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Opioid Task Force says courts need treatment options to deal with addiction crisis

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With 120 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, a national group of state court judges is recommending expanding treatment options and creating specialized courts to deal with the crisis. The National Judicial Opioid Task Force, co-chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, released a report  Wednesday with findings […]

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Attorney General Hill announces run for second term

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr., facing disciplinary action from the state Supreme Court and a call from most of his fellow Republicans to resign, released a video Thursday announcing that he is seeking a second term. In the video, which runs two minutes and 20 seconds, Hill highlights his family, his […]

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Range Rover case goes back to state court

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A Marion man may have to wait a little longer to recover his Range Rover that police seized six years ago after he sold 4 grams of heroin to an undercover police officer. That’s because the Indiana Supreme Court sent the case of Tyson Timbs and his 2012 SUV back to […]

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Supreme Court weighs whether it’s theft to remove a GPS tracking device that was placed by police

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When a GPS tracking device placed on a suspected drug dealer’s vehicle was removed, police obtained a warrant to search his home on the grounds that the small black box was stolen. That search, which took place in Warrick County in July 2018, led to the discovery of drugs and drug […]

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Hill denies wrongdoing as his disciplinary hearing ends

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill firmly denied charges Thursday that he groped and grabbed a lawmaker and three legislative staff members at a March 2018 party marking the end of the legislative session. In calm, measured tones Hill testified that while he had a few drinks, he wasn’t inebriated at the gathering […]

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Curtis Hill’s improprieties predate his attorney general tenure, witness says

By Brynna Sentel and Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A former employee of Attorney General Curtis Hill told a disciplinary hearing Wednesday that weeks before Hill was to become the state’s top lawyer he propositioned her in graphic language. Kathleen Bowers, a victim advocate for the Elkhart County prosecutor’s office, described a series of escalating encounters that […]

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House and Senate leaders describe confrontations with Attorney General Hill

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—House and Senate leaders had a message for Attorney General Curtis Hill when they confronted him with reports that he groped four women at an end-of-session party in March 2018: apologize, stay away from legislative functions and don’t retaliate. Hill agreed and even apologized, House Speaker Brian Bosma and former Senate […]

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Attorney general’s accusers testify in day one of disciplinary hearing

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Four women, including a state lawmaker, provided graphic details about how an apparently intoxicated Attorney General Curtis Hill touched and groped them at a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative year. Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, along with Hill’s other accusers — legislative staffers Gabrielle McLemore Brock, Samantha Lozano […]

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Attorney general disciplinary hearing begins Monday

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS- Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr., facing Indiana Supreme Court disciplinary commission charges for allegedly groping women, is trying to block the testimony of two women who worked for him when he was Elkhart County prosecutor. Retired Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby, who will preside over Hill’s hearing starting Monday, has […]

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State Supreme Court going on the road to hear bar fight lawsuit

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Supreme Court will be heading out of its paneled courtroom at the Statehouse to Parke County where area students will get the chance to see the justices in action. The case involves a fight in the parking lot of a bar in Schererville that happened in 2006 after the […]

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