Thursday, January 30, 2014

Curry Files for Reelection

Terry Curry
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry filed officially to run for reelection, yesterday.  It was a move that surprised no one.

Back in 2010, Curry started the race neck-and-neck with now Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Mark Massa, and pulled away from him slowly but surely by running a better campaign.  At the end of the campaign, Curry won the office by nearly four percentage points.

Since being sworn-in, Curry has systematically worked to undo much of the damage Carl Brizzi did to the office during his time there.
 
As one of his first orders of business, Curry refiled DUI charges that Brizzi had dropped against officer David Bisard.  Bisard was accused of running his patrol vehicle into a group of motorcyclists killing Eric Wells and seriously injuring friends Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly.

As you may remember, procedure was not correctly followed in obtaining blood samples from Bisard that would show that he was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.  Brizzi dropped the DUI charges, but Curry reinstated them forcing a judge to make the call as to whether or not they would be admissible in court.  The judge backed Curry's decision, and the DUI charges stood.

Over three years later, after a long court battle and more controversy about how IMPD handled the case, Curry's Office came through with a conviction of Bisard.  He's now appealing the conviction, but he's serving 16 years (three suspended) behind bars.

That's just one reason Curry has shown the judgement to be Prosecutor.  From Curry's campaign:
“From the early days of our campaign four years ago, we pledged to restore integrity and public confidence in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office,” said Prosecutor Curry. “I believe we have made considerable progress on that front, but our work is far from finished. Marion County faces significant challenges as it relates to public safety, and we look forward to continuing to be active partners in identifying workable and sustainable solutions to keep our city safe.”

Under Curry’s leadership, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has aggressively prosecuted gun and violent crimes and has placed significant emphasis on implementing creative crime prevention strategies at the neighborhood level through community prosecution outreach and engagement.

Drawing on Curry’s experience as a former grand jury deputy prosecutor, the office has beefed up white collar and long-term investigations. The Prosecutor’s Office works closely with state and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute fraud against Indiana taxpayers, and for the first time ever in the State of Indiana, has filed Common Wage violations against contractors and subcontractors who do not pay required wages on public construction projects.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as Marion County Prosecutor,” said Curry, who has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years, “and I look forward to a positive, robust, and thoughtful campaign. I also am proud to work every day with the 400 men and women of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, who are dedicated and committed to protecting the people they serve.”

Curry will participate in the Marion County Democratic Party’s slating convention on February 8, where it is expected he will be formally nominated by the party.

Curry will hold one of his first official campaign events on Saturday at Radio Radio down in Fountain Square.  The ever-popular Currypalooza features great music and  fun.  Tickets are $20 at the door, and showtime is 6:30 p.m.

So far, only one Republican appears to have filed for the office.  Duane Merchant has raised just $50 for his run thus far according to paperwork filed just a few weeks ago with the Marion County Clerk.  The filing deadline for the primary is Feb. 7.

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