Column: Daniels diversifies Supreme Court



 (Lafayette) Journal and Courier

So, Judge Loretta Rush is an Antonin Scalia fan. Who would have guessed?

Recently selected as the next Indiana Supreme Court justice, the Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 judge let on that Scalia is a bit of a model for her legal thinking.

That hasn’t been always easy to tell, having watched her oversee her courtroom, where she spends time pulling away wads of family tragedy in a court largely devoted to juvenile offenders and cases involving neglected children.

The process, when it comes to family situation in her court, has always seemed to boil down to a simple strategy: Show me what you’ve got so that whatever is done can be done with the best interest of the children in mind.

Gov. Mitch Daniels made a smart pick with Rush. She’s been a force in Tippecanoe County when it comes to translating that philosophy from the courtroom into the community. There’s no doubt that she’ll put that same enthusiasm into her work at the Supreme Court.

It would be naive to think that questions of gender balance didn’t creep into the governor’s choice. He was given grief when he opted for men with his previous two Supreme Court choices. He heard plenty about the fact that Indiana was among a small number that didn’t have a woman on the high court. Qualifications matter, no doubt. But to say that you can’t find a qualified woman for the Supreme Court in this state is laughable.

Daniels corrected that with what, barring something catastrophic, will be his final Supreme Court pick. He made a point to say that Rush, the lone woman among the three finalists, rose to the top, anyway. In her wake, Rush will leave a court where Solomon-like decisions are made daily about real kids’ lives and the parents who put them in unbelievably compromising positions.

Here’s hoping Tippecanoe County scores someone nearly as devoted to the task of watching out for the best interests of kids in this community.

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