Criminal Law

The Problems with Tasers and Arming Police Officers with Them

November 10, 2009 by: Chris Buckley

The Seminal Full Article Last week, Taser International spokesman Steve Tuttle revealed that the use of Tasers, which are now standard issue weapons for police officers everywhere the United States, has serious risks.

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Slaying suspect charged

by: Chris Buckley

Edward Ibarra, 21, has been accused of killing his mother’s fiance Post Tribune Full Article VALPARAISO — Valparaiso’s first homicide in more than a year reportedly was a reaction to a dirty look. Details were disclosed Tuesday as Porter County prosecutors officially charged Edward Ibarra, 21, with murder in the killing his mother’s fiancé. The … Continue reading Slaying suspect charged

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Prior conviction doesn’t fall under exception

November 6, 2009 by: Chris Buckley

Indiana Lawyer Full ArticleThe 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a defendant’s argument that his felon-in-possession indictment was insufficient because his previous conviction of stealing cable doesn’t meet the definition of a “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” under 18 U.S.C. Section 921(a)(20)(A). This is the first time the 7th Circuit … Continue reading Prior conviction doesn’t fall under exception

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Courts – "Rethinking Prosecutorial Immunity"

by: Chris Buckley

Indiana Law Blog ArticleThe Supreme Court oral argument Nov. 4th in the case of Pottawattamie County v. McGhee, the subject of this ILB entry from Nov. 4, is the focus of this interesting “Argument Recap” by Erin Miller of SCOTUSBlog, dated Nov. 5th. A sample: Justice Stevens depicted the petitioners’ view of immunity as “a … Continue reading Courts – "Rethinking Prosecutorial Immunity"

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How to beat a speeding ticket in Chicago

by: Chris Buckley

Chicago Sun-Times Full Article It was with some fanfare that the Chicago Police Department announced three years ago that all city police districts were being supplied with high-tech LIDAR speed detectors to help crack down on speeders on neighborhood streets. What nobody has bothered to make public, however, is that for at least the past … Continue reading How to beat a speeding ticket in Chicago

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Wounded Indy cop first to testify

by: Chris Buckley

Post-Tribune Article VALPARAISO — The Indianapolis police officer who was shot in the head and chest in July 2008 was the first witness in Tuesday’s attempted murder trial. Jason Fishburn walked slowly to the front of Superior Court 5, his leg held with a support brace. His few words came with difficulty during the trial, … Continue reading Wounded Indy cop first to testify

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Molester, 20, to serve 8 years probation

by: Chris Buckley

Post-Tribune Full Article VALPARAISO — A Kouts man who began molesting two younger boys when they were all juveniles, then harassed the boys through phone and text messages while he was in training at Great Lakes Naval, was sentenced Monday.

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Lawyer attacks state representative

November 3, 2009 by: Chris Buckley

Indiana Lawyer Article The lawyer accused of attacking attorney and state representative Edward DeLaney faces five counts, including attempted murder. Augustus J. Mendenhall, 38, of Indianapolis, faces charges of attempted murder, a Class A felony; armed robbery, aggravated battery, and criminal confinement, all Class B felonies; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. The … Continue reading Lawyer attacks state representative

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Porter County Jury Chosen in Marion County Police Officer Shooting Case; Arguments to Begin Today

by: Chris Buckley

Indianapolis Star Article Seven men and five women will serve as jurors in the trial of Brian Reese. A judge, lawyers and as many as four dozen witnesses are in Valparaiso this week for the trial of the man accused of shooting Indianapolis police officer Jason Fishburn. The jury also includes two women serving as … Continue reading Porter County Jury Chosen in Marion County Police Officer Shooting Case; Arguments to Begin Today

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Gary cop faces civil trial in Portage drive-by case

November 2, 2009 by: Chris Buckley

Fight outside Hobart bar while off-duty escalated Post-Tribune Article VALPARAISO — Although a former Gary police officer was found not guilty of participating in a Portage drive-by shooting, his legal troubles continue. The family whose house was shot at is suing Steve Andrus, a fellow police officer, the city of Gary, the Gary Police Department … Continue reading Gary cop faces civil trial in Portage drive-by case

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