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Gov. Mitch Daniels has chosen two new judges for the state’s trial bench roster, one of those to succeed the jurist elevated earlier this year to the Indiana Supreme Court.

The announcements came today from the governor’s office, two of the six that Daniels is considering as a result of retirements or vacancies this year.

J. Jeffrey Edens is the newest Boone Circuit judge, taking over for Steven H. David who joined the Indiana Supreme Court in October. Edens has been serving as judge pro temp on that local bench since then, as well as from 2007 to 2009 when then-Judge David was mobilized on active military duty. Prior to taking the bench, Edens was chief deputy prosecutor in Boone County and also served as an associate attorney and partner at Shelby & Edens in Lebanon.

In Shelby County, the governor chose David N. Riggins for Shelby Superior 2. He succeeds Judge Russell J. Sanders who is retiring from the bench this year. Riggins has been a Shelby County deputy prosecutor since 1996, and is also president of the Shelby County Bar Association.

Aside from those vacancies, the governor is still considering who will succeed retiring Howard Superior 2 Judge Stephen Jessup, Wells Circuit Judge David Hanselman who retires Feb. 19, 2011, retiring Terre Haute City Judge John T. Roach, and Merrillville Town Judge George Paras who has been elected to the Lake Circuit bench.
 

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