Rucker farewell celebration Monday

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A retirement celebration for Justice Robert D. Rucker, who will step down from the Indiana Supreme Court May 12, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Supreme Court Courtroom.

Rucker, who was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals in 1991 and the Supreme Court in 1999, authored more than 1,200 opinions and served with 31 appellate judges during his 26 years on the appellate bench. His retirement celebration will be webcast on the state judiciary's website.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint one of three trial court judges to replace Rucker. Last month, the Judicial Nomination Commission interviewed semifinalists and sent Holcomb the names for three finalists: Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael, Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff, and Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid.

Rucker plans on serving as a senior judge after he leaves the high court.

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