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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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Indiana bill would keep pets with domestic violence victims

January 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Victims of domestic violence could take their pets with them after leaving the relationship under an Indiana lawmaker's measure that seeks to remove an impediment to reporting abuse.
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Indiana lawmakers seek changes to laws on property seizure

January 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are pushing to change a law that allows the government in some cases to take the personal property of a citizen.
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GOP lawmaker targets protesters obstructing traffic

January 19, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker says disturbing newscasts of chaotic and sometimes violent protests across the U.S. helped lead him to propose a bill that would direct police to use "any means necessary" to breakup mass gatherings that block traffic.
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State judicial leaders present budget proposals at first Ways and Means meeting

January 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana’s top judicial leaders made their cases for additional funding in the next two years on Wednesday, with the biggest funding boost requested to support continued court technology initiatives.
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State's dubious vaping law to get big overhaul

January 11, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana’s vaping industry could be upended again as lawmakers tackle changes to a law that has been roundly criticized as unfair and even corrupt.
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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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Supreme Court, Legislature leave police body camera statute as is

January 11, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Prosecutors say releasing police video will violate Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.
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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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Bill would alter plea agreement, sentencing requirements

January 5, 2017
IL Staff
Judges would no longer be required to advise criminal defendants of the earliest and latest possible release dates under legislation introduced in the Indiana Senate. The legislation also would strike language that shields rejected plea agreements and proceedings from the official court record.
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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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House Republicans' road plan includes gas-tax increase, user fees

January 4, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo
Indiana House Republicans on Wednesday released their legislative agenda, which includes a tax increase and increased user fees to pay for improving the state’s roads.
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Indiana GOP senator says bill aimed at Islamic law concerns

January 3, 2017
 Associated Press
One of the Indiana legislators proposing to prohibit state judges from referring to foreign laws says he is concerned that Islamic religious law could be cited in civil cases.
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Indiana Supreme Court looks to a tech future in budget request

December 28, 2016
Olivia Covington
As the Indiana Legislature prepares to outline the state’s priorities when crafting the next biennial budget during the 2017 session, the Indiana Supreme Court is requesting a $3 million boost to support the future of court technology, one of the judiciary’s highest priorities.
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Indiana bill seeks to eliminate requirement for gun permits

December 27, 2016
 Associated Press
Gun rights advocates view the upcoming legislative session as their best bet to get rid of an Indiana law that requires a license to carry handguns.
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Lawmakers push for DNA collection from felony arrestees

December 7, 2016
IL Staff
A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday announced legislation that would require collection of DNA from people arrested for a felony. The proposed legislation will be introduced in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
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Indiana LGBT advocates ask Holcomb to take up civil rights

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
LGBT advocates delivered petitions with more than 5,000 signatures to incoming Indiana governor Eric Holcomb, asking him to support civil rights protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
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New law creates murkiness on private university police records

November 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court left no doubt that it considered the Notre Dame Police Department exempt from the Access to Public Records Act when it affirmed dismissal of ESPN’s lawsuit seeking records of the department’s interactions with 275 student athletes. But a bill signed into law this year dealing with access to police body cameras could change that.
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Conservative Indiana lawmaker proposes state abortion ban

November 17, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana Republican lawmaker says he will propose legislation next year that would effectively ban abortion in the state, despite a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.
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Indiana Senate immigration committee plans to introduce no bills

November 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana General Assembly’s special immigration committee concluded its work Nov. 10 much the way it began — with legislators frustrated the federal government isn’t addressing issues surrounding undocumented residents.
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Immigration committee hopeful Congress will act

November 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
During the final meeting of the Indiana Senate Select Committee on Immigration Issues Thursday, the senators said they were frustrated that states do not have more power to address illegal immigration and believe the new administration and Congress will undertake reform.
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Commission expects final regulations on daily fantasy sports by summer 2017

October 26, 2016
Olivia Covington
After Indiana became the second state in the country to authorize daily fantasy sports activities during the 2016 legislative session, the Indiana Gaming Commission told state lawmakers Tuesday that it is moving closer toward its goal of developing a set of rules to regulate the new industry.
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Vaping bill sponsor admits 'it did' put people out of business

October 6, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana State Sen. Ron Alting, the Lafayette lawmaker who sponsored the controversial vaping law that essentially put a single private security firm—located in his town and run by his high school classmate—in charge of selecting winners and losers in the e-liquid manufacturing industry, is now admitting the law created an unfair playing field.
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Necessary judicial appointments may come at other courts’ expense

October 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
The short-staffing illustrated in the largest and most thorough weighted caseload study of the state’s trial courts may be met in the future, but not likely without cuts elsewhere. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, told a legislative study committee Sept. 22 that appointment of new state-paid judicial officers should be tied to reducing numbers of officers where they are underutilized.
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Panel endorses new magistrates for Clark, Shelby County courts

September 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
Clark County, Indiana’s perennially busiest judicial circuit on a weighted-caseload basis, and Shelby County will get new magistrates next year if the General Assembly follows Thursday’s recommendation of a judicial study panel.
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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith .. http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2013/09/prof-alan-dershowitz-on-indiana.html

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

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