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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. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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