There are a lot of things to report from the legal world today. Here they are…
Dead Men Do Tell Tales
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi served a search warrant today on the Coroner’s office. Brizzi is investigating allegations of theft and obstruction of justice. He and several investigators showed up to retrieve records and other documents. Brizzi told the media he had exercise the warrant so no evidence would be lost. The Coroner, Dr. Kenneth Eckles was not in the office when the warrants were served. Brizzi says the deputy coroner called Eckles and told him the search was taking place, however Eckles was not expected to return to work.
Kennedy Goes On Offensive
Brizzi’s challenger, Melina Kennedy, today went on the attack. She says Brizzi was not being honest when accused Terrence “Mob” Anderson of being the poster boy for jail overcrowding. Anderson was arrested in 2005, released from jail, went on a shooting spree and killed one person and was later re-arrested. Kennedy told the press today the murders would not have occurred had Brizzi not filed paperwork saying his office did not intend to press charges, at this time. Brizzi disputes Kennedy’s claim. A spokesman says the charges were never dropped so they did not have the evidence to hold him. Once they got the evidence (a ballistic test) he was re-arrested. The spokesman also said it was jail overcrowding was the cause for the release. Anderson was arrested for an unrelated crime and his bond was dropped from $50,000 to zero. Thus, the early release.
A Rather Odd DUI
The son of a prominent political figure has been arrested for DUI. According to court records, Lacy Johnson, Jr. was arrested last month for driving while under the influence and while intoxicated. Normally, I wouldn’t write about something like this but Johnson is not only the son of Lacy Johnson, one of the most prominent Democrats in Indianapolis, Lacy Johnson, Sr. But he is also the registered owner/investor of 300 East, that famous bar in the Carson Government building that’s caused so much trouble. He is also the applicant for the bar’s liquor license. No word yet on how that will impact the hearing. Like I said, a rather odd DUI.