By Braden Pelley
Gov. Mike Pence appointed a new judge to the Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday.
Judge Robert Altice, currently a Marion County Superior Court judge, was appointed to take the second district spot in the Indiana Court of Appeals.
“I really look forward to serving the public at this time in a very different role,” said Altice. “I hope that my past, both as a trial judge, deputy prosecutor and civil litigator has prepared me for what I’m about to learn and about to do in the next many years. I’m very much looking forward to that.”
Judge Ezra Friedlander of the second judicial district will vacate his position after serving more than 22 years on the bench.
“Throughout his career Judge Altice has demonstrated unwavering commitment to justice, unquestioned integrity, and a profound level of fair mindedness” Pence said. “And I am grateful for his willingness to serve.”
Altice was chosen for the position from a total of three final candidates. The other two vying for the job were Judge Christopher Goff and Indianapolis attorney Patricia McMath.
Eight candidates in total applied for the job. A seven-member commission selected three candidates and Pence made the final appointment.
Braden Pelley is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students.