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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ind. Decisions - "Legislative leaders OK fix for cop entry ruling"

Dan Carden reports today in the NWI Times:

Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House and Senate on Monday endorsed legislation to clarify Hoosier self-defense rights after a controversial Indiana Supreme Court ruling.

The General Assembly's Legislative Council unanimously approved a proposal allowing a person to use force under some circumstances to stop the illegal entry of a police officer into a home as long as the person does not know it is a police officer, the officer does not identify himself or herself as police and the officer is not wearing a badge or uniform.

The right to use force would not apply in domestic violence cases, if the officer believes a person is at risk of physical harm, when police are invited in by another resident, if the officer is in "hot pursuit," when police are tracking a fleeing suspect or if the officer has a warrant.

Approval by the Legislative Council, which consists of the top lawmakers of each party from both chambers, all but guarantees an easy route to passage for the legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January.

For background see this ILB entry from Nov. 10th and this one from Nov. 15th.

Here is a long list of ILB entries on Barnes v. State itself.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 22, 2011 09:48 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions