Prosecutor candidate Duane Merchant vows to make changes. “I spent more than 20 years of my career as a Deputy Prosecutor and I’ve never heard of such an egregious number of violations,” stated Merchant. “There is simply no excuse for Prosecutor Curry to tolerate this level of misconduct. He is charged with leading that office and he has failed his legal duty to ensure that deputies conform to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.”
If elected Prosecutor, Merchant plans a full review of all policies and procedures within the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. “As Prosecutor, I’ll make it clear from day one that prosecutorial misconduct will not be tolerated and those who violate those rules will be held accountable,” concluded Merchant.
Duane Merchant is a veteran attorney with over 25 years of experience. He served over two decades as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor. Duane has successfully prosecuted over 100 jury trials and well over a thousand court trials. He has also served in many supervisory roles during his tenure at the Marion County Prosecutor’s office.Schumm's blog post is well worth the read, which you can access here. He is equally as critical of the Supreme Court for failing to "expect at least as much of lawyers in the justice systems as it does [from non-lawyers]." "The Indiana Supreme Court leads the State’s judicial system," Schumm wrote. "If it shows little or no concern about prosecutor misconduct, one cannot expect the Court of Appeals, the Disciplinary Commission, and others to care much either."