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New chief justice to be selected Aug. 6

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The next chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court will be chosen by the Judicial Nominating Commission Aug. 6, the court announced Friday.

The commission previously said interviews would take place that day with the four justices who could succeed Brent Dickson, who announced he would step down as chief justice sometime before Sept. 1. Beginning at 1 p.m., each justice will have 20 minutes before the commission in the following order: Loretta Rush, Mark Massa, Steven David and Robert Rucker.

The commission will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. before adjourning to executive session, after which members will reconvene in public session to vote for the next chief.

Dickson chairs the commission as is customary for chief justices. He said this week he doesn’t expect justices to unite behind a potential successor, as happened when he was named two years ago to take the place of retiring Chief Justice Randy Shepard.

“As in the past, all current Supreme Court justices have been invited to share their thoughts with the commission during the meeting. The commission has asked the justices to speak about the qualities and attributes important in a chief justice,” according to a statement released by the court.

Dickson in June announced he would step down as chief justice but remain on the court until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75 in July 2016.




 

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  • Massive transformation
    From an earlier article in this e-zine "Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who worked in private practice in Lafayette prior to his appointment to the bench, said Rush’s appointment “marks the completion of a massive transformation of the Indiana Supreme Court.” He praised Rush for her intellect, determination and respect for judicial precedent and restraint." LORETTA RUSH FOR CHIEF JUDGE! And ..... Thank God for the massive transformation ... so very welcome. It only gets better and better.

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