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Potential COA judges: Apply now

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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Applications are now being accepted for the second opening on the Indiana Court of Appeals in less than a year.

Judge John T. Sharpnack is stepping down May 3, 2008, because of mandatory retirement, and his successor has until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to apply for the upcoming vacancy.

The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, will conduct first public interviews with applicants Nov. 12 and 13 in Indianapolis, followed by second interviews Dec. 12. The commission selects three finalists to recommend to the governor, who makes the final decision.

Judge Sharpnack's retirement comes after fellow appellate Judge Patrick D. Sullivan stepped down from the court in August, also because of mandatory retirement, and was succeeded by Judge Cale Bradford from Marion County.

For this judicial position, a candidate must be either an Indiana attorney for a minimum 10 years or a trial judge for at least five years. The applicant would represent the fifth judicial district and face statewide retention, but must live in one of the 53 counties in the first geographic district of the Court of Appeals. Those counties include the southern third of the state.

Applications for the $143,367 salaried position are available on the judiciary's Web site at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/notices/vacancy.html. Candidates can get more information about the process at the judiciary's site or by contacting Meg Babcock, the commission counsel, at (317) 232-4706 or at mbabcock@courts.state.in.us.
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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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