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Being a frequent attendee of Supreme Court oral arguments and events, I was one of the lucky few to get an invite to today’s Retirement Ceremony of Chief Justice Randall Shepard.Governor Mitch Daniels and American Bar Association President, William T. (Bill) Robinson will honor the public service career of retiring Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.I’ll be live-tweeting from @KLFLegal starting around 1:20 pm ET.

Related Chief Justice Shepard stories from recent years:

Full Text of 2012 Indiana State of the Judiciary Address

Chief Justice Shepard to retire from Indiana Supreme Court

Full Text of 2011 Indiana State of the Judiciary Address

For biographical info about the Chief Justice and a link to watch the ceremony live, click here.

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The Indiana Supreme Court didn’t take long to make up their minds in the State of Indiana v. IBM case. I was in attendance at the oral arguments just this morning and the Court has already issued an order (full text below). The Court reversed the trial court’s ruling that could have required Governor Daniels to testify regarding the aborted 2009 Indiana/IBM contract. At least for now, Governor Daniels will not be deposed by IBM.

Justice Rucker inquired of IBM’s counsel what their next step would be in the eventuality of a reversal and IBM wasn’t immediately clear how they would continue. However, I’m sure there will be many more twists before this is done. Trial will now commence in the trial court February 27, 2012. Stay tuned for updates.

Case Background: In 2010, the State of Indiana sued International Business Machines Corp (IBM) for millions of dollars it had paid to the company before their contract was cancelled in 2009. IBM responded by filing a countersuit of breach of contract, totaling $100 million. The trial court ruled that Governor Mitch Daniels cannot be excused from testifying about his knowledge of the contract with IBM. The case bypassed the Appellate Court and was granted transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court in January 2012.

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Mark your calendar…the much-anticipated oral argument in the State of Indiana v. IBM case will take place on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:00 am ET.

Arguments are webcast live at: https://mycourts.in.gov/arguments/.

Background: In 2010, the State of Indiana sued International Business Machines Corp (IBM) for millions of dollars it had paid to the company before their contract was cancelled in 2009. IBM responded by filing a countersuit of breach of contract, totaling $100 million. The trial court ruled that Governor Mitch Daniels cannot be excused from testifying about his knowledge of the contract with IBM. The case bypassed the Appellate Court and was granted transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court in January 2012.

More info: U.S. News & World Report

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Governor Mitch Daniels will give Indiana’s 2011 State of the State Address on January 11 at 7 PM. The event will be streamed live here.

Text and archived video of Governor Daniels’ address will be available following the speech.

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has endorsed the findings of a sweeping review of the state’s criminal code and sentencing guidelines, saying its recommendations if enacted would hold down the growth of the state’s prison population and save taxpayers money.

He said future growth would be lower if Indiana revises drug and theft sentencing laws to reserve prison space for its worst offenders.

For more info, see WISHTV.com

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Steven David was sworn in this morning as the newest justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. Justice David took the oath of office from Gov. Mitch Daniels, who recently selected David to replace retiring justice Theodore Boehm and to become Indiana’s 106th justice.

Judge David is a former Boone Circuit Court judge and U.S. Army colonel whose legal career spanned working in the corporate world for Mayflower moving company and serving as chief defense counsel for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

For more, see the Indy Star.

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Indiana Tax Court Judge Thomas Fisher is stepping down in January. The 70-year-old has served as the court’s judge since it was established in 1986. He was appointed by then-Gov. Robert Orr.

Fisher has decided about 800 cases for the court, including a 1996 ruling that declared Indiana’s property tax assessment system unconstitutional. The system has since been overhauled.

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will seek candidates for Fisher’s successor and send three names to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

For more info, see Inside INdiana Business.

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