Category Archives: Crimes

Elkhart 4 Oral Argument – February 26, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court has set the “Elkhart 4” felony murder cases for oral argument on February 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.  On that day, the oral argument can be viewed online by going here.  The Court’s summary of the … Continue reading

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SB 46 — Self-defense Circumstances Limited

Senate Bill 46 (2015), if passed, would modify IC 35-41-3-2(g) to further limit when a person is justified in using force against another in self-defense.  The proposed section would not read: “Notwithstanding sections (c) and (e), a person is not … Continue reading

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SB 243 (2015) — Prohibiting Racial Profiling

Senate Bill 243 (2015), if passed, would require that the Indiana Attorney General report every two years to the Indiana General Assembly concerning any complaints alleging racial profiling, including any results of an investigation. The bill would specifically prohibit racial … Continue reading

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House Bill 1059 (2015)

The 2015 General Assembly is underway and we have started looking at some of the bills.  House Bill 1059 (2015) proposes changes to several statutes, which are summarized as: IC 31-37-2-2 is the status offense of leaving home without permission. … Continue reading

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Legg v. State — Application of Juvenile Alternative Sentencing

In Legg v. State (Ind.Ct.App. December 10, 2014), the appellate court takes the first step to address the limits of the juvenile alternative sentencing statutes.  When IC 31-30-4 became law, it was largely in response to the Paul Henry Gingrich … Continue reading

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Dangers to Children Living in Meth Lab Homes

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has developed a special protocol that is instituted when children are found in homes that are also methamphetamine labs or in which caregivers are using or dealing methamphetamine.  The DCS protocol requires a … Continue reading

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Elkhart 4 Court of Appeals Decision

On September 12, 2014, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the appeals of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks.  Both were part of the so-called “Elkhart 4” who were convicted of felony murder after one of their friends, Danzele Johnson, was … Continue reading

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