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Lawyer appointed to fill city judge seat

IL Staff
November 3, 2009
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The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday appointed attorney Michael D. Edwards to serve as judge pro tempore of Bicknell City Court. Edwards fills the spot left vacant after City Court Judge David Andrew Moreland was suspended Oct. 14 following his arrest on five charges of theft from the court.

Judge Moreland, a non-attorney, is accused of stealing more than $21,000 since he took the bench Jan. 1, 2008. Charges were also filed against his wife, Cindy, who worked as clerk in the court.

Judge Moreland was suspended with pay and his suspension continues until further order from the Supreme Court.

The Nov. 2 order says Edwards will be entitled to compensation from the City of Bicknell at the same rate and on the same schedule as Judge Moreland. Edwards' first day as city court judge is Nov. 16, and he will remain judge until further order. According to the Roll of Attorneys, Edwards, of Wheatland, was admitted to the bar last month.

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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