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Indiana Supreme Court rules Evansville can’t ban smoking at bars but allow it at casino

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Evansville’s only casino could not be treated differently than area bars and clubs under the city’s smoking ban. The ruling concluded that the 2012 ordinance conflicted with the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution. “Today we hold that this […]

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Judges could carry firearms under proposed bill

By Ryanne Wise TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Judges could soon be allowed to carry firearms into the courtroom under a new Senate bill. Senate Bill 3, authored by Brent Steele, R-Bedford, would allow judges to carry firearms when they “engage in the execution of the law enforcement officer’s official duties.” Indiana law currently allows prosecutors and […]

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State of the Judiciary focuses on financial and adminstrative successes

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State of the Judiciary started early Wednesday, reinforcing Chief Justice Brent Dickson’s claim that the judiciary is one of the most efficient organizations in the state. Dickson’s annual review of the judiciary branch focused on the financial and administrative successes of the branch, as well as previewing his […]

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Indiana Supreme Court clears hurdle for Rockport coal-to-gas plant

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The developers of a controversial coal-to-gas plant planned for Rockport say the Indiana Supreme Court has handed them a decisive victory in a battle over whether a deal to build it complied with state law. But a utility company that’s been fighting the project argues the opposite. The 5-0 […]

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IN Supreme Court to allow cameras on Ntl. Adoption Day

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of National Adoption Day, the Indiana Supreme Court will be allowing still photography, audio and video coverage of a select number of uncontested adoptions from Friday through Nov. 22. Typically photography and audio and visual recordings aren’t permitted inside Indiana courtrooms. For this limited time – and […]


Courts get 1.6 million new cases in 2012

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s trial courts received 1.6 million new cases and held 1,338 civil and criminal jury trials last year, according to a new annual report. The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report also found that more than 300,000 cases last year involved an individual who went to court without […]

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Former Indiana Supreme Court chief justice condemns big money in judicial elections

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard argued Tuesday about the importance of keeping campaign money and strategies out of judicial elections. The Evansville native stepped down from the bench last year after 25 years as chief justice, but he has been busy in his retirement. Shepard became […]

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Indiana Supreme Court weighs arguments in Evansville smoking ban case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the city of Evansville gets to exempt the only casino in town from a law that bans smoking nearly everywhere else. At issue in part is whether one business or industry can make enough money to be exempted from rules that apply […]

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Commentary: Right to work was the right thing to do

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  When I read a few weeks ago that a Lake County judge had ruled that Indiana’s passage of right to work violated the state constitution, I had to work really hard to keep a straight face. I frankly didn’t know which was more amusing – the fact that it was a […]

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Dozens of judges to visit schools for Constitution Day activities

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly four dozen Indiana county and appellate judges plan to visit 119 schools across the state next week in honor of Constitution Day. The judges will primarily visit K-12 schools and most will distribute pocket-sized versions of the state constitution, the federal constitution and the Declaration of Independence to […]

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