Indiana Trial Courts

Oakes to preside over Marion Superior Executive Committee

January 20, 2017
IL Staff
Marion Superior Civil Division 2 Judge Tim Oakes has been elected the presiding judge of the Marion Superior Executive Committee, which oversees the operation and conduct of the court.
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Senate committee extends for $1 pro bono filing fee

January 12, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill extending the $1 additional civil filing fee to support pro bono programs sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday despite a discussion about the possibility of allowing Marion County small claims courts to keep the filing fees they collect for themselves.
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Critics blast Marion County judge-selection proposals

January 11, 2017
Dave Stafford
Legislation assuring partisan balance on the bench has key stakeholder and lawmaker support.
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Indiana judge lets death penalty appeal go to high court

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana judge has ruled that a man who faces the death penalty can appeal, claiming the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.
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Adopt-A-Doll brings cuteness to courtroom

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Most of the child-related cases heard in Clark Circuit Court No. 4 are grim. Judge Vicki Carmichael is accustomed to tales of neglect, abuse and troubled juveniles. Saturday’s court docket brought something entirely different — children with smiles on their faces clasping dolls and stuffed animals in front of the bench.
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State: Task force helped convict 8 of insurance fraud

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials say a state task force’s unemployment insurance fraud investigation has helped lead to the convictions of eight people.
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Neighbors sue to block $23M College Avenue development

January 9, 2017
Scott Olson
Neighbors of the site where a local developer plans to build a $23 million apartment and retail project along North College Avenue are seeking to stop the controversial project by taking legal action.
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Legislation would extend Marion Superior judges’ terms

January 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
A proposal for a new judicial selection system for Indianapolis would require term extensions for all 36 Marion Superior judges, the bill’s author said.
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Merit selection, with recommendations for voters, proposed for Indy bench

January 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A bill in the Indiana General Assembly would establish merit selection for Marion Superior judges, but Indianapolis’ version would also include recommendations from the judicial selection committee on whether voters should retain judges.
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Shirley gets maximum 50 years in Indianapolis house blast

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman who was one of five people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
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9 charged after toddler found locked inside box

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Authorities in northern Indiana have charged three people with neglect after a 3-year-old girl was found locked inside a wooden box for extended periods of time.
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Defendant in Indianapolis house blast to be sentenced

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman who was one of five people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion is set for sentencing.
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4 Indiana cities seek dismissal of LGBT protections suit

December 8, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Four Indiana cities have asked the Indiana Court of Appeals to overrule a judge’s ruling allowing conservative groups to go ahead with a lawsuit challenging anti-discrimination ordinances.
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2 face life sentences in Newton County slayings

December 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Prosecutors intend to seek sentences of life without parole for two 24-year-old men facing murder, theft and other charges in the slayings of three people in northwestern Indiana.
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Allen County judge dismisses Fort Wayne tax suit for lack of jurisdiction

December 1, 2016
Olivia Covington
An Allen County judge has dismissed the city of Fort Wayne’s complaint against the county auditor’s allocations of taxes, writing that the case should be heard in the Indiana Tax Court, not a trial court.
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Judges must balance timeliness rules with discretion

November 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
Recent decisions from the Indiana Court of Appeals have demonstrated the divide between statutory requirements and judicial discretion when it comes to motions filed after deadline.
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Delaware County creates domestic violence court

November 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has approved the creation of a domestic violence court in Delaware County.
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Judge denies prosecutor's request to move sheriff's trial

November 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff indicted on 10 felony counts including bribery and official misconduct will be tried in his home county.
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Vigo County deputy charged in alleged kickback scheme quits

November 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A Vigo County sheriff’s deputy jailed in an alleged school contract kickback scheme has resigned as he seeks his release from custody.
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Ex-police supervisor accused of stealing drugs pleads guilty

November 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A former Columbus Police Department narcotics division supervisor accused of taking drugs from its evidence room has pleaded guilty to charges.
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Mental defect defense sought for woman in Amber Alert deaths

November 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for an Indiana woman accused of abducting her two young children and smothering them are seeking a defense of mental disease or defect for her.
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Trial courts plan events to highlight, promote adoption

November 2, 2016
IL Staff
Twenty Indiana trial courts have planned events this month allowing cameras to document the placement of about 160 children with their adoptive parents.
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3 judges appointed to replace late Noblesville city judge

November 1, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has appointed three judges to temporarily replace a Noblesville city judge who died last month.
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Huntington Superior Court judge resigns

October 25, 2016
IL Staff
Judge Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger has announced his resignation from the Huntington Superior Court, effective Saturday, four years before his term is set to expire.
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Man charged with killing woman wants rape charge dismissed

October 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body have asked that a rape charge against him be dropped.
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  1. 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

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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