INDIANA SUPREME COURT INDIANAS HIDDEN PROBLEM
Posted by zeakster on March 3, 2010
It’s the high court of Indiana, the court our state constitution vests with supreme judicial power. As such the Supreme Court of Indiana is the final interpreter of our state constitution and laws. It gives meaning and effect to the words “all people are created equal.” It is our system’s check on an over-reaching legislative or executive branch which would deny equality or justice to any among us. Unfortunately, the people who make up this court are susceptible to the same prejudices of any other person and can fail to live up to the high ideas and ideals embodied in our constitution. At no point in our state’s history was this more apparent than a bizarre series of events occurring in October, 1998, which spewed deep-seated bigotry on the high court. What made this sad chapter in Indiana history so unusual was the fact that the perpetrators and the victim were all justices of the Supreme Court. As I stated in my earlier post, “Why Inequality Exists Under Our Current Law?”, judges “[s]ometimes . . . act fairly and in the spirit of our constitution; other times they act out of self-interest and personal prejudice.” And noone demonstrated the latter more than former Supreme Court Justice Alfred Pivarnik when he would accuse none other than the Court’s Chief Justice of being a drunken, pot-smoking queer.