Indiana Trial Courts

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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Delaware County approves $16K for dog to help kids in court

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
Delaware County officials have approved plans to acquire a service dog to aid young people in the juvenile court system.
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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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Statehouse bills would bulk up judiciary in 3 counties

January 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Courts in Clark and Shelby counties are gaining support for their requests for additional judicial officers.
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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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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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