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Steven H. David

Steven David
Steven David addresses the Press, following a hearing, at Guantanamo, on June 5th, 2008
Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana
Assumed office
October 18, 2010[1]
Nominated by Mitch Daniels
Preceded by Theodore R. Boehm
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 58–59)
Nationality United States
Occupation military officer, judge
Known for Indiana Supreme Court, Boone County Circuit Court, military service

Steven H. David (born 1957) is the 106th Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. David previously served as a lawyer and military officer, retiring from the United States Army Reserve in September, 2010 with the rank of Colonel.[2][3][4]


He served as a Chief Defense Counsel for the Office of Military Commissions the body authorized to conduct the military commissions to try Guantanamo captives. In October 2010 he was appointed a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court by then-Governor Mitch Daniels (R).

In 2008, while he was serving as Chief Defense Counsel, David complained that the Defense branch of the Office of Military Commission had not been allocated sufficient resources.[5][6][7][8]

According to The Times David called for the entire military commission system to be scrapped, following the conviction of Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, in August 2008.[9] He was critical of the way the commission had relied on hearsay evidence, secret testimony, and that evidence of abusive interrogation had been suppressed.

Notable Opinions

A majority opinion in "Barnes vs. Indiana", Justice David is infamous for writing the controversial majority opinion stating: "We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers."


  1. ^ "Indiana Judiciary: Current Justices". November 17, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dwight Thurner (2010-10-02). "New Ind. Supreme Court justice swearing-in Oct. 18".   mirror
  3. ^ "Daniels: Steven David to interpret rather than invent our laws".  
  4. ^ "History unfolds" (PDF).  
  5. ^ How the trials will work 144.  
  6. ^ William Glaberson (2008-02-13). "Doubts as six face death over September 11".   mirror
  7. ^ William Glaberson (2008-04-10). "New roadblocks delay tribunals at Guantánamo".  
  8. ^ "Capital cases in Kangaroo courts".  
  9. ^ "Guantanamo: justice mocked -- The Pentagon must see sense and accept the verdict of its own tribunal at Guantanamo".   mirror
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