Lake County

Attorneys argue Indiana death penalty unconstitutional

August 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a Lake County man who faces charges in the deaths of seven women have argued in court filings that the state of Indiana's death penalty law is unconstitutional.
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$25M verdict poses tough questions for COA

August 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Hearing arguments about a case that resulted in what may be among the largest awards for loss of consortium, the Indiana Court of Appeals repeatedly questioned what amount of damages is too much and when a jury’s decision should be overturned.
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Plaintiffs lose state court challenge to anti-conflict of interest law

July 28, 2016
IL Staff
The five northern Indiana police officers or firefighters who challenged a state law that would prohibit them from simultaneously also serving in elected office had their suit challenging the 2013 law dismissed Tuesday.
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COA hears arguments in $25M wrongful death verdict

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In a wrongful death case argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals Tuesday, the panel considered the questions of when are damages too high and when should an appellate court set aside a jury’s verdict?
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Quoting Dickens’ ‘Bleak House,’ judge decides 24-year-old lawsuit

July 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Lake County judge on Wednesday ordered summary judgment for defendants in a 24-year-old lawsuit he likened to the interminable Jarndyce and Jarndyce case in Charles Dickens’ novel “Bleak House.”
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Official to plead guilty to tax assessment shakedown

July 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana assessor's office employee will plead guilty to allegedly shaking down businesses in exchange for reducing their tax assessments.
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Indiana councilman seeks federal probe in man’s jail death

July 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A Lake County councilman in is calling for a federal investigation into the death of a man at the county jail who had been arrested for speeding.
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Former mayor's stepdaughter gets home detention for theft

July 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge has sentenced the stepdaughter of a former northwestern Indiana mayor to six months of home detention followed by two years on probation for embezzling funds from a city court.
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Attorney wins $9.5M for family of man who died in rehab hospital

June 21, 2016
Scott Roberts
An Indiana attorney has won what he claims is a record amount from a wrongful death lawsuit as a Lake County jury Friday awarded the family of a man who died in a rehabilitation hospital $9.5 million.
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COA: Notice of sale was mailed within required time period

June 14, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found notice of a tax sale was mailed 21 days before the sale took place as prescribed by Indiana Code, so it affirmed the denial of a man’s motion to set aside tax deeds on property he used to own.
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Indiana State Police to investigate missing court records

June 2, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana State Police plans to investigate why Lake Station City Court failed to report license restrictions to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, according to an official with the agency.
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Darryl Pinkins’ freedom a long, emotional battle for IU professor, students

June 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
Darryl Pinkins walked out of prison a free man in April after almost 25 years, exonerated in a heinous 1989 rape by advances in DNA forensics. But before the science could free him, Pinkins needed someone to believe in his innocence.
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Attorneys for death row inmate seek more time for appeal

May 24, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a Gary man sentenced to death for killing his wife and two teenage stepchildren have asked a magistrate to give him more time to sign a document needed for the case to be reviewed.
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Lake County investigating unreported driving suspensions

May 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Prosecutors in northwest Indiana are investigating whether a former Lake Station city clerk intentionally failed to send convictions in drunken driving cases to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
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Teen courts across northwest Indiana dole out justice

May 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The Teen Court program in Lake County, along with others in northwest Indiana, gives teens an alternative to the traditional trajectory of juvenile justice. The program uses a novel approach in which a jury of teens decides the punishment for peers who are diverted from the juvenile justice system.
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Chicago man sues over fatal plunge at destroyed Indiana span

May 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A Chicago man whose wife died when he drove off a road leading to a demolished northwestern Indiana bridge claims in a lawsuit that not enough was done to block the roadway.
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Supreme Court: Consolidating precincts is not unconstitutional

March 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled an effort to consolidate small Lake County precincts to reduce election costs was not unconstitutional, finding it is neither an impermissible special law nor a violation of the separation of powers doctrine.
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Long-running case over subdivision plan decided

March 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case that dragged on in the federal court system for nine years Thursday.
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Handyman charged in slayings of Lake County woman, daughter

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Authorities investigating the January slayings of a Lake County woman and her adult daughter have charged a handyman who had worked for the victims in connection with their strangulation deaths.
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Attorneys argue over whether to split 2 murder cases

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has delayed ruling on whether to separate two murder cases faced by an Indiana man who has confessed to killing seven women.
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Lake County sees successes with JDAI

February 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Lake County has seen success in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative that offers kids alternatives to incarceration, including home detention, day and evening reporting programs, residential alternatives and foster care.
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Indiana AG sues 3 companies in alleged tax-sale scheme

February 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana is suing three out-of-state companies for allegedly orchestrating a scheme that bilked dozens of state residents out of millions of dollars after their homes were sold in tax sales.
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Lake County sheriff seeks removal of jailed councilman

February 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The Lake County sheriff is asking the county's 12 state lawmakers to amend a state law to temporarily replace or remove East Chicago Councilman Robert Battle from office.
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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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Indiana woman gets 50 years in mother's slaying

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A 19-year-old northwest Indiana woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing her mother.
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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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