Criminal Case

COA finds no Brady violation in burglary case

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a man’s conviction for felony burglary, finding the state did not violate his rights by failing to disclose before trial the existence of a wallet discovered during the investigation into the burglary.
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Jury selection enters day 2 in Bill Cosby sex assault case

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Jury selection resumed Tuesday outside Philadelphia in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial as prosecutors and the defense seek to fill out a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in a case that has attracted worldwide publicity.
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7th Circuit affirms denial of habeas relief

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of a man’s petition for habeas relief after finding he waived his argument of ineffective assistance of counsel by not raising that argument in his habeas petition.
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Supreme Court to hear whistleblower case against IDEM

May 12, 2017
IL Staff
A former state employee who claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on questionable payment practices in the Indiana Department of Environment Management will bring her case before the Indiana Supreme Court next week, when she will urge the justices to allow her complaint against the state agency to continue.
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Man uses plastic bat to defend son from goose, gets ticket

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose.
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ACLU slams, prosecutors welcome Sessions' call for tougher charges

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "repeating a failed experiment" by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.
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‘Repugnant’ teacher’s 21-year molest sentence affirmed

April 6, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Seymour Middle School math teacher lost his appeal and will serve the 21-year sentence imposed by the trial court for grooming and molesting a student whose parents say she was “broken” by the experience. One Court of Appeals judge wrote he might have added years to the teacher’s sentence, had the state asked.
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COA affirms convictions in Tippecanoe County robberies

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Tippecanoe County man’s numerous robbery, criminal confinement and firearm convictions have been affirmed after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday that the trial court did not abuse its discretion throughout the conviction and sentencing process.
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Man who spat in woman’s face loses appeal

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has confirmed a battery conviction against a man who spat in a woman’s face after finding that minor discrepancies in the charging information and evidence at trial did not undermine the case.
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Indiana sheriff agrees to plea deal right before trial

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.
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Man gets 20 years for attempted murder of IMPD officer

March 23, 2017
IL Staff
An Indianapolis man who opened fire on a police officer after crashing his car at the end of a high-speed chase was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry announced March 23.
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Clarksville man backs out of plea deal in girl’s abuse death

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man has backed out of a plea agreement in the child abuse death of his former girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
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Two-year prison sentence affirmed for convict with leukemia

March 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the two-year sentence handed down to an older man being treated for leukemia, though the dissenting appellate judge had serious questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ ability to meet the man’s medical needs.
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Women reach plea deals in prostitution case involving teen

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Three Indianapolis women, including a guardian, have reached plea agreements with prosecutors in connection with prostitution-related charges involving a teenage girl.
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Murder charges dropped against Gary woman after years in jail

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press
Charges have been dropped against a Gary woman who has been in jail for more than four years accused of arranging the death of a business associate.
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Indiana man accused of spreading HIV sentenced to prison

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press
A Terre Haute man accused of spreading HIV has been ordered to serve 20 years in prison.
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Tight budgets could complicate Sessions’ vow to fight crime

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising his Justice Department will lead the charge in helping cities fight violent crime, and police chiefs are ready with their wish lists. But the federal law-enforcement agencies could receive less funding in a budget plan to be introduced Thursday.
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Court must reconsider sanction for probation violations

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court must revisit the sanction it imposed pursuant to an agreement on a Washington County woman who violated her probation. The Indiana Court of Appeals held Monday that the trial court had discretion to determine what the appropriate sanction should be.
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Gorsuch might be tough to predict on criminal justice cases

March 13, 2017
 Associated Press
During a decade on the federal appeals court in Denver, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has raised concerns about intrusive government searches and seizures that he found to violate constitutional rights. He generally has ruled against defendants appealing their convictions and those who claim they received unfair trials. But he also has warned in writings and speeches about the danger of having too many criminal laws on the books.
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Indiana couple charged with neglect in death of 5-year-old

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Authorities say a western Indiana couple failed to provide adequate nutrition and follow-up medical care for their disabled 5-year-old daughter who died last year.
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Man gets 190 years for killing 3 in Fort Wayne robbery

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced an Indiana man to 190 years in prison following his convictions on three counts of murder.
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SCOTUS: Jury secrecy no bar to looking into race bias

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A juror's use of racial or ethnic slurs during deliberations over a defendant’s guilt can be a reason for breaching the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in the jury room, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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Lawyer: Experts say man who beheaded son ready for release

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A lawyer in Virginia Beach, Virginia said experts believe her client is ready to be released from a Virginia psychiatric hospital where he was sent after decapitating his 5-year-old son and saying he was trying to save the boy from the Antichrist.
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Ex-IU student ethics employee sentenced in child porn case

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A former employee of Indiana University’s Office of Student Ethics has been sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
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Delphi girls’ killing investigators get bigger headquarters

February 27, 2017
 Associated Press
Investigators in Delphi have moved to a larger headquarters as they work on finding who killed two teenage girls near a northern Indiana hiking trail.
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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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