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. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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