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Bisard trial costs Allen County nearly $26,000

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The Allen County court that conducted the criminal trial of a former Indianapolis police officer accused of killing a man and injuring two others while driving intoxicated has totaled up how much Marion County owes it: $25,588.13.

The trial of former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard was moved to Allen County from Marion County due to pretrial publicity. Bisard was convicted in November of Class B felony operating with a blood-alcohol concentration higher than 0.15; Class C felonies operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless homicide; and Class D felonies OWI causing serious injury, operating with a BAC 0.08 causing injury, OWI causing serious injury, operating with a BAC of 0.08, and two counts of criminal recklessness. He was sentenced to 13 years.

The trial was conducted in Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck’s court over the course of 17 days. The Allen Superior Court and the Allen County clerk have submitted paperwork to the Allen County auditor, which will then send it to the Marion County auditor. The Indiana Supreme Court released the change of venue record and claim Wednesday.

The most expensive costs were mileages, meals, lodging, per diems and materials paid to or for jurors at $18,592.58; and “all other expenses necessarily incurred by the county due to this change of venue” which notes “(Overtime Hours for Sheriff) at $4,260.80. The one-page form also notes it cost $1,750 to house Bisard during the trial.

In August 2010, Bisard’s squad car crashed into motorcyclists stopped at an intersection in Indianapolis. Eric Wells was killed in the crash; Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly were severely injured. A blood draw taken the day of the crash came back with a 0.19 percent BAC, although responding officers at the scene did not note any signs of impairment regarding Bisard.

 

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  1. A sad end to a prolific gadfly. Indiana has suffered a great loss in the journalistic realm.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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