Justice Steven David and Gitmo

Justice Steven David

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David

Last Tuesday, Justice David of the Indiana Supreme Court spoke to my law students about his time as Chief Defense Counsel for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.  He personally represented and supervised the representation of people the United States government labelled terrorists and enemy combatants.


Steven H. David is the 106th Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. David previously served as a lawyer and military officer. He retired from the United States Army Reserve in September 2010 with the rank of Colonel.

Justice David was born in Allen County, Indiana, and raised in Bartholomew County, Indiana.


He graduated magna cum laude from Murray State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate on an R.O.T.C. scholarship. He earned his law degree from Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is also a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges.

Legal career

David served as a Chief Defense Counsel for prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp when they were tried by the Guantanamo military commission. While serving in that capacity, David complained in 2008 that he lacked sufficient defense lawyers and other resources to defend the prisoners.  David personally represented Salim Ahmed HamdanOsama bin Laden‘s driver. After the commission convicted Hamdan, David broadly criticized the commission’s loose procedures, including acceptance of hearsay and secret testimony, restrictions on media coverage, and suppression of evidence of abusive interrogations. He called for scrapping the commission system.

In October 2010, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels appointed David to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Notable opinion

Justice David wrote the majority opinion in Barnes vs. Indiana.

Information from Wikipedia

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