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Criminal Justice News

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Posted on: Jul 22, 2021

One summer tradition that impacts all of us working in the criminal justice system is increased traffic enforcement. I know you have heard the slogans, “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, “Drive High, Get a DUI”, etc. What you may not have realized is that each of these nifty slogans is commonly attached to millions of dollars of federal grant projects through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for these enforcement efforts. These campaigns are intended to drive down traffic fatalities by encouraging seatbelt usage, detecting and deterring impaired driving and other dangerous driving behavior.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2021

The Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has posted four proposed rule amendments online for public comment.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2021

It’s summertime, which means the Supreme Court is issuing opinions! Many of the cases involve criminal law. We’ll highlight a couple here.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2021

At the turn of the 21st century, gang culture dominated South Central Los Angeles. The two most prevalent gangs were the 11 Deuce Hoover and the Block Crips. Kiera Newsome's father, like most young men, had gravitated toward the gang lifestyle, so she was raised by her mother. Kiera's mother emphasized the importance of education and made sure her kids were receiving one.  

Posted on: Jun 29, 2021

Service on the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors is an invaluable opportunity to play a role in the future of the legal community.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2021

There are currently two vacancies at the Wayne County Public Defender Office. Information on how to apply, salary, etc. can be found here.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021

As we all know, Bench Bar was canceled last year due to the ongoing global pandemic. Bench Bar is resuming this year with gusto, with appropriate CDC-guided precautions from June 17-19 in Louisville, KY. It is taking place at the beautiful and new Omni Hotel. We will have access to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Bench Bar is a great time to re-connect with colleagues and make new connections with folks we don’t know or know well. After over a year of being all virtual, it will be a delight to have in-person interactions.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2021

A selection committee acting on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Foundation has announced the selection of Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as a recipient of the IndyBar's prestigious Luminary Award of Excellence. Chief Judge Pratt will be honored at the 2021 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on June 19.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2021

Previously, I’ve discussed one case of wrongful conviction and the creation of the conviction integrity unit at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. The co-directors of this new unit are Kelly Bauder and Jessica Cicchini. I contacted them to ask a few questions about this new opportunity to help right the wrongs of the past and prevent these types of injustices from happening again.

Posted on: May 20, 2021

As we start to make our way to a new normal, get away from your day-to-day routine, take some time to yourself and gain new perspectives! Our event lineup goes beyond education and includes time for you to safely catch up with colleagues at distanced open-air dinner events, receptions, health and wellness activities and casual bull sessions.

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