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Lake County taxpayers get new bill for rise in homicides

CROWN POINT | The cost of the recent rise in Lake County's homicide rate is still being counted.

April 03, 2014 6:00 pm

Portage man wins new trial in strangulation, battery case

INDIANAPOLIS | A Portage man who represented himself in court and was convicted of three felonies will receive a new trial because the judge did not provide sufficient warning against the dangers of self-representation.

June 27, 2013 7:00 pm

County settles job discrimination claim by attorneys

CROWN POINT | Lake County will pay three former public defenders $126,000 to settle job discrimination claims arising from their termination nearly four years ago.

June 06, 2013 6:30 pm
Elwood reappointed chief public defender

Elwood reappointed chief public defender

VALPARAISO | Attorney Ken Elwood has been reappointed as Porter County's chief public defender.

June 21, 2012 7:45 pm
OFFBEAT: New book by John Wayne Gacy's lawyer a chilling read

OFFBEAT: New book by John Wayne Gacy's lawyer a chilling read

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 07, 2011 12:00 am

Prominent Gary attorney suspended from law practice

INDIANAPOLIS | A longtime Gary defense attorney has been suspended from practicing law for at least six months for accepting payment from a client's father despite being appointed as the client's free public defender.

July 05, 2011 4:00 pm

M'ville doctor seeks new lawyer, plea drop

HAMMOND | A Merrillville doctor has fired his attorney as he awaits sentencing on a federal drug charge to which he claims he was coerced to plead guilty.

June 16, 2011 2:53 pm

County might cut public defender staff

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials may sacrifice the jobs of at least 25 defense attorneys to trim more than $600,000 from the public cost of representing indigent criminal defendants.

June 06, 2011 7:00 pm

Courts merger might shed politics, trim costs

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials hope legislation designed to take four Lake Superior Court judges out of politics will save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

May 02, 2011 5:00 pm

Lake commisisoners play name game

CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners found a way to reduce the number of lucrative "consultant" contracts they pay out — rename them.

January 20, 2011 12:00 am
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