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Supreme Court focuses on jury instructions in McCowan murder appeal

Supreme Court focuses on jury instructions in McCowan murder appeal

INDIANAPOLIS | Dustin McCowan, the Porter County man serving a 60-year prison term for the 2011 murder of his former girlfriend, Amanda Bach, could win a new trial if the Indiana Supreme Court finds the jury instructions concerning his presumption of innocence were inadequate.

October 23, 2014 12:55 pm Photos

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Few cases make it to Indiana Supreme Court

Few cases make it to Indiana Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court is the pinnacle of a state court system that in any given year handles some 1.6 million cases filed in the state's 92 counties, including roughly 180,000 cases in Lake County and 38,000 in Porter County.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Should annoying drinkers go to jail?

Should annoying drinkers go to jail?

INDIANAPOLIS | What does it mean for a drunk person to "annoy?"

September 18, 2014 3:17 pm Related
Supreme Court considers constitutionality of Indiana right-to-work law

Supreme Court considers constitutionality of Indiana right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS | The five justices of the Indiana Supreme Court struggled during oral arguments Thursday to pin down precisely how the state's right-to-work law is unconstitutional.

September 04, 2014 10:50 am Related
Rush to be first woman to lead Indiana Supreme Court

Rush to be first woman to lead Indiana Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | Two years after becoming just the second female ever to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Loretta Rush is now its leader.

August 06, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Indiana chief justice stepping down, will remain on Supreme Court

Indiana chief justice stepping down, will remain on Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | Chief Justice Brent Dickson is stepping down as the state's top jurist, but will remain on the Indiana Supreme Court as an associate justice.

June 11, 2014 1:30 pm
Supreme Court likely to uphold Isom death sentence

Supreme Court likely to uphold Isom death sentence

INDIANAPOLIS | The five justices of the Indiana Supreme Court reacted skeptically Thursday to claims that judicial and prosecutorial mistakes allegedly made during Kevin Isom's death-penalty trial rise to the level of fundamental error and warrant a new trial.

May 29, 2014 1:30 pm Related
Supreme Court bars police claims of racist juries to win confessions

Supreme Court bars police claims of racist juries to win confessions

INDIANAPOLIS | Police officers attempting to obtain a confession absolutely cannot mislead a suspected criminal into believing that he or she will not receive a fair trial due to race, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 3:45 pm Related

Judge reduces juvenile inmate population

MERRILLVILLE | The Lake County Juvenile Court judge said he is looking to find new ways to make justice less confining for underage offenders.

March 28, 2014 7:44 pm
DOUG ROSS: Justice David could be chief contender

DOUG ROSS: Justice David could be chief contender

When Indiana turns 200 in 2016, Chief Justice Brent Dickson will be past his 75th birthday. Current state law requires justices to retire at age 75. So who will be the bicentennial chief justice?

July 05, 2013 12:00 am
Indiana Supreme Court changes rules for denying bail in murder cases

Indiana Supreme Court changes rules for denying bail in murder cases

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a 1981 law and reversed nearly 150 years of precedent by shifting onto prosecutors the burden of proving a defendant accused of murder or treason is not entitled to bail.

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High court rules parenting time can't be bargained away in divorce

High court rules parenting time can't be bargained away in divorce

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court deployed unusually forceful language in announcing Tuesday it will not permit divorcing parents to give up parenting time in exchange for eliminating child support payments.

June 25, 2013 6:00 pm Related
Indiana Supreme Court OKs walkout fines for House Democrats

Indiana Supreme Court OKs walkout fines for House Democrats

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid by House Democrats to rescind more than $100,000 in fines withheld from their paychecks by the Republican majority for shutting down legislative business to block a right-to-work proposal.

June 18, 2013 10:19 pm Related

Indiana Supreme Court scrutinizes school vouchers

INDIANAPOLIS | The fate of Indiana's school voucher program, which uses state tax dollars to pay tuition for some students attending private schools, appears to rest on how the Indiana Supreme Court interprets four words in the state constitution.

November 21, 2012 12:15 pm Related

Let's send Supreme Court Justice David packing

For hundreds of years, your home was your castle. In May 2011, that changed!

October 27, 2012 12:00 am

State bar association urges Hoosiers vote 'yes' to retain justices, judges

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana State Bar Association recommended Monday that Hoosiers vote to keep the two state Supreme Court justices and four Court of Appeals judges who are up for retention.

October 15, 2012 7:00 pm Related

Retention election lets voters decide whether to keep, dump judges

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the dozens of candidates for local, state and federal offices that Hoosiers will elect on Nov. 6, Northwest Indiana residents will help decide whether two Indiana Supreme Court justices and three judges on the state's Court of Appeals will remain in their posts.

October 07, 2012 12:00 am Related
Daniels has third chance to appoint woman to Supreme Court

Daniels has third chance to appoint woman to Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | Will the third time be the charm? The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission last month formally sent Gov. Mitch Daniels its three recommended candidates to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Justice shares challenge of heading up defense at Guantanamo Bay

Justice shares challenge of heading up defense at Guantanamo Bay

VALPARAISO | Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David was on reserve duty with the military when he was ordered in 2007 to take over as chief defense counsel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

July 27, 2012 7:15 pm Photos

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Indiana Supreme Court OKs silencing of defendant in front of jury

Indiana Supreme Court OKs silencing of defendant in front of jury

INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary man convicted of robbing a Merrillville bank is not entitled to a new trial, even though a Lake County judge had a bailiff cover the man's mouth to stop him from testifying.

July 25, 2012 9:00 pm Related
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