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High court to give $750,000 for civil legal aid

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The Indiana Supreme Court will give a total of $750,000 to 11 civil legal aid groups in January 2010. This money is the first installment of the $1.5 million the court plans to provide to these groups next year.

The grant money will be split among 11 agencies around the state, with the organizations receiving anywhere from $5,000 to $479,000. To receive the Indiana Supreme Court Civil Legal Aid funding, an agency has to be a nonprofit in Indiana that provides civil legal aid services to the poor without charge.

The civil legal aid groups are:

- Indiana Legal Services Inc. - $479,012.74

- Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic - $80,315.63

- Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Inc. - $46,126.50

- Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana Inc. - $31,134.02

- Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (Community Development Law Center) - $24,675.72

- Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Inc. - $24,675.72

- Law School Legal Service Inc. - $24,675.72

- Legal Aid Society of Evansville Inc. - $13,650.05

- Elkhart Legal Aid Service Inc. - $12,344.39

- Legal Aid - District Eleven - $8,369.19

- Legal Aid Corp. of Tippecanoe County - $5,020.32

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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