As a new documentary on the notorious Tony Kiritsis kidnapping case in Indianapolis wins critical acclaim, attorneys who worked on the case note it was an impetus for insanity defense reforms that swept the nation.
Fourteen days after rallying on the third floor of the Indiana Statehouse to cheer, applaud and push the Legislature into passing a hate crime bill this session, advocates were stunned the measure failed last week to even get a committee vote.
It’s no secret the ongoing opioid epidemic has ravaged nearly every corner of the Hoosier state, sending thousands to court on drug charges, ballooning the number of children in need of services and more. But even as the drug crisis strains Indiana’s judicial resources, Chief Justice Loretta Rush said new court programs and technology have positioned the judiciary to meet the crisis head-on and lead the state into a “hope-filled future.”
Several times while talking about the statewide computer system that keeps track of child support money, John Owens rapped his knuckles on the nearest piece of wood. Indiana’s technology, dubbed ISETS, processes almost $1 billion in child support payments every year. However, the Department of Child Services says in a report that ISETS is “built on dying technology” from the 1980s. The concern is one day, it will crash for good.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has asked a court to rule in the state’s favor against what he calls “a small group of marijuana enthusiasts operating in Indianapolis under the name ‘First Church of Cannabis.’” An attorney for the church said he was thrilled at Hill's response to its lawsuit on religious freedom grounds.
An Adams County couple will be released from the mortgage on their farmland after the Indiana Court of Appeals determined the bank altered the terms of the promissory note secured by the mortgage, entitling the couple to release.
A St. Joseph County man who defaulted on his mortgage payments is not entitled to a loan modification, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled after finding the man’s loan provider met its burden of proving it sufficiently considered his eligibility.
A Crawford County landowner is entitled to an easement by necessity across adjacent land owned by a property company because the sale of the land in question severed the unity of ownership and left the individual landowner without access to a public road, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.<
The Indiana Supreme Court will once again consider when, if ever, fixed-sentence plea agreements can be modified. The court granted transfer to a second sentence-modification appeal after recently hearing a similar case.
A bill that would have given immunity to guardians ad litem and court appointed child advocates stalled in the Indiana House, but other measures covering foster parents and placing new requirements on the Indiana Department of Child Services all passed through the Statehouse with little or no opposition.
Marion County’s first judicial retention interviews are now complete, and the 14-person Judicial Selection Committee has begun deliberations to decide whether to retain each of the 17 judges interviewed.