Marion County

Senate hearing set on Marion County judicial-selection bill

March 27, 2017
IL Staff
A proposal to select Marion Superior judges through a unique merit-selection system will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday.
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Lawsuit challenging forfeiture survives attempt to moot

March 9, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Marion County has failed in its attempt to derail a lawsuit over the state’s civil forfeiture statute by giving the property back to the named plaintiff.
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Marion County prosecutor partners with NextDoor app

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indianapolis law enforcement and prosecution officials are teaming up for an innovative social media partnership designed to engage residents in prosecuting crime.
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COA affirms damages award to state, but reduces total amount

February 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
The state of Indiana was entitled to more than $1 million in costs and treble damages after a township auditor criminally misappropriated funds, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday, though it reduced the total amount of damages owed to the state.
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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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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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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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Prosecutors want reckless homicide charge in dragging death

February 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A 22-year-old man may face a reckless homicide count among other charges after a woman died who authorities say was dragged with his car.
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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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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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‘Dismayed’ by trial court, COA orders resentencing

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis judge who sentenced a defendant to jail without permitting him to speak on his own behalf disregarded state law and violated the defendant’s rights, a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals held in a stern ruling.
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Indianapolis jail at Twin Aire touted as criminal justice reform

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Dozens of city, county, neighborhood and social services representatives gathered in the bracing cold Tuesday morning on the site of the decade-defunct Citizens Gas and Coke Utility plant site in the Twin Aire neighborhood just about three miles southeast of downtown Indianapolis. A new criminal justice center is proposed to rise in the 2900 block of East Prospect Avenue.
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Report: Marion County Jail going at former Citizens Gas site

January 30, 2017
IL Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will announce a new Marion County Jail and Criminal Justice Center will be built at the near-east side site of the former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility Plant on Prospect Street, a television station reported, citing unnamed sources.
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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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House panel advances Marion County judicial selection bill

January 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
Despite public concerns that a bill for choosing Indianapolis judges would reduce diversity on the bench, deprive Marion County residents of the right to directly elect jurists and elevate political considerations, a House committee Wednesday advanced a merit-selection measure supported by lawyers, judges and the business community.
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House hearing set for Marion County judicial selection bill

January 24, 2017
IL Staff
An Indiana House committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would institute a new system for selecting the 36 judges of Marion Superior Court but would retain the partisan balance on the court that was a key element of the former system invalidated by a federal court.
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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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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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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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E-filing changing Marion County probate rules

January 6, 2017
Dave Stafford
The advent of electronic filing soon will change some longstanding practices in Marion Superior probate court.
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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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Hogsett pushes ‘bold’ criminal justice reform

December 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
The new jail proposal also emphasizes early intervention, treatment and diversion.
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Marion County judge opens court for National Adoption Day

November 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
As Marion Superior Judge Steven Eichholtz read the order officially transitioning a girl’s grandmother to the new title of adoptive mother, 10-year-old Victoria Kaufman told the judge she couldn’t stop smiling.
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Tow company that seized, sold cars loses injunction appeal

November 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis towing company whose owner worked with bankruptcy lawyers to take possession of cars when a buyer defaulted and then resell dozens of them lost its appeal of an injunction blocking the practice and ordering the cars be returned to the lienholder.
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