Law and Criminal Justice

Two Clark County judges visiting Indianapolis were shot early Wednesday morning. 

School Bus Safety Bill Heads To Governor

Apr 24, 2019
Kids getting off a school bus (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana drivers who recklessly pass school buses when the stop arm is out will face increased penalties under legislation headed to the governor.

Indiana State Police

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. 4/23):

Indiana State Police say they've received more than 1,000 tips following Monday's press conference. They have also released the following guidelines for public submissions of information to the case:

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

An update Wednesday on the now-two-year-old murders of two Carroll County girls, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, gave little information suggesting authorities are any closer to catching the killer.

Newly-elected county prosecutor Nick McLeland was tight-lipped about the case. Though he outlined information that could be included in what he’d consider a “good” tip, McLeland declined to comment on how many of the more than 38,000 tips received in the last 24 months meet the threshold.

Jancy Thompson was a USA swimmer whose coach abused her in her early teens. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate will consider a bill giving victims of child sex abuse a limited window to file civil lawsuits against their abuser – even if the statute of limitations has expired.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a lawsuit over a state abortion law. (Wikipedia Commons)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a lawsuit over a state abortion law.

Lawmakers Debate Expansion Of Stand Your Ground Law

Jan 28, 2019
Kystie Phillips shot a man outside her home who was wrestling with a police officer. She's now being sued. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana lawmakers are wrestling with whether to expand the state’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law to cover civil lawsuits.

Rush Hails Progress In 2019 State Of The Judiciary

Jan 16, 2019
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary address. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush hailed better service for what she calls court “customers” during her annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday.

Current state statute does not allow 12- and 13-year-olds charged with attempted murder to be sent to adult court – on Tuesday Indiana lawmakers introduced a bill that would change that.

The bill was filed, in part, as a response to last year’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School where a student shot a teacher and classmate. 

Indiana Death Row Inmate Suing To Block Executions

Jan 14, 2019
Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News


A death row inmate is suing the governor and state prison commissioner in an attempt to block Indiana’s use of capital punishment.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Roy Lee Ward says the death penalty violates several portions of Indiana’s Constitution, including the right to life and the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Ward was sentenced to death in 2002 for rape and murder, but has no execution date.