Legal Issues and Criminal Defense: When are you required to talk with police?

Think back to the last time you were pulled over by a police officer or approached by a police officer in public. Did you immediately become nervous? A nervous reaction is common when people are required to interact with law enforcement officers, regardless of whether or not they are obeying the law. Police officers understand...
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As Trial nears, Attorney’s argue about importance of Restaurant’s History

HAMMOND | The owners of the Paragon Restaurant are asking a judge to allow information about the previous owners in response to a motion filed in federal court. Prosecutors filed a motion last week asking a judge to not allow information about the restaurant’s previous owners who allegedly also hired and housed workers who were...
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Legal Issues: NSA Leaks Information to Local Law Enforcement

There have been many stories reported, thanks in part to the now infamous Edward Snowden, about the scope of NSA’s surveillance programs. When first reported, the NSA and the Whitehouse were quick to reassure the American people that the scope of the surveillance was limited to matters of national security. Therefore, many people may think...
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Legal Issues: The Jencks Act and Discovery in Federal Criminal Cases

DISCOVERY IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES: THE JENCKS ACT The term “discovery” in legal parlance refers to the process by which both sides in a case obtain evidence that their opponent intends to use during trial. In the arena of federal criminal cases, the government and defense are so obligated principally under Rule 16 of the...
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Attorney Scott King files a Motion to obtain early discovery in federal court

An attorney for Lake County Surveyor George Van Til wants the federal government to turn over all witness statements connected to his criminal case now so that the long-time politician can weigh whether to pursue a plea agreement. Van Til’s attorney Scott King stresses in the motion, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in...
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Jury acquits client, who was a former teacher and basketball coach, of child seduction

Hammond Teacher Not Guilty Jury acquits client, who was a former teacher and basketball coach, of child seduction. CROWN POINT | A former Morton High School boys varsity basketball coach and teacher was acquitted Thursday of child seduction charges after about three hours of deliberation by jurors. Benjamin Chinn, 27, then of Merrillville, was charged...
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Legal Issues: State of Indiana Passes New Expungement Law

INDIANA LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW EXPUNGEMENT LAW In the mist of revamping the entire criminal code, the Indiana legislature has also revamped, in favor of a defendant, the laws regarding expunging a conviction. House Enrolled Act Number 1482 is set to take effect July 1, 2013, offering many citizens who have been convicted of a crime...
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After approximately two hours of deliberation, Attoney King’s client is found not guilty of murder

Jury acquits Gary woman of murder By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent November 30, 2012 5:02PM Lake Superior Court jurors acquitted a Gary woman of murder in the shooting death of her longtime boyfriend in 2010. After about two hours of deliberations, jurors acquitted Darlene Stewart, 56, of the charge in the homicide of Jimmie...
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