Indiana Trial Courts

Ex-prosecutor becomes Clark County chief public defender

October 19, 2016
 Associated Press
After nearly 14 years with the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office, Abraham Navarro has jumped over to Clark County to serve as chief public defender.
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Marion County courts prepare for transition to e-filing this month

October 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
Marion County courts will begin e-filing Oct. 28, and before the end of the year, electronic filing will be mandatory. But that hasn't stopped some people from asking those facilitating the change, “Are you actually going to do this?”
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Noblesville city court judge dies at 74

October 17, 2016
IL Staff
Noblesville City Court Judge Gregory L. Caldwell died Thursday night after serving as judge for 24 years. He was 74.
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Fort Wayne mom says she decided to kill kids after Amber Alert

October 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A Fort Wayne woman accused of smothering her two children after abducting them said she decided to kill them after hearing that authorities had issued an Amber Alert.
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Indianapolis father of missing infant acquitted of murder

October 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A jury on Friday found an Indianapolis man not guilty of murder in the presumed death of his 6-week-old son.
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Man gets 57-year sentence for 2015 Lafayette double homicide

October 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 57 years for killing two people during a Lafayette home invasion and armed robbery last year.
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Necessary judicial appointments may come at other courts’ expense

October 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
The short-staffing illustrated in the largest and most thorough weighted caseload study of the state’s trial courts may be met in the future, but not likely without cuts elsewhere. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, told a legislative study committee Sept. 22 that appointment of new state-paid judicial officers should be tied to reducing numbers of officers where they are underutilized.
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Illinois man denied pardon by Pence asks court for new trial

October 4, 2016
 Associated Press
An Illinois man denied a pardon by Gov. Mike Pence for a robbery he said he did not commit requested a new trial Monday in a bid to win exoneration.
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Underwood man found guilty in death of son, 4

October 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Jurors in Jeffersonville have convicted an Underwood man of battery and neglect in the death of his 4-year-old son.
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Trial starts for dad charged in missing baby case

October 4, 2016
 Associated Press
The trial for an Indianapolis man accused in the death of his 6-week-old son is expected to start Tuesday.
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E-filing now available in Grant County

October 3, 2016
IL Staff
Electronic filing is now available for more than 40 civil and criminal case types in Grant County, making the northern Indiana county the 18th in the state to adopt the e-filing system.
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Lake Circuit Judge Paras resigning early

September 30, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lake Circuit Court Judge George Paras will leave the bench early after being unseated in May’s Democratic primary by Highland lawyer Marissa McDermott.
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Ex-IU running back pleads not guilty to molestation

September 30, 2016
 Associated Press
Former Indiana University running back Kiante Enis has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony child molestation for allegedly having an illegal relationship with a girl under age 13.
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Attorneys differ by more than $100M in latest BMV lawsuit

September 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and for plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the agency differ by more than $100 million in how much it should repay motorists for overcharged license and title fees.
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Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles overcharges trial to begin

September 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A class-action lawsuit is set to go to trial accusing the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles of overcharging license and title fees.
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E-filing begins in Johnson County

September 26, 2016
IL Staff
Johnson County on Monday became the 17th Indiana circuit court to adopt electronic filing, and e-filing for most case types will become mandatory in there in two months.
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New study: State needs 17 more judicial officers

September 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
The biggest assessment of Indiana trial court caseloads and resources ever conducted reveals state trial courts need 17 more judges, magistrates and judicial officers than currently allocated.
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Criminal Justice Institute accepting funding applications

September 21, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is now accepting applications for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.
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Tweeting reporters allowed in court?

September 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
Members of the media and judges are working together to develop standards for journalists who want to cover court proceedings to protect defendants and allow transparency.
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Morgan County adopts e-filing

September 19, 2016
IL Staff
Electronic filing is available starting Monday for most civil and criminal cases in Morgan County, the 16th in the state to enable the technology, the Indiana Supreme Court announced. E-filing for cases at the Martinsville courthouse will become mandatory on Nov. 18.
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Court awards $10,000 to deaf litigant denied interpreter

September 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
A deaf Indianapolis man who was denied a sign language interpreter at his court-ordered mediation of a child-custody dispute will receive $10,380 in damages, a federal judge ruled.
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Affidavit: Fertility doctor used own sperm for impregnations

September 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor said he used his own sperm around 50 times instead of donated sperm that his patients were expecting, impregnating several women decades ago, but later denied it, according to court documents.
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Trial reset for February in Indiana triple-fatal crash

September 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A western Indiana judge has postponed until February the trial for a Cayuga man charged in connection with a triple-fatality crash.
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BMV criticizes law firm’s court order; firm says it’s trying to protect customers

September 12, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is criticizing an Indiana law firm for a court order the BMV says will “take money out of Hoosiers’ pockets,” but the attorney who filed the order said the request is meant to protect Hoosiers who are suing the BMV.
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Bail reforms encourage risk assessments in pretrial release decisions

September 7, 2016
IL Staff
As part of an effort to reform the state’s bail system and reduce recidivism rates, the Indiana Supreme Court has adopted a new criminal rule to encourage the prompt release of arrestees who do not pose a significant threat to public safety.
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  1. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  2. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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