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Clay Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Pell has announced his candidacy for Judge of Clay Circuit Court.
Judge Pell graduated from Brazil High School in 1973. He attended Indiana University, lettered in wrestling there in 1974 and graduated in 1977. He obtained his law degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1980. After admission to practice in Florida and Indiana, he practiced law in Florida and returned to Clay County in 1982. He served as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney under Fritz Modesitt. he also served as Child Support Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney under David Thomas. In all, Judge Pell has spent 15 years with the Prosecutor's Office together with 18 years in private practice in Clay County. In March 2005, Judge Pell was appointed by Gov. Mitch daniels to fill the vacancy created when former Judge Ernest Yelton left to head the Indiana Gaming Commission.
He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brazil, where he and his wife, Jan, were married in 1988. He currently serves as Secretary of Clay Community Parks Association Inc. and is a member of Brazil Rotary Club.
"My goal is to administer the caseload fairly, impartially and efficiently. I intend to conduct hearings with respect for attorneys and litigants, and I won't hesitate to be tough, if the case calls for it."