June 01, 2017

Sua Sponte: A Judge Comments

Another judge offers his perspective on judicial dissents.

Hon. Randall Shepard

 Download a printable PDF of this article. (The sua sponte begins on page two of the PDF.)

After I had been at the Indiana Supreme Court for several months, my good mentor and sponsor Ted Lockyear called to complain. “You’re not filing enough dissents,” he said. “Ted,” I replied, “that’s because I’m winning. Why would I join the losing side just so I can write dissents?”

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