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State senator dies at home

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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State Sen. David C. Ford, R - Hartford City, died this morning in his home from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was 59 years old.

The four-term lawmaker was receiving hospice care and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in January. He kept abreast of this session via telephone and computer.

In 2007, Ford served as assistant majority floor leader and chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology. He also was a member of the Judiciary, Tax and Fiscal Policy, and Education and Development committees.

Before being elected to the Indiana Senate, Ford served as a prosecuting attorney for Blackford County. He earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.

Ford is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce (Bonjour) Ford; a daughter, Kelly (Ford) Konzel of Granger; three sons, Jeff Ford of Chicago, Andrew Ford of Indianapolis, and Matthew Ford of Marion; and two grandchildren.

Services for Ford will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Muncie. Details are pending. Memorials may be made to the David C. Ford Scholarship Fund, Blackford High School, 2392 N. State Road 3, Hartford City, IN 47348.
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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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