Ind. Supreme Court About To Become All Republican Appointed

Posted On April 24, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Supreme Court courtroom.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – One of three finalists will become the next Indiana Supreme Court justice.

Their appointment will also mark the court becoming all-white, and all-Republican appointed.

The Judicial Nominating Commission last week selected the judge Vicki L. Carmichael, Christopher M. Goff, and Matthew C. Kincaid as the three nominees for the Indiana Supreme Court. The commission will prepare a report for Governor Eric Holcomb, who will choose the state’s next justice within 60 days.

The high court appointment chosen by Holcomb will replace Justice Robert D. Rucker, the court’s lone African American member. May 12 has been identified as Rucker’s final day on the court.

Rucker is also the final Democrat-appointed judge on the Indiana Supreme Court. He was named to the court by former Governor Evan Bayh in 1991.

According to the nominating commission, it considered applicants’ legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law, and other pertinent information. It also conducted in-person public interviews of twenty applicants. It announced eleven finalists in March and the finalists were again publicly interviewed over a two-day period in April. After deliberations in executive session, the Commission publicly voted to send the three nominees – Carmichael, Goff, and Kincaid – to the Governor.


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