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Indianapolis police major losing rank for defending convict

A high-ranking Indianapolis police officer is being stripped of his rank for writing a letter defending a man convicted of rape. Michael Jefferson had been a major who served in the command staffs of current police Chief Bryan Roach and his predecessor, but is being returned to the rank of lieutenant after writing a letter asking a judge for leniency when sentencing 58-year-old Lance Fleming, who was convicted in October of rape and attempted rape.

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Justices send dismissed post-conviction case back to COA

The Indiana Court of Appeals errantly dismissed a man’s post-conviction relief case, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled, reinstating the man’s case last week and remanding it to the lower appellate court. Justices on Tuesday granted transfer in Kenny Green v. State of Indiana, 18S-PC-562, for the purpose of reinstating Green’s PCR case in the Indiana Court of Appeals with instructions to establish a briefing schedule for review of his appeal on the merits.

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Web Exclusive: Sex abuse survivor trains lawyers, others to avoid revictimizing

After overcoming addiction, abuse and sexual harm, Sarah Hurley sought to aid women dealing with the same struggles she faced as a child. She created the White Stone Project, an organization devoted to providing survivor-led, professional training and coaching to people and organizations engaging trauma survivors. Its goal: to equip people to more effectively communicate, understand and avoid revictimizing those they work with.

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Prosecutor in Fort Wayne girl’s 1988 killing hails genealogy databases

An Indiana prosecutor who’s preparing formal charges against a man in the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl says genealogy databases are powerful new tools for investigators. Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards said in an affidavit that investigators consulted a company that was able to narrow DNA in the Tinsley case to Miller and his brother using publicly available genealogy database research. 

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