Indiana Supreme Court

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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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The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order Monday to shield, at least in part, federal COVID-19 stimulus checks from creditors.

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The Indiana Supreme Court says police can't search your property just because you take their GPS tracker off your car.

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Does removing a GPS tracker from your car – even if police put it there – mean you stole it?

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A recent study shows state Supreme Courts across the country lack gender and racial diversity – and Indiana is no exception. All but three of the 110 justices in Hoosier State history have been white men.

Indiana Public Broadcasting Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith talks with Chief Justice Loretta Rush – the state’s first female chief justice – about the issue.

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Loretta Rush will continue to serve as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court for another five years.

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Indiana’s Judicial Nominating Commission meets this week to choose a state Supreme Court Chief Justice for a new five-year term.

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  A decade-long legal battle between the state and tech giant IBM is nearing its conclusion.

 

Then-Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a 10-year contract worth more than $1 billion with IBM in 2006 to overhaul the state’s welfare system. That contract was canceled just three years later after disastrous implementation.

 

The two sides sued each other, each seeking money over the canceled contract. After a lengthy legal fight, the courts eventually ruled that IBM owes the state about $78 million.

 

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal battle playing out in Long Beach, on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It centers on a simple question: Who owns the beach?       

Don and Bobbie Gunderson filed a complaint in April 2014 that claimed their property extended to the water’s edge, wherever that is at any given moment.

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The state Supreme Court Thursday heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning synthetic drugs.  The suit involves powers given to the Board of Pharmacy to create emergency rules.

Lawmakers in 2012 gave the Board of Pharmacy rulemaking authority to add more synthetic drugs to the list of banned substances, in the hopes of keeping up with synthetic drug manufacturers.  Two men charged with dealing synthetic drugs challenged the law. 

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