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There is a saying that "there is no such thing as bad press." Yeah, right. For the purposes of this column though, I have no problem seeing my name in black and white. As a pro tem columnist, I understand the power of the pen can send readers to a restaurant or deter them from going. So, while I would normally subscribe to the saying DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ, I will merely say, believe this - go to Bando. (quietly stepping down from soap box ...)

Bando, a Korean barbecue restaurant on the east side of Indianapolis was conveniently located because Fred was coming from Hamilton County court and I was returning from Pendleton Reformatory. Because it was administrative assistant week (yes, week, not day, but week), Gina our fine assistant joined us. It is in a little strip mall on Pendleton Pike less than a mile from Interstate 465. The strip mall hosts other Korean businesses, which was a good sign I thought. The interior is well appointed, very clean, and each table has table-top grilling apparatuses that are used for dinners.

We ordered appetizers of tempura shrimp, chicken teriyaki, and fried dumplings. The tempura shrimp were hearty and not a speck of grease remained in the batter which accentuated the flavor of the shrimp and held the dipping sauce well. The teriyaki chicken, presented on a skewer, was very tender, and there is absolutely no doubt that it was cooked on a barbecue. The teriyaki sauce was incredible and definitely an authentic recipe. Finally, the dumplings kind of paled in comparison to the other appetizers because the dough was a bit chewy. However, when dipped in the side of soy/teriyaki/sesame flavored sauce, it recovered.

Prior to our entrees coming out, you receive about eight complimentary little side dishes of goodies. They included potatoes, marinated vegetables (some in very hot sauce), pickled cabbage in seasoning, tofu, bean sprouts, and other authentic Korean side dishes. Kimchi is what these traditional Korean side dishes are commonly referred to and are pickled dishes made with vegetables with varied seasonings. Fred was the bravest dabbling in all of the items. I was less brave and stuck with identifiable items and was specifically impressed with the hot and spicy cucumber salad. The spicy dishes are well balanced with the cooler dishes to satisfy any taste.

I dug into the pork sauté, which is sliced braised pork that from the texture of the meat, was definitely braised on the grill. You know what I mean, the slight crunch on parts of the meat that were singed by the grill's fire. Very, very good entrée, and the hot and spicy sauté was not overwhelming but had just enough fire to it. The vegetables were the standard onions and some peppers.

Fred had the Korean mainstay of bulgogi, which was very tender beef that was marinated in the restaurant's "special sauce."

Finally Gina raved about her teriyaki chicken because it, too, contained very tender meats. The sauce was not as rich as on the appetizer but still prevalent enough to sate her appetite. All the dishes are served with white rice, and there is no need for soy sauce.

Other entrees include bibimbap - beef with various veggies and a fried egg over rice in a spicy sauce; kimchi chigae - pork with kimchi, tofu, and rice cake; many noodle dishes served with salad; and oyakondon - poached chicken and egg served on a bowl of rice. There are veg etarian choices as well. There is not one lunch menu item over $10, so even if it is not on your way to court, or prison, it is economically worth the drive.

Three and a half gavels for Bando, and know you can believe what you read sometimes!

Fred Vaiana and Jennifer M. Lukemeyer practice at Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman in Indianapolis, focusing in criminal defense. Vaiana is a 1992 graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Lukemeyer earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1994 and is active in the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis Inn of Courts, and the Teen Court Program. The opinions expressed in this column are those of the authors.

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  1. This is the dissent discussed in the comment below. See comments on that story for an amazing discussion of likely judicial corruption of some kind, the rejection of the rule of law at the very least. http://www.theindianalawyer.com/justices-deny-transfer-to-child-custody-case/PARAMS/article/42774#comment

  2. That means much to me, thank you. My own communion, to which I came in my 30's from a protestant evangelical background, refuses to so affirm me, the Bishop's courtiers all saying, when it matters, that they defer to the state, and trust that the state would not be wrong as to me. (LIttle did I know that is the most common modernist catholic position on the state -- at least when the state acts consistent with the philosophy of the democrat party). I asked my RCC pastor to stand with me before the Examiners after they demanded that I disavow God's law on the record .... he refused, saying the Bishop would not allow it. I filed all of my file in the open in federal court so the Bishop's men could see what had been done ... they refused to look. (But the 7th Cir and federal judge Theresa Springmann gave me the honor of admission after so reading, even though ISC had denied me, rendering me a very rare bird). Such affirmation from a fellow believer as you have done here has been rare for me, and that dearth of solidarity, and the economic pain visited upon my wife and five children, have been the hardest part of the struggle. They did indeed banish me, for life, and so, in substance did the the Diocese, which treated me like a pariah, but thanks to this ezine ... and this is simply amazing to me .... because of this ezine I am not silenced. This ezine allowing us to speak to the corruption that the former chief "justice" left behind, yet embedded in his systems when he retired ... the openness to discuss that corruption (like that revealed in the recent whistleblowing dissent by courageous Justice David and fresh breath of air Chief Justice Rush,) is a great example of the First Amendment at work. I will not be silenced as long as this tree falling in the wood can be heard. The Hoosier Judiciary has deep seated problems, generational corruption, ideological corruption. Many cases demonstrate this. It must be spotlighted. The corrupted system has no hold on me now, none. I have survived their best shots. It is now my time to not be silent. To the Glory of God, and for the good of man's law. (It almost always works that way as to the true law, as I explained the bar examiners -- who refused to follow even their own statutory law and violated core organic law when banishing me for life -- actually revealing themselves to be lawless.)

  3. to answer your questions, you would still be practicing law and its very sad because we need lawyers like you to stand up for the little guy who have no voice. You probably were a threat to them and they didnt know how to handle the truth and did not want anyone to "rock the boat" so instead of allowing you to keep praticing they banished you, silenced you , the cowards that they are.

  4. His brother was a former prosecuting attorney for Crawford County, disiplined for stealing law books after his term, and embezzeling funds from family and clients. Highly functional family great morals and values...

  5. Wondering if the father was a Lodge member?

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