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Aug 21, 2016 To Crack Down on Securities Fraud, States Reward Whistle-Blowers

QUOTE: In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a growing army of confidential informants — better known as whistle-blowers — has helped federal securities regulators identify and prosecute wrongdoers. Now the same thing is happening at the state level...

New York Times
Jul 21, 2016 Trump’s Republican National Convention speech massively distorted national crime statistics

QUOTE: When Donald Trump took the stage in Cleveland on Thursday night (July 21), he immediately made some strong comments about law and order. They were, however, in typical Trump fashion, a rather blatant distortion of the facts.

Dec 21, 2013 When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill

QUOTE: a central, unresolved issue in the debate over balancing public safety and the Second Amendment right to bear arms: just how powerless law enforcement can be when it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of people who are mentally ill. Connecticut’s law giving the police broad leeway to seize and hold guns for up to a year is actually relatively strict. Most states simply adhere to the federal standard, banning gun possession only after someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility or designated as mentally ill or incompetent after a court proceeding or other formal legal process....A systematic review of these cases — from cities and counties in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee — underscores how easy it is for people with serious mental health problems to have guns.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2011 The New Grave Robbers

QUOTE: This so-called descendible right of publicity has created a new kind of business: corporations that acquire and market dead people... Congress should step in and enact a federal right of publicity. In doing so, it should establish clear First Amendment protections and set forth a relatively short term for the right of publicity to survive death (perhaps 10 years). Most important, the law should provide a mechanism that allows people to opt out of marketing their identities after death.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2008 ‘Jim Crawford’ Republicans: The GOP is working to keep eligible African-Americans from voting in several states.

QUOTE: It was a mainstay of Jim Crow segregation: for 100 years after the Civil War, Southern white Democrats kept eligible blacks from voting with poll taxes, literacy tests and property requirements...Now, with the help of a 2008 Supreme Court decision, Crawford vs. Marion County (Indiana) Election Board, white Republicans in some areas will keep eligible blacks from voting by requiring driver's licenses.

Feb 05, 2008 Industry giants lobby to kill pro-consumer data-breach legislation

QUOTE: In a direct slap in the face to consumers, tech industry giants including Microsoft, AT&T, and Verizon are frantically engaged in an effort to kill pro-consumer provisions in a data breach notification bill currently being considered by the Indiana State Senate.

Feb 03, 2008 A Clearer Picture on Voter ID

QUOTE: Supporters of [the voter ID] policy argue that...election fraud will be reduced. Opponents of an ID requirement fear it will disenfranchise voters, especially the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely than other voters to have suitable identification.

New York Times
Jan 09, 2008 Supreme Court case: Should you be able to vote without a photo ID? Arguments over Indiana's voter-identification law, the most stringent in the US, will be heard Wednesday.

QUOTE: ...requiring all voters to show government-issued photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot. State officials promoted the measure as protection against voter fraud. Opponents denounced it as a thinly veiled attempt to suppress Democratic voter turnout in Indiana.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 23, 2007 Pollution Fight Pits Illinois vs. BP, Indiana: Upgrade of Oil Refinery Would Discharge More Pollutants Into Lake Michigan

QUOTE: Illinois officials have accused their neighbors to the east of fouling the lake, which has grown steadily cleaner in recent years. Indiana officials say the planned discharge is within the federal limits and accuse their Illinois brethren of grandstanding.

Washington Post
Aug 23, 2007 Federal Court Slaps Data Theft Victims

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Old National Bancorp customers whose personal and financial information was hijacked by a computer hacker cannot recover damages from the Indiana banking institution who lost the data in 2005, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

May 09, 2007 Journalism advocates decry teacher's ouster over student's article in paper

QUOTE: Journalism advocates say Sorrell's case offers a glimpse into a struggle playing out as school administrators, often because of a concern about violence, try to keep closer tabs on what students say, read and write.

Sep 28, 2006 Mortgage Suit Says ‘Trust Us’ Led to Fleecing

QUOTE: The civil lawsuit, filed in June by one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, describes an elaborate confidence game in which Martinsville residents with good credit ratings were enlisted last year to join what they believed was a risk-free investment in Indiana real estate. Instead, they found themselves responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid mortgages.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2006 Voter Suppression in Missouri

QUOTE: Missouri’s new ID rules — and similar ones adopted last year in Indiana and Georgia — are intended to deter voting by blacks, poor people and other groups that are less likely to have driver’s licenses.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2006 Inmates challenge Hustler, Playboy ban

QUOTE: Two inmates are suing Indiana because of a policy that bans graphic magazines, such as Playboy, Penthouse or Hustler...The policy is so broad that it bans personal letters between prisoners and loved ones, and much of the world's great art and literature, the inmates claim.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 14, 2006 Strapped States Try New Route, Lease Toll Roads To Foreign Firms

QUOTE: Indiana is about to turn over its entire toll road for the next 75 years to two foreign companies, making it more expensive to drive... The decision also places Indiana at the leading edge of a nascent trend in which states and local governments are exploring the idea of privatizing parts of the United States' prized interstate highway system.

Washington Post
Jan 01, 2006 Judge Upholds Prayer Limits in Ind. State House: Some in Both Parties Vow to Fight Ruling

QUOTE: ...a federal judge who ruled that the daily invocation appeals too often to Jesus Christ and a Christian god. The "systematically sectarian" prayers, U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton concluded, are barred by the Constitution, which forbids the government to show preference for any religious denomination.

Washington Post
Nov 30, 2005 Drugmakers Win Exemption in House Budget-Cutting Bill

QUOTE: The provision -- inserted by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), whose district flanks Lilly's Indianapolis headquarters -- would largely exempt antipsychotic and antidepressant medications from a larger measure designed to steer Medicaid patients to the least expensive treatment options.

Washington Post
Aug 07, 2004 New mayoral vote ordered in E. Chicago

QUOTE: Rocked by public corruption indictments and widespread voter fraud, East Chicago, Ind., has been ordered to conduct a new mayoral election.

Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2003 Americans for the Arts Sues for Lilly Largesse

QUOTE: The lawsuit alleges that National City Bank of Indiana, instead of selling the stock shortly after the creation of the trusts in January 2002, held on to the stock through most of the year, a period when the share price tumbled from $75 to $47. The result, he says, "was a decline in the overall value of Ruth Lilly's gift to Americans for the Arts of some $25 million."