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Governor appoints 3 judges

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Gov. Mitch Daniels made three judicial appointments Feb. 25, filling vacancies in Howard, Jay, and Wells county courts.

Brant Parry of Kokomo will succeed Judge Stephen M. Jessup as judge of Howard Superior Court II. Judge Jessup retired at the end of 2010. Parry works as a Howard County public defender and has a general law practice. Judge Julian L. Ridlen is currently serving as judge pro tempore of the court.

Kenton Wayne Kiracofe of Ossian has been appointed as judge of Wells Circuit Court. He succeeds Judge David L. Hanselman Sr., who resigned Feb. 19. Kiracofe is a prosecutor in Wells County and a partner at Carnall Myers & Kiracofe.

The governor also appointed Donald C. Gillespie of Portland as judge of Portland City Court. He succeeds Judge Michele R. Pensinger. Gillespie has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years.

All of the appointments will be effective at a date to be determined, according to the governor’s office.

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

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