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 Crane Passed Over for Appeals Court Seat

November 28, 2007 - Henry County Prosecutor Kit Crane is no longer in contention to replace a retiring Indiana Court of Appeals judge in May.

Crane was one of 15 applicants interviewed two weeks ago by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, a seven-member body narrowing the field of possible replacements for retiring Judge John Shapnack. While not one of seven semi-finalists chosen to return for a follow-up interview, Crane, a four-term Henry County Prosecutor, said he's OK with that.

"I came away with a positive experience," Crane told The Banner. "I'm not upset at all. … I think that every experience you have in life, if you don't take something away from it, then you've wasted that experience." He said he enjoys being prosecutor and looks forward to continuing to meet the challenges and responsibilities that come with the job.

Crane was the first applicant interviewed November 13, and he said commission members asked good questions and were "nice … very professional and polite." He said he did not envy their task.

"I can't imagine how difficult that job is, to sit on that commission," Crane said. "They have to take 15 applicants and narrow it down to seven, and then narrow that seven down to three."

The seven semi-finalists include four trial court judges, the executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, a state senator and an Evansville attorney. The commission will nominate three of these applicants to the governor, who, within 60 days, will choose one of them as Sharpnack's replacement.

 

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