(INDIANAPOLIS) - Gov. Mitch Daniels has named his former legal counsel, Mark Massa, to the Indiana Supreme Court.
Daniels named Massa, 50, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.
Massa is a former newspaper reporter who currently serves as executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. He was Daniels' chief counsel from 2006 to 2010 and also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and as a Marion County deputy prosecutor.
He also clerked for Shepard and worked as an aide to then-Gov. Robert Orr in the late 1980s.
Shepard is retiring effective today after 27 years on the court.
Judge Cale Bradford of the Indiana Court of Appeals and Jane Seigel, director of the Indiana Judicial Center, were among the three finalists recommended last month by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.
The new appointee is not automatically chief justice. The nominating commission will select a new chief from among the court's five justices in the next few months.
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