Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed a former state trooper to the Indiana Court of Appeals. Rudy Pyle, a Madison Circuit Court judge, is the first former state trooper to sit on either the state Appeals or Supreme Court, the governor says.
Daniels appointed the former Anderson deputy prosecutor to the circuit court in 2009. He is Daniels’ third appointment to the state Court of Appeals and replaces outgoing judge Carr Darden.
Pyle says being a former state trooper gives him an additional perspective on the bench.
“The law enforcement officers cannot say that I don’t know what they’ve been through but on the same side they also know that I’m expecting them to live up to their professional obligations when they bring cases to court,” he says.
Pyle clerked for Judge Darden and says it is a special honor to take over for someone he calls his mentor.