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Justices consider PCR waiver in death penalty case

January 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a public defender failed to secure a statutorily required signature on Kevin Isom’s petition for post-conviction relief, Isom, a convicted murderer who has been sentenced to death, lost confidence in his legal team. He refused to provide his signature after the error was discovered, vowing not to sign unless he was appointed new counsel.
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Gary councilwoman challenges accusations of law violation

January 4, 2017
 Associated Press
A city councilwoman has filed a lawsuit to keep her second job as an employee of the Gary Sanitary District.
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Agreement with Gary to resolve Clean Water Act violations

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal and Indiana authorities have reached an agreement with the city of Gary to resolve longstanding violations of the Clean Water Act, including the release of raw sewage.
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Gary police log: Indiana lawmaker victim of armed robbery

December 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Police dispatch logs show that an Indiana lawmaker was the victim of an armed robbery at the Glen Theater in Gary.
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Bail set in 1980 death of Indiana police officer

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Bail has been set for a northwest Indiana man charged in the 1980 death of a police officer killed while working a side security job.
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Suspended lawyer ‘cannot take no for an answer,’ must pay sanctions

October 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
A suspended Gary lawyer continues to pursue cases that federal judges have ruled frivolous, and a judge in Hammond this week rejected his claim that he couldn’t afford to pay a $500 sanction imposed in one of the cases.
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Man who killed Gary police officer in 1981 to be released

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A man who struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid facing the death penalty after being convicted of killing a Gary police officer will be released from prison next year.
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Gary bar loses by default, owes fight promoter $6,000

July 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Gary bar that allowed patrons to watch an Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcast must pay more than $6,000 in damages for failing to pay for a license to air the broadcast, a federal judge ruled.
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IU McKinney professor celebrates Innocence Project client’s release

April 26, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis law professor is celebrating the release from prison of a Gary man who she has argued for years was wrongly convicted of rape, sexual deviate conduct and robbery.
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Not guilty pleas entered for Gary man in 5 women's slayings

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A magistrate has entered not guilty pleas to five new murder charges filed against an Indiana man who has confessed to killing seven women.
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Jury selection scheduled in killing of Gary police officer

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Jury selection has been scheduled to begin in January in the trial of a man accused of killing of a Gary police officer.
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Exonerated Gary man readjusts to life outside of prison

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A 47-year-old Gary man is readjusting to life outside of prison after he spent nearly 24 years behind bars for robbery and murder convictions that were overturned in appeal.
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Attorney general sues ex-Gary employee over fraud scheme

January 29, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit in Lake County against a former city of Gary employee who he says used her former position in the information technology department to defraud the city of nearly $1.4 million.
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Gary man out of prison after 24 years, convictions vacated

January 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A 47-year-old Gary man has been released after spending 24 years in prison for robbery and murder convictions that were overturned on appeal.
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Gary teens ask city to ban saggy pants

December 21, 2015
 Associated Press
Wearing pants low enough to expose underwear could soon be against the law in Gary, Indiana.
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Suspected killer cancels request to represent himself

November 19, 2015
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana man charged with strangling two women has decided not to represent himself during his upcoming trial.
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Company drops request for immigrant detention center

November 18, 2015
 Associated Press
A Florida-based company has withdrawn its request for a zoning variance to build an 800-bed immigration detention facility near the Gary Chicago International Airport.
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Gary airport tenant sues airport authority, private operator

September 28, 2015
 Associated Press
A tenant at the Gary/Chicago International Airport is suing the airport authority and its private operator, alleging that they "unilaterally" quadrupled its rent.
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Judge slams city with default sanction in wrongful arrest case

June 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
A federal judge threw the gavel at the city of Gary for ignoring court orders to respond to discovery in a social worker’s wrongful arrest suit against the city, Gary Community School Corp, and two Gary police officers who worked for the schools.
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Justices find nature of murders supports death penalty

May 20, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Gary man who shot and killed his wife and her two children at close range will remain on death row, the Indiana Supreme Court concluded Wednesday.
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Death penalty sought in suspected serial killings

April 17, 2015
 Associated Press
Prosecutors in Crown Point are seeking the death penalty against a Gary man charged in the slayings of two women and suspected in the deaths of five others.
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Rucker to be honored at April event in Gary

March 12, 2015
IL Staff
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker will receive the Merit of Distinction Award at the 3rd annual Katie Hall Public Service Awards Luncheon on April 4 in Gary.
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COA orders trial court to rule on motion to set aside tax deed

December 17, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
Because a man’s appeal of the issuance of a tax deed was improperly before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the court dismissed the appeal without prejudice and told the trial court to rule on his motion to set aside.
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Charges filed in 2nd case in Gary killings

October 22, 2014
 Associated Press
A man who told police he killed seven women in Indiana now faces charges in a second death.
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Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

October 22, 2014
 Associated Press
With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

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