Three Indiana justices on Nov. ballot

Chris Rizo Oct. 14, 2008, 12:39pm

Randall Shepard

Brent Dickson

Theodore Boehm

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline)-Indiana voters next month will have a chance to either retain or replace three justices on the state Supreme Court.

The judges are up for retention votes on the Nov. 4 ballot are Chief Justice Randall Shepard and Justices Brent Dickson and Theodore Boehm, The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette reported Tuesday.

In Indiana, Supreme Court justices face a retention vote at the first statewide general election after they serve two full years and every 10 years thereafter.

Chief Justice Randall Shepard was appointed to the high court by Gov. Robert Orr in 1985, at the age of 38. He became chief justice in March 1987. Shepard graduated from Princeton University and from Yale Law School.

Shepard recently wrote the majority opinion ruling that a university professor whose one-year contract was not renewed was entitled to unemployment benefits under the Unemployment Compensation Act.

Justice Brent Dickson was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in January 1986 by Orr after 17 years as a general practice lawyer. He earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a law degree from Indiana University.

Dickson wrote the majority opinion clearing a former Steuben County township trustee of liability in a case where the deputy trustee - her husband - sexually assaulted a person seeking assistance, the newspaper reported.

Justice Theodore Boehm was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1996. He joined the Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels after serving as a law clerk during the 1963 term of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Boehm recently wrote the majority opinion that allows cities to transfer a tenant's delinquent sewer fees to the property owner. The high court found that billing tenants was a convenience to the landlord, and the landlord remained liable for any delinquency.

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