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Retiring Justice Rucker: Time On Court ‘Exciting, Humbling’

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rucker discusses his pending retirement. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

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Robert Rucker was the high court's second-ever black justice.

Retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker was awarded one of the state’s highest civilian honors during a farewell ceremony where he called his legal career and time on the high court “an exciting and humbling journey.”

More than a dozen of Rucker’s relatives joined Gov. Eric Holcomb and others for Monday’s retirement celebration at the court’s Statehouse courtroom in Indianapolis.

Holcomb presented the 70-year-old Rucker with a Sagamore of the Wabash award, calling him someone who defines the word “trailblazer.”

Rucker is retiring Friday after 26 years on the bench. He was named to the court in 1999 by Democratic Gov. Frank O’Bannon, becoming only its second black justice ever.

Holcomb has until late June to choose one of three finalists chosen by a state commission to succeed Rucker.

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