Monday, May 23, 2011

Court: No right to resist unlawful police entry

Ind. AG wants new hearing on police entry ruling

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Indiana's attorney general says he supports asking the state Supreme Court to revisit its recent ruling that found people don't have the right to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller (ZEL'-ur) said Friday that a rehearing in the case would "allow for a more narrow ruling that would continue to recognize the individual right of reasonable resistance to unlawful entry."

Last week's state Supreme Court decision upholding an Evansville man's convictions for battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement outraged some Indiana residents and lawmakers.

Although his office represents the prosecution in criminal appeals, Zoeller says he'll support a rehearing in this "unusual case" if the Evansville man asks for one. The defendant has until June 13 to seek a rehearing.

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