Southern District posts rule amendments effective Dec. 1

Numerous minor rule changes effective Dec. 1 have been made available by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The rule changes deal with appearances and substitution of counsel, continuances in criminal cases, grand jury processes and other matters.

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Stakeholders praise pretrial reforms at statewide summit

Across Indiana, 44 local jails are currently at capacity. But if half of all pretrial detainees were released, that number would fall to 11. A key lawmaker used that statistic Friday to demonstrate the possible benefits in Indiana’s efforts to release low-level, low-risk offenders as an alternative to cash bail.

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Daleville woman charged in son’s hot car death won’t get lower bond

A central Indiana woman who authorities say had been drinking and was taking a nap when her 2-year-old son crawled into a hot car and later died isn’t getting her bond reduced ahead of trial. A judge denied a request by Britni Nicole Wihebrink of Daleville to approve a lower bond after her 2-year-old son Jaxon Stults was found “very hot and stiff” in her car Sept. 5 and died in an ambulance.

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