NEW ALBANY, Ind. - A federal magistrate has approved class-action status for a lawsuit accusing southern Indiana officials of violating the civil rights of dozens of drug court participants.
The Courier-Journal reports a federal magistrate in New Albany on Thursday certified two classes of potential victims totaling 40 people in the suit filed by Louisville, Kentucky, attorney Mike Augustus.
That suit alleges civil rights violations against participants in Floyd County's drug treatment program who say they were allowed to languish in jail without a hearing, attorney or other due process.
One of the plaintiffs is a woman who was sentenced to 48 hours in jail in August 2013, pending evaluation for her second diluted drug test. She ended up spending about five months in jail and the evaluation never happened.
Source: Pence to 'clarify' religious freedom law
Indiana Governor Mike Pence will seek to "clarify" the new religious freedom law that has drawn intense national criticism to the state, a…
Silver Alert issued for missing Huntington man
A statewide Silver Alert was issued Saturday for an 84-year-old Huntington man.
Pacers, Fever, NBA and WNBA respond to RFRA
The NBA, WNBA, Pacers and Indiana Fever released a joint statement Saturday reaffirming their commitment to non-discrimination in response to…
Seattle mayor announces Indiana travel ban
The mayor of Seattle joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in announcing a travel ban to Indiana in response to the state's controversial…
Ind. National Guard MPs prepare for Afghanistan
Sadness and excitement mixed Saturday as members of the Indiana National Guard said goodbye to their families to begin a deployment in Afghanistan.