Criminal Case

COA: Mentally disabled man belongs in work release, not prison

October 31, 2016
Olivia Covington
A Greene County man whose home detention was revoked in favor of imprisonment will now be sent to a work-release facility after the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the man’s financial situation and documented mental illnesses were  mitigating factors in his sentencing.
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Supreme Court gives new chance to 5 Arizona inmates

October 31, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering Arizona judges to reconsider life sentences with no chance of parole for five inmates who were convicted of murder for crimes they committed before they turned 18.
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COA: Police lawfully entered home; battery conviction upheld

October 31, 2016
Olivia Covington
A Richmond man’s request to have his conviction for battery against two police officers overturned was denied Monday by a panel of the Indiana  Court of Appeals, which found that the officers had lawfully entered the man’s home because they suspected him of being armed and dangerous.
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Man who broke officer's jaw gets 30-year sentence

October 24, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man convicted of punching a jail officer so hard it broke his jaw in three places has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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Child porn accuser drops lawsuit against ex-Subway pitchman

October 21, 2016
 Associated Press
The family of a girl who accused Jared Fogle in a child pornography case that led to the former Subway pitchman's imprisonment is dropping a lawsuit against him.
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COA finds victim credible, affirms rape, theft convictions

October 19, 2016
Olivia Covington
After entering a Marion County family’s home with a gun, raping the mother and robbing the family of valuable possessions, the man convicted in the case cannot have his multiple convictions overturned after the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the mother’s testimony was not incredibly dubious.
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Dissenting COA judge seeks to double molester’s sentence

October 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
A dissenting Indiana Court of Appeals judge Wednesday said he would use the court’s authority to double the sentence of a man ordered to serve four years in the Indiana Department of Correction for his conviction of two counts of Class C child molesting.
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COA: Illinois sex offender must register in Indiana

October 19, 2016
Olivia Covington
An Illinois sex offender now living in Indiana must keep his name on the Indiana sex-offender registry after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Wednesday that there was no ex post facto violation in applying the state’s registration tolling statute to the man after he moved to Indiana.
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COA allows juvenile expungement despite pending charge

October 19, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has allowed a Marion County man’s juvenile record to be expunged after finding that a criminal charge that was filed against him after he filed a petition for expungement cannot be held against him in the expungement case.
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Ex-Lake Station mayor begins serving federal sentence

October 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Former Lake Station mayor Keith Soderquist has begun serving a four-year federal prison term for public corruption.
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ISBA panel says a confession is not always true

October 5, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The conviction of Brendan Dassey, the Wisconsin teenager whose admission of guilt and subsequent trial for murder were part of the docuseries “Making a Murderer,” has brought fresh attention to the fact that innocent people do confess to crimes they did not commit
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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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Inmate death a challenge for states: How to tell victims?

September 30, 2016
 Associated Press
States have struggled to meet a 2004 federal mandate to notify crime victims of certain events, including an offender's death: Most notifications that an inmate has been released from custody don't mention the inmate's death.
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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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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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Indiana driver accused of hitting horse-drawn buggy, fleeing

September 6, 2016
 Associated Press
A Yorktown man is accused of hitting a horse-drawn buggy with his pickup truck and then fleeing the scene.
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Anderson woman pleads guilty in 12-year-old girl's death

September 2, 2016
 Associated Press
An Anderson woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of a 12-year-old girl who was fatally injured by a lawnmower.
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Indiana woman uses religious objections law in abuse defense

September 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana's religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs.
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Man who parked car on I-94 must face OWI causing death charge

August 31, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Criminal charges against a man who prosecutors say was drunk and parked his car in an interstate lane in the early morning hours, leading to the death of truck driver, will move forward after the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the denial of the driver’s motions to dismiss and suppress evidence.
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7th Circuit rejects government’s position of inmate self-defense

August 31, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hold, as the district court did, that an inmate can only use force in self-defense against a correctional officer if the inmate faces death or serious bodily harm.
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Man entitled to serve sentence in jail, not DOC

August 31, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals ordered a trial court to resentence a man under the statute in place when he was sentenced, even though he committed the crime before the date noted in the statute. As a result, he is entitled to serve his Level 6 felony in jail instead of the Department of Correction.
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Man’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim fails in 7th Circuit

August 30, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The habeas corpus petition by a prisoner at the Miami Correctional Facility was correctly denied in federal court, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held Monday. The man argued his appellate counsel provided ineffective assistance of counsel regarding his habitual offender adjudication.
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Man’s sentence for body armor possession upheld

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the sentence for a convicted felon who was found wearing body armor after police pulled him over for traffic violations and fleeing officers.
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Feds: Charleston church shooting suspect 'self-radicalized'

August 23, 2016
 Associated Press
A white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston "self-radicalized" in the months before the attack and grew more entrenched in his beliefs in white supremacy, according to court papers prosecutors filed this week in federal court.
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