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Governor makes picks for Lake County judicial vetting panel
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Governor makes picks for Lake County judicial vetting panel

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Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, seen working earlier this month in his Statehouse office, on Thursday made his three appointments to the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission.

Gov. Eric Holcomb finally has filled his three seats on the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission after it was controversially reconstituted in April by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

The Republican chief executive on Thursday appointed to the commission: Heather Delgado, of Munster, a partner at the Barnes & Thornburg law firm; David Wickland, of Munster, an attorney in private practice; and Todd Williams, of St. John, vice president of lending at American Community Bank.

They join Alfredo Estrada, a partner at the Burke Costanza & Carberry law firm in Merrillville; Brandy Darling, Lake County deputy prosecutor; and Aimbrell Holmes, Gary city court administrator, who were appointed in June by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush has picked Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa to serve as commission chairman.

Previously, Lake County lawyers and judges, instead of the governor, selected half the commissioners that evaluate applicants when there's a judicial vacancy on the Lake Superior Court and recommends finalists to the governor for his appointment.

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The first task for the new commission will be soliciting candidates to replace Judge Diane Boswell, who died Oct. 19, or the vacancy created if another Lake County judge chooses to take over Boswell's courtroom.

That task may be delayed, however, due to a pending federal lawsuit filed by Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. seeking to do away with the nominating commissions state law requires be used to select superior court judges in Lake, St. Joseph, Allen and Marion counties.

McDermott claims it's unconstitutional for the General Assembly to mandate gubernatorial appointment of criminal, civil and juvenile court judges in Indiana's four counties with large minority populations when Hoosiers living in the state's 88 other counties all elect their judges.

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