Steve Stewart was first appointed Clark County Prosecuting Attorney on July 24, 1989 by Governor Evan Bayh. He has since been elected to that Office by Clark County voters in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. He is the longest serving Prosecuting Attorney in Clark County history.
Steve has over 30 years experience as a prosecutor, serving as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Louisville, Kentucky from 1980-83, and as Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Clark County from 1983-89.
Steve graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 1976 with a B.A. in History. He obtained his law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1979.
Steve has obtained notoriety by authoring a book, The Indiana Habitual Offender Manual, used by Indiana Prosecutors as a guide to the aggressive prosecution of career criminals. He publishes a yearly compendium of death penalty materials through the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, and has written articles on numerous topics including the Death Penalty, Indiana Evidence, Ethics and Legislation. Steve has been an adjunct instructor of Criminal Law at Indiana University Southeast for over 20 years. He is a certified instructor of the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board and regularly conducts seminars to assist Clark County law enforcement officers.
In 1996, Steve was elected by Indiana Prosecutors as Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. Steve has served on the Board of Directors since 1990, and continues to serve in that capacity.
Steve is a member of the Indiana and Kentucky Bar, the National District Attorneys Association, the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, and the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee of the Department of Justice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Indiana Drug Task Force, as Project Director of the Clark County Drunk Driving Task Force, and on the Advisory Board of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. In 1993, he served on the Evidence Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court, recommending uniform rules that were later adopted as the Indiana Rules of Evidence.
After taking office, Steve's #1 priority was to establish a system that would assist crime victims. With federal funds, he successfully created one of the first Victim Assistance Programs in the state, providing victims with the support and assistance they deserve. Steve strongly joined the efforts of the Attorney General in passing the Victim Rights Amendment to the Indiana Constitution.
He has also consistently supported efforts to assist abused and battered women. A Domestic Violence Unit was created in 1997, and ground was broken for the new Floyd/Clark Spouse Abuse Shelter in 1998. In conjunction with Child Protective Services and Clark County Memorial Hospital, a Sexual Assault Unit for victims was also created.
He has also been a leader among Indiana Prosecutors in fighting to combat sexual, emotional, and physical abuse of the elderly, serving as the "hub" prosecutor for Unit 14 of Adult Protective Services since 1989.
Steve has consistently fought for more effective laws to combat crime, and was appointed by former Governor O'Bannon as a member of the Criminal Law Study Commission, to review proposed legislation in the area of criminal law, and to make specific recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly. He has authored legislation over the years to assist crime victims, and continues to serve on that Commission.
In 2004, Steve was appointed by Governor Kernan to the newly created Indiana State Child Protection Task Force. Administered by the Division of Families and Children, this group of professionals includes physicians, psyciatrists, nurses, and social workers, and reviews difficult cases of child abuse from around the state, making specific recommendations on a plan of action to best protect the interests and safety of the child.
Steve played professional softball with the Kentucky Bourbons and was an all-pro pitcher in 1980 and 1981. He confesses to a hopeless addiction to baseball, computers, and Big Red.
Steve and his wife of 39 years, Candy, live in Utica Township and have two daughters, Lynsey (34) and Lauren (26).
"I have the best job a lawyer can have. Every day, I get to walk into court wearing a white hat and fight on behalf of crime victims; to fight for justice. There can be no better job than that."
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