Political Notebook


Mathias tops survey


Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias received the highest rating in the Indiana State Bar Associations' recently-released Judicial Retention Evaluation.

The association polled its members on the appellate judges standing for voter retention this November.

Mathias -- a former Allen Superior Court judge -- topped the list with 88.9 percent of 1,302 votes in his favor.

The lowest rank of 81 percent went to Indiana Supreme Justice Steven David -- author of a controversial ruling about whether citizens have the right to resist and unlawful entry by police into their homes.

Other rankings included:

  • Justice Robert D. Rucker -- 87.8 percent of 1,388 votes cast.

    Judge John G. Baker -- 83.6 percent of 1,356 votes cast.

    Judge Nancy H. Vaidik -- 86.4 percent of 1,337 votes cast.

    Judge Michael P. Barnes -- 87.3 percent of 1,302 votes cast.

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