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Governor names new Tax Court judge

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Gov. Mitch Daniels has chosen attorney Martha Wentworth as the state’s second-ever judge on the Indiana Tax Court.

The governor announced his decision just after 3 p.m., sending a news release rather than following the practice of holding a news conference as he did for his Court of Appeals and Supreme Court appointments.

He chose Wentworth over the two other finalists, Bloomington attorney Joby Jerrells and Hendricks Superior 3 Judge Karen Love.

Admitted in 1990, Wentworth is tax director at the multistate group Deloitte Tax LLP and had previously served in roles that included clerking for the Tax Court between 1990 and 1992. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law graduate has also taught graduate-level classes in state and local taxes at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business since 2000.

Wentworth succeeds retiring Tax Judge Thomas G. Fisher, who was the state’s first appellate tax judge appointed in 1986. He has planned his retirement to begin as soon as this appointment was announced.


 

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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.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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