Charbonneau earns award: Challenge to Supreme Court Cited

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Short Takes

Published on August 03, 2011 with No Comments

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) is the recipient of a midyear integrity award in recognition of his efforts seeking reconsideration of a controversial Indiana Supreme Court ruling regarding Hoosiers’ rights to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. Charbonneau received the award from a grassroots legal reform organization called Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored (POPULAR). Launched in 2008, POPULAR consists of public interest attorneys and doctoral law degree holders who are committed to “helping poor and other disadvantaged people access affordable and competent legal representation in addition to appropriate judicial oversight.” “It’s an honor to be recognized by this organization,” Charbonneau said. Charbonneau said he and fellow legislators contend Indiana’s self-defense law has long allowed citizens to use reasonable force to prevent or terminate unlawful entry into their homes. Indiana’s Supreme Court has accepted a joint brief filed by 71 Hoosier lawmakers encouraging the justices to reconsider the ruling. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller then filed a legal brief urging the Indiana Supreme Court to re-evaluate the verdict, arguing that citizens have the right to reasonably and nonviolently resist unlawful intrusion by police.

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