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Study committee won’t recommend how to define consent in sexual assault cases

By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — What it means to consent to a sexual encounter will remain unclear in Indiana law after legislators decided not to recommend legislation that would clarify the definition of consent.   In a two-hour meeting Tuesday, members of an interim study committee on corrections and criminal code discussed the topic. But the […]

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Minar enters plea of not guilty as district attorney offers plea deal

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com STURGEON BAY, Wis. — Former Franklin College President Thomas Minar formally pleaded not guilty to child pornography and other sex charges through his attorney at his preliminary hearing in Door County Tuesday. Minar, who was arrested in January and soon after was fired from the college, appeared in person with attorney Brett […]

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Attorney General Hill might have to pay for costs of the disciplinary case against him

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill could end up paying nearly $60,000 to cover the costs incurred when the Indiana Disciplinary Commission sought sanctions against him for groping four women at an end-of-the legislative session party in 2018. Charles M. Kidd, acting director of the Indiana Supreme Court’s disciplinary body, is seeking reimbursement of $8,212.97 […]

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Lawmakers hear how Homeland Security and state police provided COVID-19 support

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Early in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana State Police received a call from a Lake County hospital that needed help because it had run out of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves. So the state police loaded a helicopter with the necessary supplies and dispatched them by […]

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Lawmakers petition U.S senators to delay action on Supreme Court justice

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Democratic lawmakers in the Indiana Senate are petitioning Indiana’s U.S. senators to hold off voting for a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until the winner of the presidential election is determined. President Donald Trump announced that he expects to name a replacement for the late justice […]

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Lawmakers considering changes to Indiana’s sentencing law

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A surge in Indiana’s prison population has lawmakers and other leaders considering changes to the law passed early in the last decade aimed at reducing the number of people behind bars. The Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee met Tuesday and heard from a judge, lawyers and others urging action […]

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Lawmakers urged to define what consent means in rape cases

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For more than an hour Tuesday, a panel of Indiana lawmakers heard from sexual assault survivors and advocates urging them to pass legislation to clearly define the meaning of consent. The Corrections and Criminal Code Interim Study Committee met in a combined in-person and virtual format to hear from people who […]

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Indiana joins petition asking FCC to review how social media sites regulate political speech

By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana joined forces with several states last week to urge the Federal Communications Commission to look at how political speech is moderated on popular social media websites.  Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill signed onto a letter with the attorneys general from Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. Their statement comes alongside an executive order President Donald […]

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Chief Justice Rush tests positive for COVID-19

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The Office of Judicial Administration issued a news release Monday noting the positive test. Court spokesperson Kathryn Dolan said the chief justice is not hospitalized and is in the early stage of the virus. She is […]

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Governor names Dearborn County lawyer to appellate court

By Thomas SamuelTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday named a veteran litigator who has personally handled more than 400 appellate cases to a vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals.  Leanna Weissmann has been practicing law in Dearborn County the last 25 years and replaces Judge John Baker on the 15-member appellate court, which is now […]

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