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Indiana Commission Names Seven Finalists For Court Seat

The Indiana Supreme Court has announced the finalists to replace outgoing Judge Randall Shepard.

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Chief Justice Randall Shepard is retiring and someone will replace his seat on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Four judges and three attorneys remain in the running for an Indiana Supreme Court vacancy. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission named seven candidates as semi-finalists after spending two days conducting public interviews with 15 applicants.

The list includes three Indianapolis-based judges including Marion Superior Judges Robert Altice and Robyn Moberly and Court of Appeals Judge Cale Bradford, who is a former Marion superior judge. Two more semifinalists, Mark Massa and Steven Schultz, are former legal counsels to Governor Daniels.

The other semifinalists are Floyd Superior Judge Maria Granger and Indiana Judicial Center Executive Director Jane Seigel. Either would be Indiana’s second woman justice, following former Justice Myra Selby.

Daniels will choose the new justice after the commission narrows the list to three finalists on February 22.

Chief Justice Randall Shepard announced his retirement late last year. His replacement on the court will not necessarily become chief justice. A separate vote will be held for that post after the new justice is sworn in.

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