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Students re-enact slavery case

IL Staff
November 17, 2008
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A play documenting a young black woman's struggle for freedom in Indiana nearly 200 years ago will be presented at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday as an educational tool for students.

The interactive drama "Bound for Freedom: the Case of Polly Strong" is based on the 1820 case Lasselle v. State, in which the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Hyacinthe Lasselle couldn't hold Polly Strong as a slave. The high court decided Lasselle's claim to Strong violated the prohibition of slavery in Indiana and set her free.

Dozens of students attending will become a part of the play by taking on the role of bailiff, judges, attorneys, and other production personnel. The experience is designed to transport the students into Indiana history.

The public is invited to attend the re-enactments of the play, which will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom on the third floor of the statehouse. The original script was developed by the Courts in the Classroom and the Leora Brown School in Corydon, with funding from the Indiana Bar Foundation.

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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