Legislature

FROM THE PLAYHOUSE TO THE COURTHOUSE: INDIANA’S NEED FOR A STATUTORY MINIMUM AGE FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENCY ADJUDICATION

TRAVIS WATSON, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2020, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; B.S. in Business, 2015, Indiana University Kelley School of Business. How young is too young for a child to be arrested? How young is too young for a child to be placed in a juvenile detention facility? How young is too […]

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The Cultural Politics of Dan Quayle and Mike Pence

STEVE SANDERS, Associate Professor, Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. The Gallup polling organization classifies Indiana as a “pink” state, rather than a “red” state, meaning it leans Republican but is not solidly in the GOP column. After all, in recent years Indiana has sent Democrats like Evan Bayh and Joe Donnelly to the United […]

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A Bipartisan Policy for Democracy Why Automatic Voter Registration is Right for Indiana

ELIZABETH M. HYDE- J.D., 2019, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; B.A. 2011, Hanover College – Hanover, Indiana. “When you’re automatically registered to vote, that makes your life easier.” This remark came on the floor of the West Virginia Senate shortly before the Senate voted to pass an automatic voter registration bill. The speaker? […]

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Public Business is the Public’s Business: Koch’s Implications for Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act

COURTNEY ABSHIRE- J.D., 2019, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; MPA 2016, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana; B.A. 2012, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court faced the question of whether records requested pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act (“APRA”) could be withheld […]

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Survey: Banking, Business, and Contract Law

On April 21, Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law an enactment of the General Assembly that Secretary of State Connie Lawson called “the most farreaching revision of Indiana business laws in more than two decades.” The new act consolidates in a single place in the Indiana Code and harmonizes certain administrative provisions and provisions governing transactions that had previously been contained in five different business entity statutes. Although the new law does not bring about much substantive change, it contains an unprecedented amount of procedural simplification.

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An Introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were originally imposed by Congress in the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (SRA). This statute was an attempt to create a determinate sentencing system, which included large-scale elimination of parole and severe restriction of good time credit in order to create a system in which criminals would serve most or all of the time to which they were sentenced.

For nearly 100 years prior to the enactment of the SRA, the U.S. federal criminal system was an indeterminate sentencing system, under which “[s]tatutes specified the penalties for crimes but nearly always gave the sentencing judge wide discretion” in whether an individual should be incarcerated and for how long, and as to whether the use of parole was appropriate. 

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