty of state and federal laws. “As the Attorney General for the sovereign state of Indiana, I applaud the President’s strong statement. But having served nearly 10 years in the federal government, I will continue to be very distrustful of words of support,” he said.

Zoeller worked as an executive assistant to Dan Quayle from 1982 to 1991 in Washington, D.C. while Quayle was a U.S. senator and later vice president, according to the statement.

It’s good to know our attorney general has our best interests in mind and is ready to take on the federal government if necessary. The frankness of the statement is surprising and refreshing. No sugar coating or dancing around the subject – if the federal government starts encroaching on our state’s rights, we’ll be fighting back.

I often forget the role of the AG goes beyond protecting Indiana residents from shady businesses and people calling us even though we are on the “Do Not Call” list.
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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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