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Judge rules disbursement of civil forfeiture proceeds constitutional

Olivia Covington
Indiana’s process of diverting a portion of civil forfeiture proceeds to law enforcement and away from the Common School Fund is constitutional, a trial court judge ruled Friday.

Missouri defends 241-year prison sentence for 16-year-old

Associated Press
Missouri is defending a prison sentence for a man who committed robbery and other crimes on a single day when he was 16 and now isn’t eligible for parole until he’s 112 years old.

Supreme Court makes attorney home, email addresses confidential

IL Staff
Amendments to two Indiana Supreme Court rules are restricting public access to attorneys’ personal contact information.

Rewrite of business organization laws provides uniformity, clarity

All it took to simplify Indiana’s business organization laws was a 149-page bill.

Rewrite of business organization laws provides uniformity, clarity

All it took to simplify Indiana’s business organization laws was a 149-page bill.
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Last Updated Fri., March 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM

Indiana white nationalist leader faces battery charges

A white nationalist arrested for physically harassing a woman protesting at a 2016 Donald Trump rally is accused of attacking his wife and her stepfather in the southern Indiana community of Paoli.

Indiana lawmakers send final bills to Holcomb’s desk

Indiana’s legislative session descended into chaos in its final minutes as Republicans who dominate the Statehouse struggled to pass bills ahead of the midnight deadline Wednesday.

Police face uncooperative witnesses after shooting wounds 6

South Bend police officials say their investigation into a shooting that left six people wounded at a weekend party has been hampered by uncooperative witnesses.

Hill supports Sessions’ fight against ‘sanctuary state laws’

Indiana Attorney Curtis Hill on Friday joined U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Trump administration’s ongoing legal battle with California over immigration and so-called sanctuary cities and states.

ACLU of Indiana sues county over ‘not my mayor’ sign

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against Randolph County after a Winchester resident was ordered to remove a sign from her yard expressing opposition of an elected official in her city.

Lawyer: Porn star sues to clarify record on Trump affair

A porn star who has said she had sex with Donald Trump filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement and “set the record straight,” her lawyer said Wednesday. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Holcomb orders flags lowered to honor slain Boone deputy

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff in four counties in honor of slain Boone County sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett on the day of his funeral.

Oregon governor signs first gun law since Florida massacre

A bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms became America’s first new gun control law since the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre.

Bill letting ‘Dreamers’ get licenses clears Indiana House

Young immigrants often referred to as “Dreamers” would no longer be prohibited from obtaining professional licenses under emergency legislation approved Monday by the Indiana House. But while the measure is supported by Gov. Eric Holcomb, there are hints it could face opposition in the Senate.

More concerns raised about Indiana's child welfare agency

A state consultant says Indiana's child welfare agency is facing a shortage of mental health and substance abuse treatment services, as well as attorneys. The review continues as lawmakers continue to consider numerous DCS-related bills.

Board rules Indiana treasurer wrongly fired Mourdock deputy

A state board has upheld a ruling that Indiana’s state treasurer wrongly fired her predecessor’s top deputy when she took office in 2014.

High court: Detained immigrants not entitled to bond hearing

The Supreme Court of the United States says immigrants the government has detained and is considering deporting aren’t entitled by law to a bond hearing after six months in detention and then every six months if they’re still being held.

Nassar victims help unveil sweeping child abuse legislation

Victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar helped unveil what they described Monday as a sweeping rewrite of Michigan laws related to childhood sexual abuse, saying the changes would ease the ability to stop abuse and bring justice to survivors.

Supreme Court: Congress properly ended Michigan casino suit

The United States Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Congress acted within its authority when it ended a lawsuit that began over a Native American tribe’s Michigan casino.

Holcomb pledges to sign Sunday alcohol sales bill

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he “won’t let too many Sundays pass” before signing a bill that would overturn a decades-old Indiana law banning carryout alcohol sales on that day.

Ex-Louisville basketball coach urges legal action vs. NCAA

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the school should take legal action against the NCAA after the governing body nullified the Cardinals of the 2013 men’s basketball title. He said the Indianapolis-based NCAA’s decision to have Louisville vacate the title as part of sanctions for a sex scandal was unfair.

Indiana University cleared in sexual violence complaints

A federal agency has completed its investigation into four Title IX sexual violence complaints against Indiana University and determined that the school didn’t mishandle them. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has sent letters to the complainants regarding the outcome of the investigations.

Indiana town paying $150K to settle sex harassment claim

The northwestern Indiana town of St. John has agreed to pay a former police dispatcher $150,000 to settle her sexual harassment claim against a former police official and town councilman.

Mueller files new charges in Manafort case

Court records indicate at least one new charge has been filed under seal in the case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Indiana gun bill under scrutiny after Florida shooting

A Senate panel advanced a proposal to eliminate lifetime handgun license fees, but not before Democrats voiced concerns about loosening gun laws in the wake of a Florida high school shooting.

Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection narrow, justices rule

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the government, not more broadly.

Attorney wants confession in Colts player’s death thrown out

A judge is being asked to throw out a confession from a Guatemalan man living illegally in the U.S. who’s charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.

12-year-old girl arrested after Indiana school threats

Authorities say a 12-year-old girl in Dugger has been arrested after making online threats toward students and staff at a school in rural western Indiana.

Trump denounces senators’ bipartisan immigration pact

A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement aimed at balancing Democrats’ fight to offer citizenship to young “Dreamer” immigrants with President Donald Trump’s demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Overnight, the Trump administration denounced the deal.

Judge in Manafort case chides lawyers over sealed filings

The judge presiding over the criminal prosecutions of two of the men charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation chided lawyers Wednesday for the number of sealed filings they’ve made  and said she was determined to set a trial date soon to keep the case moving forward.

Goshen man convicted in slayings of 2 Michigan brothers

A northern Indiana man has been convicted in the fatal shootings of two Michigan brothers. An Elkhart County jury convicted 28-year-old James Ross Jr. of two counts of murder Tuesday after a weeklong trial.

Indiana Senate GOP leader retiring from Legislature

The Republican leader of the Indiana Senate said Tuesday that he will step down from the Legislature later this year, making him the third high-profile GOP lawmaker to announce their departure from the chamber over the last year.

ACLU: Indiana prison violated blind inmate's rights

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Indiana Department of Correction, alleging that prison officials are discriminating against a blind former inmate by refusing to let him participate in a literacy program to get his sentence reduced.

Man convicted in triple slaying in northwestern Indiana

An Indiana man has been convicted of murder in the 2016 stabbing deaths of three people during what authorities said was a robbery.

Panel recommends 6-day suspension for Blackford judge

A state panel has recommended that an Indiana trial court judge be suspended for six days without pay, following charges filed by the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission pertaining to a dispute with the former county clerk.

Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets 8 years in prison

A Massachusetts pharmacist convicted for his role in a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak fought through sobs as he apologized to victims and their families Wednesday, including those in Indiana, before being sentenced to eight years in prison.

Ex-Merrillville councilman pleads guilty to bribery

A former northwest Indiana town councilman has pleaded guilty to bribery for his role in an influence-buying scheme for towing contracts. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported Thomas Goralczyk, 51, entered the plea Wednesday in federal court.

Indiana distributing overdose antidote kits to 34 counties

The Indiana State Department of Health says 95 first responder agencies in 34 rural counties will receive opioid overdose antidote kits. The agency announced Wednesday it’s awarding $127,000 in funding to provide nearly 3,400 naloxone kits and training to the first responders.

DCS consultant: Twice as many Hoosier kids out of home

A consultant hired by the state said Thursday Indiana has more than double the number of children in out-of-home care compared to the national average. The finding was among the highlights of an initial report commissioned by Gov. Eric Holcomb after the resignation of former Department of Child Services director Mary Beth Bonaventura.

Judge: Nassar's abuse victims number 265

Larry Nassar appeared Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom for the start of his third and final sentencing hearing, and a judge said that 265 people have come forward to say they were abused by the disgraced former gymnastics doctor.

Indiana House panel backs bill raising smoking age to 21

Indiana's legal age for buying tobacco products would increase from 18 to 21 under a bill backed by a House panel.

After Nassar sentencing, senators seek investigation of USOC, USA Gymnastics

Senators from both parties are calling for creation of a select committee to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics after the sentencing of a former sports doctor who admitted molesting female gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment.

Gymnastics doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison

The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison by a judge who proudly told him, “I just signed your death warrant.”

Trump aides questioned in Russia probe, Trump may be up soon

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for hours in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, the Justice Department said, as prosecutors moved closer to a possible interview with President Donald Trump about whether he took steps to obstruct an FBI probe into contacts between Russia and his 2016 campaign.

Kentucky lawyer last of gymnastics doctor’s victims to testify

One of the first athletes to accuse Larry Nassar of sexual assault confronted him Wednesday in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom where the former sports doctor was due to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.

Charity donations likely to drop in 2018

Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law. The changes that will make it less advantageous for many people to donate to charity in 2018, charity executives and experts say.

3 board members quit USA Gymnastics as more victims speak

Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics announced the resignations of three key leaders Monday while more women and girls told a judge about being sexually assaulted at the hands of a sports doctor who spent years with Olympic gymnasts and other female athletes.

Indiana Senate panel backs redistricting ‘baby step’

An Indiana Senate panel has advanced a bill what would set criteria for redrawing electoral districts. But the measure approved on an 8-0 vote Monday fell far short of a comprehensive redistricting overhaul that good government groups have sought for years.

Indianapolis chief makes case for witness protection program

The Indianapolis police chief says a witness protection program is needed to help prosecute violent crime.

High court rejects Texas Democrats’ gerrymandering complaint

The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from the Texas Democratic Party charging that the Republican-controlled Legislature illegally gerrymandered the state’s electoral maps.

Defense seeks 4-year sentence for ex-Lake County sheriff

A defense attorney for the former sheriff of Indiana’s second most-populous county says federal prosecutors are seeking an “outrageous” prison sentence for his conviction on bribery and wire fraud charges.

Indiana lawmakers not governed by sexual harassment policy

As state legislatures across the county take steps toward updating their sexual harassment policies, Republican lawmakers who dominate the Indiana General Assembly appear to be adopting a wait-and-see approach.

U.S. Supreme Court takes wheel in 2 vehicle search cases

The United States Supreme Court’s justices put themselves in the driver’s seat Tuesday, hearing arguments in two cases involving vehicle searches, but it was unclear what routes the justices will take to resolve the cases.

Special prosecutor named in Indianapolis councilman’s molestation case

A special prosecutor has been appointed to oversee the case against an Indianapolis City-County councilman charged with three counts of child molestation.

Judge blocks Trump decision to end DACA immigration program

A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court.


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