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September 2017 Archives

Movie theater dispute escalates into murder of 13-year-old boy

An argument between male teenagers in a movie theater in the Castleton Square Mall in north Indianapolis apparently escalated into an exchange of gunshots and the death of a 13-year-old boy. Metropolitan Police detectives are currently searching for the person who allegedly committed the violent crime in the parking lot of a Long John Silver's restaurant across the street from the mall on Sept. 9.

Former tow operated charged with fraud, auto theft and forgery

Tow trucks are a common sight in Indiana's cities and villages, where they are used to haul vehicles from accident scenes and remove cars that have been illegally parked. The former owner of a towing service based in Terre Haute is now facing criminal charges for allegedly using such activity to cover up fraud, auto theft, perjury and forgery.

Judge declares Indiana's civil forfeiture law unconstitutional

Indiana and many other states have civil forfeiture statutes that permit law enforcement officers to seize a suspect's property, including automobiles, without filing criminal charges. Under Indiana's law, property may be held for 180 days before police are required to file a civil forfeiture complaint to determine ownership of the property. A federal judge has recently ruled that this statute violates the fifth and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, thereby giving criminal defense attorneys and their clients a very important judicial victory.

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