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Knightstown Town Court judge resigns, New Castle lawyer takes bench

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Knightstown Town City Judge Lewis Hayden Butler resigned from the bench on Monday and the Indiana Supreme Court has appointed New Castle attorney Joseph Lansinger to take that seat.

The 70-year old judge didn’t offer a reason in his letter to the court, but his term would have ended this year following his most recent re-election in 2007 when he ran unopposed. He was first appointed to the court in July 1998. The local court convenes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning to hear traffic violations, infractions, and misdemeanors.

As judge pro temp, Lansinger will serve on the bench until Republican precinct committee members in Wayne Township choose a successor. Lansinger has been licensed to practice law since 2008, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys.

Applications are due Feb. 16, and current state statute dictates that a nominee does not have to be an attorney. Any Republican living in Knightstown interested in the post should send a letter of interest to Todd Hiday, Henry County's Republican county chairman, at 1111 Crescent Dr., New Castle 47362.

 

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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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