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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Ind. Decisions - More on: Legislative committee to study Barnes decision

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal has just posted a story here, updating this earlier ILB entry. Some quotes:

Indiana legislative leaders have appointed a special committee to consider an Indiana Supreme Court decision that Hoosiers don't have the right to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally.

Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, will chair the committee and said he wants to determine whether the General Assembly can pass a law overturning the controversial ruling or narrowing its impact. * * *

Critics of the decision called for voters to oust Supreme Court Justice Steven David, who wrote the majority opinion in the case, by voting “no” on a retention question that will be on the 2012 ballot.

They also called for the court to reconsider and narrow the ruling, which appears to have overturned hundreds of years of common law precedent.

Steele said the four-member, bipartisan committee will begin meeting soon and should make a report to legislators this fall.

As readers may remember, last summer Senator Steele was one of the candidates and became a semi-finalist for the seat on the Supreme Court that then-Judge David was ultimately selected to fill. Here is the overview of the ILB entries on last summer's selection process.

[More] The Senate Democrats have now posted the full list and details of summer study committee topics.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 7, 2011 03:11 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions