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Judicial panel investigating White Castle shooting

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission is investigating the incident at a downtown White Castle that resulted in two Clark County judges being shot last May while the jurists were in town for a conference. The judges, Andrew Adams and Brad Jacobs, were involved in an altercation at the White Castle on […]

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Indiana’s chief public defender to retire

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Chief Public Defender Stephen T. Owens will retire at the end of the year, capping 33 years of service. “I really believe in what we do,” Owens said of his long tenure. Owens joined the state public defender’s office in 1986. Just a year later he was named assistant […]

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Federal appeals court upholds ruling that blocks voter purge law

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that bars the Indiana secretary of state from purging Hoosiers from voting records under the terms of a law passed by the General Assembly in 2017. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Tuesday in the lawsuit that was […]

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Lawmakers get update on bail changes

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More low-level offenders are staying out of jail without having to post a cash bond as a part of a program that will go statewide at the beginning of next year. Lawmakers got an update Tuesday from Marion County Superior Court Judge Christina Klineman on the program, already in effect in […]

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Loretta Rush reappointed as chief justice of state Supreme Court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—After listening to her fellow justices sing her praises, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush was reappointed to a second five-year term Wednesday by the Judicial Nominating Commission. “I’m honored to be appointed as Indiana’s Chief Justice once again,” Rush said is a written statement. “I intend to continue working to put the […]

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Faith leaders urge governor to support gun-control legislation

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Faith leaders and gun-control activists are calling for Gov. Eric Holcomb to stand up against white supremacy and gun violence, including supporting a ban on assault weapons. “The dehumanizing rhetoric and speeches from our highest office have put us on a dangerous course toward the normalization of a renewed, open […]

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Indiana National Guard leader resigns in the wake of sex accusations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Gov. Eric Holcomb has sought and received the resignation Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Courtney Carr, days after a lawsuit was filed accusing Carr of retaliating against a woman who had reported his alleged affair with a subordinate. “Upon my recommendation, Maj. Gen. Carr has announced his decision to retire,” Holcomb said […]

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Do “red flag” laws stop mass homicides? Maybe not

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—While many states have passed “red flag” gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings, there is no actual data to support these laws reduce homicides. “Every state that’s put a “red flag” law on the books has done so in response to a homicide, usually a mass homicide,” said Aaron […]

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Dillinger: Public Mystery Number One?

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two descendants of John Dillinger, the famed Indianapolis-born bank robber, don’t believe that it’s his body resting in Crown Hill Cemetery – and they want to find out for sure. Michael Thompson of Monrovia and Carol Thompson of Mooresville both filed sworn affidavits in June with the State […]

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Hoosiers warned to be wary of Equifax scam

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Scammers are now setting up fraudulent websites meant to look like an authentic site to help those affected by a recent Equifax data breach, the Indiana Attorney General’s office has warned. In 2017, Equifax announced that a data breach had affected approximately 147 million people. Those affected can file claims but need […]

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