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General Assembly votes on expungement and constitutional convention bills

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Hoosiers with criminal records might soon be able to erase their past.

The Indiana House of Representatives concurred by a vote of 78 to 19 Monday on House Bill 1482 that provides for the expungement of certain criminal records.

The measure, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, requires the court to expunge records of misdemeanor convictions and some Class D felony convictions under certain circumstances. It also allows the court to expunge records concerning more serious felony convictions.

To be eligible, individuals with criminal records must stay out of trouble for a specified period of years following the conviction.

Two bills regarding the push for an Article V Constitutional Convention were also approved Monday. The full Senate concurred with House amendments on SB 224 which outlines the duties of delegates and SB 225, which provides for the appointments of delegates.

Authored by Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, the bills are part of an effort to enlist other states in calling for a constitutional convention with the express purpose of drafting amendments that will limit the commerce and taxing powers of the federal government.

The accompanying Senate Joint Resolution 18 has stalled in the House Committee on Judiciary. Also authored by Long, this resolution makes an application to Congress to call for a constitutional convention.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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