The Indianapolis Times this morning reports:
-- In examining some campaign organization forms, it was interesting to discover that embattled Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is listed as the campaign chairman for GOP Superior Court Judge Robert Altice. Brizzi apparently has
served as Altice's campaign chairman since 1999. Wasn't Altice the same judge who presided over the bench trial of convicted Hamilton Avenue killer Desmond Turner? And who was the high-profile prosecutor involved in that case? You guessed it, Carl Brizzi.
"Interesting?" I'm not sure that Terry Burns knows what a huge bombshell he has uncovered. If Judge Altice and/or Prosecutor Brizzi did not disclose this relationship to defense counsel, especially while defense counsel and the defendant were debating going with the jury or a bench trial, I think the Indiana Supreme Court is going to reverse the decision and order a new trial. Chief Justice Randall Shepherd is already on record as saying how much he dislikes the partisan election system for judges and how it interferes with the fair administration of justice. He particularly dislikes
the set up in Marion County where the party leaders have a stranglehold on
judicial nominations via slating and every candidate nominated at the primary wins the general election. This would be the perfect opportunity for the Court to make a statement by reversing the decision and giving a tongue-lashing to the judge and prosecutor.
Then again, maybe the relationship was disclosed and the defense chose to go with Judge Altice anyway. Somehow I doubt they would have chose a bench trial if they knew the closeness of the relationship between the judge and prosecutor.