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State Supreme Court Rejects Request to Open Senator’s Bar Application

October 27, 1988

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana Supreme Court rejected two requests Wednesday to open the application of Republican vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle to become a member of the Indiana bar.

A Wisconsin attorney and The Indianapolis News had made separate requests for the application under the Indiana Public Records Law.

The document, entitled the ″Application for Admission Upon Examination to Practice Law in the Supreme Court of Indiana,″ contains several questions asking whether the applicant has been dishonest or had academic difficulties.

Questions have been raised repeatedly about the Indiana senator’s academic performance since he was selected as the running mate to Vice President George Bush.

Supreme Court Administrator Karl Mulvaney Wednesday said the full court decided not to release the record in keeping with its past policies. The Public Records law exempts records ″declared confidential by or under rules adopted by the supreme court of Indiana.″