Daniels has 3rd chance to appoint female justice

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Sixteen of the 22 lawyers or judges who applied for an opening on the Indiana Supreme Court were women

Only one of them made the final cut.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has had two opportunities in the past two years to appoint a woman to the currently all-male court, and twice he has declined. Now he has a third chance after a state panel picked two men and one woman as finalists to replace outgoing Justice Frank Sullivan.

They are Tippecanoe County Judge Loretta Rush, Hamilton County Judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter.

Daniels has 60 days to pick the new justice from among those three.

Daniels has said that diversity on the court is important, but gender can't be the deciding factor in his decision.

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