Thomas Stefaniak Jr
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.
MERRILLVILLE | The Lake County Juvenile Court judge said he is looking to find new ways to make justice less confining for underage offenders.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council shoveled $137,000 of overtime pay over to the Lake County Highway Department on Tuesday to compensate the staff for long hours removing snow.
CROWN POINT | The turnout for what had been expected to be a low-key event left newly seated Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas nearly speechless.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected a sentence reduction request Monday from a Michigan City man serving 50 years for the 2011 murder of a Gary teenager, on top of a 20-year prison term for shooting at a Merrillville couple while driving on Interstate 80/94.
CROWN POINT | A 62-year-old Calumet Township man accused of killing his mother is again free on bond after a judge ruled he isn't a threat to society.
CROWN POINT | Judicial magistrates and veteran trial lawyers are among 11 men and women hoping to be the next Lake Criminal Court judge.
CROWN POINT | Timothy Tkachik appeared stunned Friday when Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced him to 40 years in prison for his role in killing 2-year-old Jada Justice in 2009.
CROWN POINT | A Merrillville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.
CROWN POINT | Local officials said they will begin interviewing applicants Aug. 8 for the upcoming judicial vacancy in Lake Criminal Court.
Were you surprised when Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. announced at the last minute he was going to become the next Lake Juvenile Court judge? You're not alone.
CROWN POINT | A man who had been called for jury duty in early December in a fatal drunken driving case was sentenced Monday for failing to sit out jury selection.
INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary man convicted of robbing a Merrillville bank in 2008 will get a new trial.
CROWN POINT | A Lake Criminal Court jury convicted a 19-year-old Gary man Thursday afternoon of firing a hail of bullets that killed one man and injured another last year in a Gary street robbery.
INDIANAPOLIS | Forty years in prison is an appropriate sentence for a Gary man who molested an underage relative for years, eventually producing two children with her, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
CROWN POINT | Jury selection for the capital murder trial of a Gary man will begin in April, more than five months before the first evidence is presented.
CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. sentenced a 19-year-old East Chicago man to nearly eight years in prison Friday for killing an acquaintance in an apparent street gang rivalry nearly a year ago.
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