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Mark Massa named Indiana Supreme Court justice

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Gov. Mitch Daniels has chosen Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Director Mark S. Massa as the state’s newest Supreme Court justice.

At 2:15 p.m. Friday, Daniels announced that he picked Massa to fill a vacancy created by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard’s retirement from the court. The governor selected Massa over Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale J. Bradford and Indiana Judicial Center Executive Director Jane A. Seigel, the other two finalists recommended by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Massa will join Justices Steven David, Brent Dickson, Robert Rucker and Frank Sullivan on the Supreme Court.

A 1989 graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Massa, 51, has been executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute since May 2011. He served as the governor’s general counsel from 2006 to 2010, and previously served as a federal and state prosecutor.

 

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  • Shocking!
    I knew Massa would be the one selected as soon as I saw his name as a potential candidate. He was Daniels' counsel until he decided he wanted to be prosecutor, which he also wasn't qualified for. Now, a Sup. Ct. Justice! OMG! He's never been on a bench. Judge Bradford would have been a much better choice. But then, he's not a Daniels crony. Politial favoritism wins out again.
  • Great Choice
    The final list of candidates are all they type of person you hope will step up and be willing to serve. Massa is a great choice. Common sense, integrity, with a great work ethic.
  • Of course
    Massa is Daniels' crony. Was there any doubt..... Another white republican male. Great.

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