Indiana Supreme Court

Local News
1:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Court Upholds Fines Against Indiana House Democrats Over Labor Bill Protest

The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by state House Republicans on Democrats for their legislative walkouts over a labor bill.

In 2011, Indiana House Democrats fled to Illinois to protest a right-to-work bill that also brought union demonstrators into the House gallery, and staged another, shorter walkout in 2012, the year the bill was passed. 

House Speaker Brian Bosma levied thousands of dollars in fines against the Democrats for their absence. 

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Local News
2:08 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Loretta Rush Formally Installed as Indiana Supreme Court Justice

Indiana Supreme Court

The second woman appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court has been publicly sworn in as a justice.

Justice Loretta Rush told about 200 people who filled the court's Statehouse chambers for Friday's swearing-in that she hopes to serve a long time on the high court.

"I promise to be fair and impartial as I respect and protect the rule of law in Indiana," she said.

"I look forward to the day that a woman’s appointment to this court is unremarkable."

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Education
1:59 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Indiana High Court Hears Challenge to Voucher Program

Indiana Supreme Court justices want to know whether the nation's largest school voucher program primarily benefits students and their parents or religious institutions.

The five justices prodded lawyers for both sides on that point today during a hearing on a constitutional challenge to the 2011 law under which more than 9,000 students have switched from public to private schools with help from state funds.

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Education
4:30 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Indiana Voucher Program Growing; High Court to Hear Challenge Wednesday

Enrollment in the Indiana school voucher program, the nation’s largest, has more than doubled since last year.

The Indiana Department of Education says more than 9,300 families have signed up for vouchers for the 2012-2013 school year. That compares with about 3,900 who took part in the program's first year.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Daniels Appoints Judge Loretta Rush To High Court

Gov. Mitch Daniels has named a Tippecanoe County judge as the first woman on the Indiana Supreme Court in 13 years.

Daniels announced the appointment of Loretta Rush today.

Rush is the first female justice since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999 after five years on the court.

The 54-year-old Rush, a Pennsylvania native, says she puts an emphasis on the needs of children.

In 1998, she survived an attack by a former juvenile client who invaded her home and tried to kill her husband.

Local News
2:08 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Dickson Chosen To Lead Indiana Supreme Court

A state panel has picked a new chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. 

The job goes to Brent Dickson, who has been acting chief justice since Randall Shepard retired in March. Shepard had held the post for 25 years.

The 70 year old Dickson is the longest-serving member of the five-member court. He was appointed by Republican Governor Robert Orr in 1986.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Massa Formally Takes Seat on Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice has been formally seated on the bench. 

Mark Massa was publicly sworn in today in the high court chambers. He was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Chief Justice Randall Shepard.

Massa is the 107th person to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Former Indiana Elections Chief’s Law License Suspended

The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended former Secretary of State Charlie White’s license on an interim basis because of his felony convictions earlier this year. 

White was found guilty in February of vote fraud, perjury and theft stemming from his voter registration for the 2010 Republican primary.

He was sentenced to a year of home detention and forced to step down as secretary of state. He has said he plans to appeal his convictions.

The law license suspension is effective May 10th.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)