Indiana Trial Courts

Suspended judge gets probation for shoving police chief

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A suspended eastern Indiana city court judge has been placed on probation for shoving a police chief who also is his nephew.
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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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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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COA orders trial court to comply with Trial Rule 59 in custody case

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Putnam Superior Court must reconsider a motion to correct error on a child custody modification motion, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday, because the trial court did not provide a reason for granting the motion to correct.
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Indiana Senate OKs abortion bill on parental notification

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Pregnant minors would be unable to obtain an abortion without at least attempting to notify their parents under a measure that cleared the Indiana Senate Tuesday.
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Hate-crime bill pulled before Senate vote

February 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The only hate crime bill that was sent to the Senate floor for a vote was pulled by the author yesterday after a proposed amendment from a Republican senator split support for the measure and led to the conclusion that reaching a consensus would be too difficult.
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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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60-year sentence for abduction, slaying of Indiana toddler

February 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-month-old girl was sentenced Monday to 60 years in prison after a judge accepted his plea agreement.
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Man ruled competent to stand trial in officer's slaying

February 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis police officer has been found competent to understand the charges against him.
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Robing ceremony planned for former senator elected to St. Joseph bench

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
A former Indiana senator who was recently elected to St. Joseph Circuit Court will be honored this week.
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Merit selection for Marion County a path back to court?

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the General Assembly weighs a new means of choosing Marion County judges, critics of the proposed merit-selection system say its enactment will almost guarantee another court fight.
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Indiana man pleads guilty in 2015 crash that killed 3 teens

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty in Newport to charges in connection with a one-vehicle crash in 2015 that killed his three teenage passengers.
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US, ACLU join deaf litigant in ADA suit against Indiana court

February 20, 2017
Dave Stafford
A deaf litigant who was denied a sign language interpreter for court-ordered mediation in his child-custody case has the support of the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in his federal disability-discrimination lawsuit against Marion Circuit Court.
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Father sentenced for death of South Bend 4-month-old girl

February 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge in South Bend has sentenced a 22-year-old man to 30 years in prison for the 2014 death of his 4-month-old daughter.
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Ex-Marion County court workers charged in ticket-fixing scheme

February 16, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two former Marion County traffic court bailiffs have been charged with dozens of felonies in a ticket-fixing scandal, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Thursday.
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JQC holds that live-Tweeting is not ‘broadcasting’

February 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The use of instant electronic communication such as Twitter in courtrooms is not considered broadcasting under the Code of Judicial Conduct, but judges still have the discretion to reasonably regulate the use of such communication in their courtrooms, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has held.
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Indiana trial court civil case records to debut online March 1

February 8, 2017
IL Staff
A number of Indiana trial court records will be made available to the public online at no cost beginning March 1 through the state’s case management system, Odyssey, according to a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday.
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Man convicted in officer's 1981 death set for prison release

February 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A man convicted of killing a Gary police officer in 1981 is about to walk free from an Indiana prison after twice having death sentences overturned.
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Jury convicts Fort Wayne man, 19, of 3 counts of murder

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A jury has convicted a Fort Wayne man on three counts of murder after his first trial ended in a hung jury.
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Marion County judicial selection bill clears House

February 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana House Thursday passed a bill creating a unique judicial-selection commission that gives lawmakers and Marion County political party leaders a majority of seats at the table. The bill has been heavily criticized by Indianapolis’ minority lawmakers and others.
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Indiana man charged in dad’s killing to use insanity defense

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
A northeast Indiana man charged with killing his father plans to use an insanity defense when he goes to trial in Auburn.
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Man convicted in deadly blast faces murder-for-hire trial

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
A man serving two life sentences in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion faces trial on a murder-for-hire charge.
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Indiana pain medicine doctor faces 55 felony charges

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana doctor faces 55 felony charges after federal investigators say he traded pills for work on his farm among other accusations.
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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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