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U.S. Attorney’s Office creates civil rights task force

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana has created the first Indiana-based initiative in the district to increase and improve local efforts in protecting residents’ civil rights.

The Civil Rights Task Force, announced by U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett Monday, is a change from how civil rights matters are traditionally handled. The Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., with assistance from local attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, typically handles those cases.

This change in strategy means the U.S. Attorney’s Office is taking a more proactive role in litigating, investigating and prosecuting civil rights matters. The task force will partner with law enforcement and local advocacy groups and meet regularly to coordinate investigations in allegations of criminal or civil violations, as well as build good will in the community.

As part of the initiative, the office created a new federal civil rights complaint form, which is available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/ins/.

Assistant U.S. attorneys from the criminal and civil divisions within the office will head the group.

 

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  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?

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  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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