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Justice David creates retention website

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Facing opposition over an opinion regarding unlawful police entry, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David has established a website in an unusual effort to campaign for retention.

The website, www.justicestevendavid.com, contains biographical information and links to community involvement and honors. It also includes posts with such titles as “I would appreciate your vote” and “‘Punishing judge over 1 decision lowers judicial process’,” linking to a newspaper editorial.

In a recent interview, David said his decision in Barnes v. State of Indiana had been misunderstood and mischaracterized. In the original 3-2 decision, David wrote, “We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.”

The decision sparked a protest at the Statehouse and a vow among tea party activists and some libertarian activists to oppose David’s retention to a 10-year term on the Nov. 6 ballot. The court later revisited and narrowed its ruling, and legislation signed into law earlier this year made clear that Hoosiers may reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.

Appellate judges typically may not campaign for retention unless they face active opposition. Indiana Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan said David had received authorization to launch the website from the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

The website says it “was created and paid for by Justice Steven David.”



 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

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