Jasper County judge moving to federal bench

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A Jasper County judge has been appointed to the bench in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Current Jasper Superior Judge James R. Ahler is resigning from his spot on the trial court bench effective June 15 to assume a position as a United States Bankruptcy judge. Ahler was appointed to the bench in Jasper County in 2007 and has been re-elected twice.

Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced in state and federal courts, focusing on commericial litigation, appellate litigation, and criminal defense. He is the current chair of the Indiana Judicial Community Relations Committee.

Ahler earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Klingeberger joined the bankruptcy court in 2003. Terms on the bankruptcy court are for 14 years.

As a result of Ahler's appointment to bankruptcy court, Senior Judge Robert M. Hall will become judge pro tempore of Jasper Superior Court, effective June 16. Hall will remain in that position until a successor assumes office or until further order of the court. He will be compensated for his service at the same rate as a regular judge, pursuant to Trial Rule 63(D).

The full order appointing Hall as judge pro tempore can be read here.


  • VSB Reciprocal Discipline DISMISSED If another state believes by "Clear and convincing evidence" standard that Indiana's discipline was not valid and dismissed it, it is time for Curtis Hill to advise his clients to get out the checkbook. Discrimination time is over.
  • Haman the hangman yet rides high
    Congrats Andrew, your street cred just shot up. As for me ... I am now an administrative law judge in Kansas, commissioned by the Governor to enforce due process rights against overreaching government agents. That after being banished for life from the Indiana bar for attempting to do the same as a mere whistleblowing bar applicant. The myth of one lowly peasant with the constitution does not play well in the Hoosier state. As for what our experiences have in common, I have good reason to believe that the same ADA Coordinator who took you out was working my file since 2007, when the former chief justice hired the same, likely to "take out the politically incorrect trash" like me. My own dealings with that powerful bureaucrat and some rather astounding actions .. actions that would make most state courts blush ... actions blessed in full by the Ind.S.Ct ... here:
    • VSB
      I presented my defense against discipline to the Virginia State Bar this morning and the 26-member Board of Discipline 100% rejected what Indiana has done to me, including what Ahler did. Discipline DISMISSED.
    • Another Federal Judge Who Injured Me
      Ahler presided over hearings in the disciplinary case against me. His hearing officer report was 6 months late and he distorted the evidence to make it look like the attacks on me were my fault, when in fact the ADA Coordinator of the Indiana Supreme Court was on a rampage of retaliation against my ADA complaint. I hope this judge does not make a habit of dilatory actions as a bankruptcy judge. He remains a defendant in my discrimination lawsuit that is before the 7th Circuit at this time: Straw v. Indiana Supreme Court, et. al., 17-1338 (7th Cir.)

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      1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

      2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

      3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

      4. Different rules for different folks....

      5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.