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Judges to tour Chicago-area justice centers

Dave Stafford
June 2, 2014
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Marion Superior judges this week will visit two suburban Chicago criminal justice complexes as Indianapolis officials proceed with plans to build a jail and criminal courts complex west of the downtown mile square.

About a half-dozen judges are expected to take a day trip Friday to tour the DuPage County Courthouse and Administration Building in Wheaton, Ill., and the Kane County Judicial Center in Geneva, Ill. Judges previously visited the new Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh, N.C.

During a meeting of the general term of Marion Superior judges Monday, Kurt Fullbeck from the office of Mayor Greg Ballard told judges that the timeline for a Marion County criminal justice complex remains on track.

Ballard and Marion County Sheriff John Layton back a proposal to build a criminal justice complex on a portion of the former General Motors stamping plant west of White River and south of Washington Street.

Fullbeck said the three short-listed project candidate teams have undergone industry reviews and the city expects to release an official request for proposals this month. That would keep the project on track for a final proposal to be presented to judges and the City/County Council this fall.

While the project has no official price tag, officials have said it’s likely to cost several hundred million dollars. Officials expect savings from elimination of inefficiencies and duplication of services would fund the cost of the building.
 
 

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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