Search for next Indiana high court justice narrowed to three

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Three finalists have been chosen to fill the vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Hamilton Superior Judge Steve Nation, Tippecanoe Superior Judge Loretta Rush and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were chosen Wednesday by the  Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission.

One of the finalists will replace Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., who retired from the court July 31 to teach at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has 60 days to make his appointment.

Daniels has been urged to appoint a woman to the currently all-male five-member court. Rush is the only female finalist after 16 women were among the 22 applicants for the vacancy.

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