INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Ted Boehm, a 14-year member of the state's highest court, has announced his plans to resign.
Boehm, who will step down in September, would meet the mandatory retirement age of 75 in slightly more than three years.
"I want to do this while I'm still alert and able to move on to the next chapter of my life." Boehm told WISTHTV.com, "Just seemed like the appropriate time. All good things come to an end."
State Democratic Chairman Dan Parker had kind words for the departing judge.
"He's been a great Supreme Court Justice," Parker said.
Governor Mitch Daniels also praised Boehm for his service, noting that Boehm should serve as a model for any judges to follow.
Boehm told WISHTV.com that he wishes his tenure to be remembered for increasing the court's efficiency and several opinions on death penalty cases that led to the commutation of sentences.
Boehm was appointed to the court by then-Governor, and now-U.S. Senator, Evan Bayh in 1996. Prior to his tenure on the court, Boehm served as CEO of the Pan Am Games in 1987 and as a managing partner at Baker and Daniels, a law firm in Indianapolis.
Boehm graduated magna cum laude in 1963 from Harvard Law School, where he also served as editor of the Harvard Law review.
He was a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court.