Criminal Case

7th Circuit: Plain-view doctrine controls appeal of motion to suppress

June 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana district court did not err in denying a convicted felon’s motion to suppress after three guns were found in his home during a search for electronic devices because the guns were found under the plain-view doctrine, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Indiana domestic violence law addresses phone plans, pets

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
A new Indiana law taking effect July 1 aims to help those affected by domestic violence leave abusive relationships.
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Canvassers charged in fake, fraudulent voter registrations

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Twelve employees of a Democrat-linked group focused on mobilizing black voters in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications ahead of last year’s general election to meet quotas, according to charging documents filed Friday.
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Justices weigh restitution order linked to car theft

June 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide if the state properly assessed restitution against a woman convicted of auto theft after hearing oral arguments Thursday morning that suggested there was no evidence directly linking her to some of the damage to the vehicle.
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Man gets 86 years in killing, kidnapping case

June 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man convicted of killing another man and forcing his estranged wife and three children to flee with him to Minnesota has been sentenced to 86 years in prison.
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Indiana man charged in crash that killed girl, 6

June 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man accused of causing a highway crash near Muncie that killed his girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter has been formally charged in the deadly crash.
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Anderson lawyer pleads guilty in estate misappropriation case

June 2, 2017
 Associated Press
Suspended Anderson attorney Stephen Schuyler has pleaded guilty in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds from six estates totaling more than $700,000.
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COA: Indiana death penalty protocol ‘void’

June 1, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana’s means of carrying out the death penalty through lethal injection “is void and without effect,” the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing a death row inmate’s challenge to the Indiana Department of Correction’s execution protocol.
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7th Circuit: Officer had reasonable suspicion to prolong traffic stop

June 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a northern Indiana man’s conviction of possession more than 15 doctored gift cards, finding the police officer who stopped the man had reasonable suspicion to prolong the traffic stop that led to the discovery of the fraudulent gift cards.
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DUI refusal requires retest after insufficient sample

June 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana law requires law enforcement officers to administer a second chemical breath test if the first test produces an insufficient sample, unless the person taking the test demonstrates a clear unwillingness to cooperate, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in an opinion reinstating a woman’s driving privileges.
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Man charged in Elkhart slaying says he met victim online

June 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A 22-year-old man charged with murder in the slaying of a former northern Indiana city councilman told detectives he met the victim after responding to an online advertisement for casual encounters, court documents say.
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COA finds no Brady violation in burglary case

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a man’s conviction for felony burglary, finding the state did not violate his rights by failing to disclose before trial the existence of a wallet discovered during the investigation into the burglary.
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Jury selection enters day 2 in Bill Cosby sex assault case

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Jury selection resumed Tuesday outside Philadelphia in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial as prosecutors and the defense seek to fill out a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in a case that has attracted worldwide publicity.
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7th Circuit affirms denial of habeas relief

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of a man’s petition for habeas relief after finding he waived his argument of ineffective assistance of counsel by not raising that argument in his habeas petition.
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Supreme Court to hear whistleblower case against IDEM

May 12, 2017
IL Staff
A former state employee who claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on questionable payment practices in the Indiana Department of Environment Management will bring her case before the Indiana Supreme Court next week, when she will urge the justices to allow her complaint against the state agency to continue.
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Man uses plastic bat to defend son from goose, gets ticket

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose.
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ACLU slams, prosecutors welcome Sessions' call for tougher charges

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "repeating a failed experiment" by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.
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‘Repugnant’ teacher’s 21-year molest sentence affirmed

April 6, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Seymour Middle School math teacher lost his appeal and will serve the 21-year sentence imposed by the trial court for grooming and molesting a student whose parents say she was “broken” by the experience. One Court of Appeals judge wrote he might have added years to the teacher’s sentence, had the state asked.
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COA affirms convictions in Tippecanoe County robberies

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Tippecanoe County man’s numerous robbery, criminal confinement and firearm convictions have been affirmed after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday that the trial court did not abuse its discretion throughout the conviction and sentencing process.
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Man who spat in woman’s face loses appeal

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has confirmed a battery conviction against a man who spat in a woman’s face after finding that minor discrepancies in the charging information and evidence at trial did not undermine the case.
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Indiana sheriff agrees to plea deal right before trial

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.
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Man gets 20 years for attempted murder of IMPD officer

March 23, 2017
IL Staff
An Indianapolis man who opened fire on a police officer after crashing his car at the end of a high-speed chase was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry announced March 23.
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Clarksville man backs out of plea deal in girl’s abuse death

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man has backed out of a plea agreement in the child abuse death of his former girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
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Two-year prison sentence affirmed for convict with leukemia

March 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the two-year sentence handed down to an older man being treated for leukemia, though the dissenting appellate judge had serious questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ ability to meet the man’s medical needs.
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Women reach plea deals in prostitution case involving teen

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Three Indianapolis women, including a guardian, have reached plea agreements with prosecutors in connection with prostitution-related charges involving a teenage girl.
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