Next COA chief judge will get to be chief

November 3, 2010
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Talk about putting the cart before the horse: fellow judges electing an Indiana Court of Appeals judge as the next chief judge before she was retained by the general public.

In October, the Court of Appeals judges elected Judge Robb as chief judge. She’ll be the first female to lead the appellate court. But when the election was held, Judge Robb’s future on the bench was uncertain. She was up for retention this election, so there was a chance - a very minuscule chance - the public would vote against retaining her. I can’t recall or find a case where an appellate judge in Indiana wasn’t retained during an election.

Apparently, the November election never crossed the COA judges’ minds when they elected Judge Robb as their next chief judge before the general election, as Chief Judge John Baker told IL reporter Michael Hoskins.

The voters have spoken and Judge Robb stays on the bench for another 10 years, unless she decides to step down before her term ends. And now, Indiana will get its historical moment with her becoming the first woman chief judge.

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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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