APPOINT A HIGHLY QUALIFIED BLACK JUDGE IN ALLEN COUNTY, INDIANA

APPOINT A HIGHLY QUALIFIED BLACK JUDGE IN ALLEN COUNTY, INDIANA

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ChangeMakers Fort Wayne started this petition to Governor Eric Holcomb

We would like to impact disparities in politics and legislation in Allen County and Indiana. Our bench should be representative of its community. Magistrate Morgan comes highly qualified for this position and especially in light of the changes our country is undergoing, it is very important that Indiana embraces Diversity and Inclusion in the courthouse. #AppointMagistrateMorgan  

 

Petition Letter: 

On behalf of the community, we are writing this letter in support of Magistrate Lori K Morgan. We hope that the Judicial Nominating Commission will be fair in its selection. As you all may well know, Magistrate Lori K. Morgan has been a magistrate in the Allen Superior Court for a period of 26 years. In the words of the great Martin Luther King Jr., it is our hope that she is judged by the content of her character. Magistrate Lori K. Morgan has displayed for this community a character of humility, one that is desirable when dealing with families. She is impartial and unbiased.  She has shown herself approved and should be treated as such. 


Correspondingly, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush has called for more action to improve implicit bias and racial disparity in court systems. And we quote her as saying, “Courts are the hallowed halls within which justice is sought. It is guaranteed by due process and equal protection rights. But, if their power is abused, courts can be complicit in perpetuating the bias and inequity that are carved in our nation’s history.” She said. “I want to make known that we can and must do better.” And this is not just attributed to criminal cases and civil cases but also in matters where people are blocked in the progression of their daily duties. She further states, “We must improve the pathway for more people of color to become lawyers and judges. People must see themselves, their experiences, and their backgrounds reflected in the bench and bar of this state to foster trust and understanding between the public and the judicial branch.” If people of color are constantly presented with the fact that there is no one who looks like them educated enough, intelligent enough, or virtuous enough to sit in these hallowed halls where justice is sought then where is the justice?


Please understand this, we are not asking for anything that is not deserved. But we can no longer sit by and watch these injustices occur and turn a blind eye. A final thought from Justice Rush is that the path to a lifetime of equal experience must begin with our children, whether it be through juvenile justice or child welfare. They must be treated equitably. Magistrate Lori Morgan has worked in this arena for 26 years and her performance has been stellar. She puts family first.  As the old adage goes, charity begins at home and spreads abroad and because she comes from a family that is family-oriented the children that present themselves in her courtroom are always placed at the highest standards. The children are first and foremost in her mind. If there is ever an inkling that a child may be abused, neglected, or placed in harm’s way, her decision will always be based on the best interest and well-being of the child with hopes of reuniting families. We simply ask that those who make the choice do so in fairness and based on what is best for the children in the judicial system. We ask that the Judicial Nominating Commission base its decision on wisdom, experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The system can no longer continue to disregard the cries of the people if the disparities which divide us will ever be corrected. Finally, we must ask ourselves if not now when?


In closing, we would like to thank you for your time and attention and we would ask that you search down deep in your hearts and do the right thing. We’re not asking for a handout but a hand up,  because her ability to make changes within this judiciary starts now.  She must be given a fair opportunity in order to be successful. 


Meet Magistrate Lori K. Morgan

https://www.fwinkspot.com/homepage/2020/5/2/meet-magistrate-lori-k-morgan?fbclid=IwAR1suvAYndfSWSU-M2uA2O4R6cU9EEG2qGNVmI2hJFBAJnXbG9dNJCu87_c

Fort Wayne Ink Spot

https://www.fwinkspot.com/homepage/2020/5/2/meet-magistrate-lori-k-morgan?fbclid=IwAR2zENXFX_dN0Goc6psPqDNixlowUNFhZamDinjoIiDgTxC74891sS90Q7M

 

Governor Eric Holcomb:https://www.in.gov/gov/ask-eric/

Steve Shine: sshine@shineandhardin.com

Allenjnc@courts.in.gov


Judicial Nominating Commission: 

Justice Steve David (Chairman): Administrator Sandy Knox at 317-232-2547 or sandy.knox@courts.in.gov

Ben Eisbart: ben.eisbart@steeldynamics.com

Robert Kruger

Angie Moellering

Dan Palmer: dpalmer@hsk-law.com 

Linda Polley

Mark Terrell

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