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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ind. Courts - " No decision on criminal charges of former Clark County drug court staff: Special prosecutor waiting for ISP report"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Gary Popp reported yesterday in the New Albany News & Tribune in a story that begins:

SOUTHERN INDIANA — Four months have gone by since the Jefferson County, Ind., prosecutor was appointed to determine if Clark County Drug Treatment Court employees will face criminal charges, but a decision has not been reached.

Chad Lewis, the special prosecutor, was assigned to the matter in early February, after claims were made that drug court personnel made unlawful arrests, and program participants were held in the Clark County jail for excessive periods of time without being taken before a judge.

“The matter continues to be under investigation by the Indiana State Police. Our office will not be in a position to make a charging decision until we have received a complete investigation by ISP,” according to a statement recently released by Lewis’ office. “We have an obligation to both the citizens of Clark County and any potential defendants to ensure that a charging decision is made in a fair and deliberate manner, only after a thorough evaluation of all available information.”

ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin said the agency does not put deadlines on its investigations, and when the investigation is completed, it will be handed over to Lewis’ office. The ISP has declined to disclose the identity of the subjects of the investigation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 15, 2014 10:52 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts