Marion County

DOJ gets delay in Marion County immigration case

July 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
An agreement that would have prevented the Marion County Sheriff’s Department from detaining immigrants for the U.S. government is on hold after a federal judge gave the U.S. Department of Justice time to consider whether it wants to intervene in the case.
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Agreement stops Marion County Sheriff from holding immigrants for ICE

July 12, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
An agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis will stop the Marion County Sheriff’s Department from detaining immigrants for the federal government.
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Marion County courts seek comments on proposed bail rule changes

July 10, 2017
IL Staff
The Marion County courts are seeking comments from legal professionals and members of the public on proposed amendments to local rules dealing with bail.
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Indiana Legal Services’ pilot project offers on-the-spot help to small claims defendants

June 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Tenant Assistance Program clinic offers triage services for tenants who have eviction notices and are appearing in court that day.
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Probation department must reimburse offender’s fees

June 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion County probation department must reimburse an offender’s probation fees after the Indiana Court of Appeals held the trial court erred by allowing the probation department, and not the court, to impose such fees.
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Indianapolis seeks submissions for criminal justice center services

June 16, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
The Indianapolis Bond Bank is looking for firms interested in working on the city’s new criminal justice center — from providing civil engineering services to mechanical, electrical and plumbing work.
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Suit alleging Kroger stores didn’t collect sales tax reverts to state court

June 16, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Fort Wayne attorney’s lawsuit alleging Kroger stores in Indiana have for years knowingly failed to collect and remit state sales tax on hundreds of non-exempt food items and other goods will be heard in state court after a judge denied the grocers' bid to transfer the suit to federal court.
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7th Circuit orders new hearing in Marion County wrongful-detention suit

June 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The issue of the certification of two subclasses of inmates who allege they were wrongfully detained for unconstitutional periods of time is back before a district court after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the court erred in initially denying class certification.
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Appellate panel dismisses case already pending in another trial court

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Marion Superior court erred in denying a man’s motion to dismiss a transfer action against him after police seized nearly $50,000 in suspected drug money from him because an active case related to the transfer was already pending in another court, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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With aid from legal community, juvenile dog-training effort offers many rewards

May 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
Superintendent Terrance Asante-Doyle has witnessed what happens when his charges at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center get to offer obedience training to dogs from Indianapolis Animal Care, who, like them, are often victims of abuse, exploitation or neglect.
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Indy car dealers must pay $590,000 in unpaid sales tax

May 8, 2017
IL Staff
Two Indianapolis car dealers were ordered Monday to pay $590,437 in restitution to the state for failing to pay taxes on auto sales, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced.
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Unique Indy merit-selection system replaces voided elections, faces likely challenges

May 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Judges in Indianapolis won’t have to worry about running for election in the future, but they will face up-or-down retention votes under a bill signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb April 27. The system to replace the current one ruled unconstitutional was adopted by lawmakers despite warnings that the new system also is spoiling for a fight in court.
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Common Cause, NAACP sue over Marion County early voting

May 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion County’s single location for early voting provides unequal access to the ballot, argues a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Common Cause and the NAACP. Plaintiffs in the case allege Indianapolis’ sole early voting precinct is discriminatory and constitutes voter suppression.
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2 convicted of roles in $2 million Hoosier Lottery scam

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Two people have been convicted of taking part in a scheme to claim a $2 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
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Judges make it official: Indy courts moving to justice center

April 28, 2017
IL Staff
Judges of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts formally announced Thursday that civil and criminal courts will move from the Indianapolis City-County Building to a proposed Criminal Justice Complex on the city’s near-southeast side.
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Indy judges to have closed-door interviews before retention nod

April 24, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges would appear behind closed doors before a committee comprised mainly of political appointees who would recommend whether jurists should or should not be retained in office, according to a bill that passed the General Assembly.
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Legislators discuss need for ‘people’s voice’ in selecting Marion Superior judges

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Legislators raised several concerns Monday afternoon during the conference committee for House Bill 1036, which establishes merit selection for choosing Marion Superior judges. Several expressed the need to allow the general public to have a say through elections.
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Indiana argues it may discriminate in some court services

April 7, 2017
Dave Stafford
A deputy attorney general argued the state may discriminate in providing certain court services as Indiana appealed a ruling that a deaf man was discriminated against when Marion Superior Court denied him an interpreter for a mandatory mediation.
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Ex-Marion County Prosecutor Brizzi suspended for misconduct

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana after the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission found he violated prohibitions against representing a client in a case in which he had a personal interest.
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Marion County judicial-selection bill headed for conference committee

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill that would establish a merit-based judicial selection system for Marion Superior judges is entering its final phases of negotiation after it cleared the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.
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Public-private partnership proposed for Indy justice center

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
Marion County’s proposed criminal justice center should be financed through a public-private partnership, the task force studying the proposal announced Friday.
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Indy judicial selection bill revised: Bar groups out, vote in

March 29, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis voters would elect four of 14 members of a proposed committee to nominate Marion Superior Court judges under a revised bill that eliminates bar group representation on the panel and continues to draw opposition from African-American lawmakers and community members.
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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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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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