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Are plea agreements secret?

Key_Steve_webSome trial court judges may be keeping rejected plea agreements secret.

I suggest editors have a conversation with whoever is covering the courts to determine what your circuit and superior court judges are doing in your coverage area.

Inconsistent treatment of plea bargains prior to judge acceptance arose from interpretation of I.C. 35-35-3-3(b). The code states that the content of plea agreements shall not be part of the “official record” of the case unless the judge accepts the agreement submitted by the prosecutor.

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Top Tweets from the Road Show for Reporters

HSPA members were busy in the Twitter-sphere during the Road Show for Reporters. Take a look at what they had to say.

photo by @aperoll27

photo by @aperoll27

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Desire to keep lid on crime reports may be rooted in protecting image

Notre Dame's Cierre Wood (20) leaps over the head of Purdue's Ricardo Allen as he runs the ball downfield during the game at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Notre Dame’s Cierre Wood (20) and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen. October 1, 2011.

ESPN filed a lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame after being denied information on crime reports involving college athletes.

 

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the police department of the University of Notre Dame is subject to the state’s Access to Public Records Act.

The court accepted transfer of the ESPN v. University of Notre Dame Police Department case from the Indiana Court of Appeals. The university appealed the decision of the appellate court, which ruled that a private police department is a public agency required to make crime information accessible.

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Will videos of police conduct be kept secret by prosecutors?

Members of the Bloomington Police Department, Indiana State Police and Monroe County Sheriff's Department arrest several people at gunpoint on West 8th Street in Bloomington.

Members of the Bloomington Police Department, Indiana State Police and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrest several people at gunpoint on West 8th Street in Bloomington.

The Hoosier State Press Association doesn’t expect quick resolution to prosecutor’s issue of releasing of police body camera video. Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA, met with Dave Powell, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council; Lilia Judson, executive director of the Division of Court Administration; Jeff Wiese, deputy director of the Division of Court Administration; and Mike Witte, executive secretary of the Indiana Disciplinary Commission.

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