Indiana Lawyer’s top story of 2018 began inside an Indianapolis bar in the cool early-morning hours of Thursday, March 15. Attorney General Curtis Hill had had a few drinks. A few too many, several witnesses would later claim.
A split Indiana Supreme Court denied a petition to transfer a homeless man’s probation violation appeal, with two justices writing in a published dissent that the litigant was an indigent man incarcerated for probation violations that resulted from his poverty, not his intentions.
A former Department of Correction nurse who treated an inmate now suing DOC for excessive force was on the stand in federal court Tuesday, facing possible sanctions after she allegedly submitted false statements claiming to be unaware of the inmate’s accusations.
The dismissal of a suit brought against Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik, the clerk of Indiana’s appellate courts and two Department of Correction employees has been affirmed, with a panel of the COA finding judicial immunity and insufficient facts bar the case from proceeding.
Two Indianapolis attorneys accused of filing false declarations on behalf of their state clients in an inmate’s excessive force lawsuit are facing federal court sanctions for the alleged misconduct, though the attorneys claim the issues giving rise to the court’s concerns were the result of honest mistakes.
Finding it is reasonable to infer that a former unit manager at the Putnamville Correctional Facility knew an inmate was in danger from gang violence but did nothing, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a grant of summary judgment and remanded the case to the Southern Indiana District Court.
The Indiana Department of Correction has again lost a suit in which it argues to keep secret the drugs it would use in a lethal injection. The judge in the case extraordinarily outlined how the DOC, the governor’s office, and the Indiana General Assembly appeared to directly undermine her order that the department disclose the drugs it might use in a potential execution.
A 13-year-old boy has shown “no remorse” for shooting his teacher and a classmate at his Indianapolis-area school, and he will remain the responsibility of the state juvenile detention system until he is 18, an Indiana judge ruled Wednesday. Hamilton Circuit Judge Paul Felix rejected a request that the boy be sent to a private treatment facility after a May 25 shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.