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The image of 12 people packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a jury box is a powerful one. Enshrined in the Constitution, and in countless hours on television.


But now? Court officials around the country are weighing their options while dealing with the looming threat of COVID-19.

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A leading expert on the pretrial system sharply criticized a new tool Indiana courts are expected to use next year.

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Allen County Superior Court will launch a new project this week to provide resources for families struggling with substance abuse.

Allen County Superior Court

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Allen County Superior Court Magistrate Jennifer DeGroote to replace retiring Allen Superior Judge Stanley Levine.


DeGroote has served in the Civil Division of the Allen Superior Court since 1999 and is 1995 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan.


She will be sworn in as judge at a later date.

WBOI Presents brings you a presentation called The Constitution: The Politics of Interpretation by Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider (Associate Professor and Campus Pre-Law Advisor). There have been many cases argued over the years in America’s highest court and we’ll hear how many of the justices have left their mark on the bench in how they interpreted the law of the United States.

Audio provided by CollegeTV

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Oral arguments began Thursday in Fort Wayne for the trial of a man accused of arson and murder in a 2012 Indianapolis house explosion that killed two neighbors and damaged more than 80 homes. The trial was moved to Fort Wayne because of media attention.

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November is National Adoption Month. And to celebrate, the Indiana Adoption Program, Department of Child Services, and the Allen County Superior Court hosted a special event. 

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Governor Mike Pence has made his pick to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals – the first such appointment Pence has made in his two and a half years in office.  His selection, announced Friday, is Marion County Judge Robert Altice.

Altice has been through this process before – three times he’s been nominated to fill an Appeals Court vacancy.  And as Altice put it, the third time was the charm. 

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The same sex couple whose marriage was the first recognized in Indiana wants that recognition restored by a federal appeals court.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, married in Massachusetts last year, are one of the couples who challenged Indiana’s marriage statute.  They also asked for emergency recognition of their marriage because Quasney is terminally ill with ovarian cancer. 

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday halted same sex marriage in Indiana, granting a motion by Attorney General Zoeller to stay the effects of a ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

District Court Judge Richard Young Wednesday handed down a decision ruling Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered counties to license marriages for same sex couples.