Lawmakers Begin Hearings On Indiana High Court Ruling

by Rick Howlett on June 29, 2011

An Indiana legislative committee has begun a formal review of a recent state Supreme Court ruling that says homeowners should not resist police who illegally enter their homes.

The panel is chaired by Republican state Senator Brent Steele, who says lawmakers need to clarify self-defense and search-and-seizure laws.

“I see this as two trains headed toward each other on the same track.  There’s going to be a collision someday and somebody’s going to get hurt,” Steele said.

The ruling brought Indiana in line with most other states, but Steele says it generated a heavy number of citizen complaints.

Indiana State Police legal counsel Lt. Mark Carnell says the decision doesn’t mean troopers will start bursting into homes without a warrant.

“It’s a waste of law enforcement resources, at the minimum level, and at the very worst a deprivation of an individual’s constitutional rights,” he said.

The court ruled in a Vanderburgh County case in which a man scuffled with an officer who entered his house without a warrant during a domestic violence call.  The court has been asked to rehear the case.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

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