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IndyBar releases results of judicial candidate peer evaluation

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The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee released the results of its 2012 judicial candidate evaluation. The Democratic and Republican Party ballots will feature twelve candidates vying for 10 spots on Marion Superior Court. The candidates received varied approval rates, from just 18 percent to nearly 97 percent.

Republican Superior Judge Robert R. Altice Jr. received a 96.7 percent recommendation rate; Judges Mark D. Stoner and Heather A. Welch, both Democrats, and Republican Judge Michael D. Keele all received 95 percent approval ratings.

Coming in with the lowest approval rates are Democratic candidate Greg Bowes, with 52.7 percent; Democratic Judge Becky Pierson-Treacy at 30.7 percent; and Republican candidate Paul K. Ogden at just over 18 percent.

The survey was sent to IBA members, attorneys in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Marion County Public Defender’s Office, as well as any other attorney who had entered an appearance in Marion County courts in the last three years. Respondents were asked to verify they had professional contact with the judicial candidates and if they did, they were to asked to rate their experience with those candidates based on five criteria.

The criteria are: demonstration of sufficient legal experience to be an effective judge; efficiency as an office administrator; conduct appropriate for a judge; knowledge of rules of evidence, procedure and substantive law; and ability to be unbiased, independent and impartial.

Complete details are posted at www.indyjudges.org.

 

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