A federal judge has dismissed without prejudice a civil rights complaint filed by a Black woman from Corydon who alleges she was denied full access to the town’s public utilities and faced harassment and threats while living there.
‘Passing the baton’: Pratt family features 3 generations of Black attorneys, 2 generations of judges
Lena Pratt Sanders, the Marion Circuit Court magistrate judge, has continued her family’s legal legacy of three generations of Black attorneys in Indianapolis — and has now started the family’s second generation of judges.Read More
From magistrate to district judge: After smooth confirmation, Brookman primed for new role on Indiana Southern District bench
Calm, works well with lawyers and litigants, and without a hint of personal or political agendas on the bench. That’s how colleagues, attorneys and judges describe Matthew Brookman.Read More
Legal leaders reflect on expected Black woman SCOTUS nomination
Indiana Southern District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has joined a chorus of elation prompted by President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that he intends to make good on his promise to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States when Justice Stephen Breyer leaves the bench.Read More
Making history: Pratt first African American chief judge of Southern District
New Southern District of Indiana Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt Pratt is focused on steps to reopen courthouses to the public as the country hopes to be quelling the COVID-19 virus and advocating in Congress for a new judgeship to help handle the court’s excessive caseload.Read More
Federal court hears arguments in Haitian immigrants’ challenge to Indiana law that limits driver’s license access to certain Ukrainians
A federal judge heard arguments Friday from lawyers for a group of Indiana residents from Haiti who are suing the state over a law that allows immigrants in the U.S. on humanitarian parole to get driver’s licenses, but only if they are from Ukraine.
A ceremony Thursday unveiled new commissioned portraits of Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson inside their respective courtrooms.
Crystal Wildeman was sworn in as magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana at a private ceremony, the court announced Friday.
Indianapolis man gets more than 6 years in prison for possessing firearm as previously convicted felon
An Indianapolis man has been sentenced to six years and five months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced Monday.
For Judge Matthew P. Brookman, Friday wasn’t his first investiture ceremony with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, but it was an important one.
A judge sentenced a former Muncie police sergeant to 19 months in prison Tuesday for obstructing justice by filing a false report in 2018 to cover up excessive use of force by other officers under his command.
Judge rules children of ex-fertility doc Cline can proceed with 3 claims against Netflix, dismisses 2 others
Children who were fathered by disgraced Indianapolis fertility specialist Donald Cline can proceed with three of their claims against Netflix and a production company, but a federal judge dismissed identity deception and theft claims.
The former controller of a Shelbyville company has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after admitting to embezzling nearly $700,000 from her company.
Shahd Jaziri walked into the federal courthouse in Indianapolis last spring for an interview and felt the same thing others likely feel: intimidation.
Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Tanya Walton Pratt is scheduled to speak at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s graduation celebration.
Independently-owned Circle City Broadcasting failed to show it faced racial discrimination in its negotiations with DISH Network, AT&T Services and DIRECTV, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Noncitizen detainees who allege the Clay County Jail is using U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement funding to operate as a “cash cow” can proceed with part of their lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled.
A business manager who embezzled more than $573,000 from a Catholic parish in Indianapolis over a 13-year period has been sentenced to two years in federal prison, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
Judge dismisses wrongful death complaint against Indy, IMPD in ex-IU football player’s shooting death
A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful death complaint against the city of Indianapolis and its police force in the death of former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty, who was fatally shot in 2020.
The U.S. Southern District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hosted the grand opening of its new learning center Wednesday.
A Muncie Police Department officer charged with false reporting has been granted a separate trial from his remaining co-defendant, the latest action in a case against four former officers.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that members of the Brownsburg Police Department didn’t violate an Indiana man’s rights when they frisked him during a traffic stop.
A former bookkeeper who spent eight years on the lam after embezzling more than $2.2 million from a Fishers company has been sentenced to 7½ years in federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.