Crystal hill

Crystal Hill

Journalist

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Courts Reporter based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Indianapolis Star
She wouldn't unlock her iPhone for police. Now Indiana's highest court will hear her case.

CLOSE A smartphone can reveal a lot about a person. "Your life is on your mobile device," said Westfield defense attorney William Webster. "It's very personal in nature, and really kind of an extension of you." Webster had that in mind after his client came to him with a quandary: Police wanted access to her smartphone and had obtained a search warrant.

Indianapolis Star
He was convicted of a nightclub murder. Does his cellmate know the 'real killer'?

CLOSE Nearly a decade after his murder conviction, Anthony Bedolla still says he didn't shoot and kill a man outside an Indianapolis nightclub. But his pleas have mostly fallen on deaf ears. Until now. The Indiana Supreme Court recently decided that Bedolla's attorney should be allowed to pursue testimony that she says could exonerate him.

Indianapolis Star
08/29/2018
This Indy dad is exposing Russian disinformation one social media account at a time

CLOSE At about 8 p.m. on most evenings, when the day is winding down, his two young sons are asleep and his wife is heading to bed, Josh Russell's mind is on Russia. With Russian trolls lurking undetected on the internet, the 39-year-old Indianapolis resident spends several hours immersing himself in the task of weeding them out.

Indianapolis Star
03/31/2015
The fight against RFRA isn't over. Meet its conservative opponent.

CLOSE Indiana attorney James Bopp is many things. A seasoned litigator. A staunch conservative. A devout Catholic. And one of the most influential lawyers in the country. One thing he isn't, Bopp says, is a quitter. "I hate to lose," he told IndyStar at a Zionsville restaurant in early March.

Indianapolis Star
'There's no playbook': What local governments can legally limit during coronavirus

CLOSE As the novel coronavirus spread through Indiana in March, a problem was unfolding in Howard County, about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. People were circumventing the governor's March 23 stay-at-home order by shopping more frequently, and for more than essential items, at big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target and Sam's Club that remained open.

Indianapolis Star
Teen told police he couldn't breathe. Officers aren't liable for his death, court says

CLOSE Indianapolis police officers will not be held liable in the 2015 death of an 18-year-old shoplifting suspect who died in police custody after telling officers he was struggling to breathe. A federal appeals court decision issued this month said Terrell Day did not tell police exactly why he was in distress as he laid handcuffed on the ground the afternoon of Sept.

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Indiana Court Allows 2 Transgender Women To Change Names Without Public Notice

Changing your name can be a hassle. Transgender individuals say it can also be dangerous for them. Two women in Indiana fought to waive a requirement that they publish notice of their name changes in local newspapers. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to Crystal Hill (), who reported the story for the Indianapolis Star.

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