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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. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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