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ISBA poll shows strong support for COA judges’ retention

October 5, 2016

A recently completed poll of Indiana State Bar Association members shows strong support for the four Indiana Court of Appeals judges seeking retention in the Nov. 8 general election.

Indiana voters will cast a yes or no vote for the retention of Judges Terry Crone, James Kirsch, Edward Najam and Patricia Riley on the Nov. 8 ballot. Appellate court judges are required to put their names on the ballot for an approval vote in the first general election that occurs at least two years after their appointment, and then every 10 years after that.

The ISBA conducted an internal Judicial Retention Poll to determine the level of support for the judges’ retention among its members.

The results of the yes/no retention poll for each of the appellate court judges are as follows:

•    Judge Crone: 1,369 votes cast; 85 percent yes; 15 percent no
•    Judge Kirsch: 1,413 votes cast; 88 percent yes; 12 percent no
•    Judge Najam: 1,431 votes cast; 87 percent yes; 13 percent no
•    Judge Riley: 1,428 votes cast; 82 percent yes; 18 percent no

“While by no means a scientific survey, the lawyers who responded spoke strongly in favor of the retention of all four jurists,” ISBA President Mitchell Heppenheimer said in a statement. “There should be no doubt that each deserves to remain on the bench.

The ISBA members were electronically surveyed four times from Sept. 13-29. Of the 10,530 members polled, 1,491 cast ballots.

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