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Police can use a drug dog to search your vehicle during a routine traffic stop if you voluntarily admit to past drug possession. That’s the ruling of the Indiana Court of Appeals in a recent decision.

John Toschlog was pulled over by police in 2016 because one of his headlights was out. During the stop, the officer asked him if he had any drugs in the vehicle – or if he ever had. 

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Indiana can move forward with lethal injections following an Indiana Supreme Court ruling sanctioning the state’s use of a new lethal injection drug.

 

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday in her State of the Judiciary address the state’s court system is prepared to meet the challenges it faces – chief among them the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Rush says she asked legislative leaders for input when preparing her speech. And she says the common theme was the court’s response to the drug crisis.

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Three out of every four Indiana jails are overcrowded, according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The majority of sheriffs say their inmate population has increased significantly since the passage of a criminal code revision nearly four years ago. And some are trying to find local solutions before they’re hit with a lawsuit.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he’s not opposed to using CBD oil products to treat medical conditions, but with very specific conditions.

Speaking on a panel Wednesday, Hill noted it’s not his role to decide on the legality of those products.

U.S. District Court Warns Of Jury Duty Scam Calls

Nov 28, 2017

Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson says reports of scam calls about jury duty have increased in recent years. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

The U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana Tuesday is warning Hoosiers about an increasingly prevalent scam call. 

When someone gets a call from the scammer, they hear that they've failed to appear for jury service. Then they're told they can pay a fine, with pre-paid gift cards, to avoid being arrested.

Gov. Holcomb Pardons Six Ex-offenders

Nov 21, 2017

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb this week issued six pardons for ex-offenders.

The governor, with recommendations from a state board, considered 21 applications from ex-offenders looking for a pardon – which strikes felony charges from their record.

The six men chosen were convicted of crimes like theft, attempted fraud, and battery. But they have since become pastors, barbers and motivational speakers.

All six served their sentences more than ten years ago.

Holcomb spokesperson Stephanie Wilson says the criteria for receiving a pardon is rigorous.

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A transgender inmate is suing the Indiana Department of Correction for denying her request for hormone therapy while in prison.

Anthony Loveday was diagnosed with gender dysphoria – conflict between a person’s physical gender and their gender identity -- while in prison, and says the Indiana State Prison’s denial to provide hormone therapy is unconstitutional.

IMPD Chief Bryan Roach says internal discussions since the Aaron Bailey shooting have centered around implicit bias. And he says by 2018 all officers will be trained in fair and impartial policing. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Indianapolis Police Chief Bryan Roach answered questions Wednesday about the decision not to file charges against officers who shot and killed Aaron Bailey in June. The shooting happened after Bailey crashed his car into a tree during a high-speed car chase.

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The Indiana Public Retirement System is set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court next month, where justices will decide if it can sue a publicly-traded company for alleged securities fraud.

In June of 2011, Science Applications International Corporation – or SAIC – issued a statement to the market detailing how it was under a criminal investigation for a group of employees’ kickback scheme in New York City.

The Indiana public pension fund had bought stock in the company shortly beforehand, and claims that information should’ve been made public much earlier.

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