CP attorney charged with bringing cell phone to inmate downstate

Mar 1, 2011 Full story: Post Tribune 30

A Crown Point attorney has been charged in Tippecanoe Superior Court with trafficking with an inmate for allegedly smuggling in a cell phone charger and cord to an inmate she represented in an armed robbery case.

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#1 Mar 1, 2011
Wasn't this Shante Henry girl Aleksandra "Sasha" Desancic Dimitrijevich's corruption buddy when they worked together as Lake County Indiana deputy prosecutors? The Honorable? Judge Sheila M Moss would often watch these girls play "crooked courts" in her own courtroom and merely turn the other cheek...apparently Tippecanoe County court judges don't...good for them...bad for Shante et al...
Aleksandra Dimitrijevic

Matteson, IL

#2 Mar 3, 2011
If you are going to write about me then please spell my name correctly - there is no "h". Thank you.
Joe

Merrillville, IN

#3 Mar 4, 2011
Wow... should be punished. Lake county could save money and embarsement by shit canning all these people
Dave

Chicago, IL

#4 Nov 15, 2011
Shante's jury trial starts today-November 15. Last month a couple of counts were dismissed but still they are trying her on TRAFFICKING WITH AN INMATE which is a Class C felony (according to court records) which carries something like 2 to 8 years. Just curious--since she was once a deputy judge and has sentenced people for greater and lesser crimes, does she get leniency because of her position or will she be held to a higher standard because she should know better and thus be punished more severely?
Lake County Observer

Valparaiso, IN

#5 Nov 19, 2011
pretty credible sources have rumored that Bernard A Carter and a group of his more mendacious prosecutors (and judges) have already negotiated and secured an aquittal (Lake County Indiana style...behind the scenes) The trial will proceed mainly to coddle the whiny public and quell any other legitimate concerns.
Dave wrote:
Shante's jury trial starts today-November 15. Last month a couple of counts were dismissed but still they are trying her on TRAFFICKING WITH AN INMATE which is a Class C felony (according to court records) which carries something like 2 to 8 years. Just curious--since she was once a deputy judge and has sentenced people for greater and lesser crimes, does she get leniency because of her position or will she be held to a higher standard because she should know better and thus be punished more severely?
Dan

Valparaiso, IN

#6 Feb 20, 2012
Anyone know the latest on this trial...it seems to have just disappeared...
henry

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 27, 2012
Dan wrote:
Anyone know the latest on this trial...it seems to have just disappeared...
She got away with it. Technicality (a charger is not a communications device in and of itself so since that's all she brought in, they acquitted her.) Still slimy. But then again what can you expect from a woman who defends child abusers and drug dealers!
Fearful Voter

Washington, DC

#8 Mar 31, 2012
Dear Governer Mitch Daniels, please address the rampant corruption here in northwest indiana particularly the lake county Indiana prosecutors office. How do you expect citizens to vote for law abiding public servants, much less obey laws themselves, if local politicians, prosecutors, etc use those very laws to maliciously defend and prosecute their friends and enemies respectively? The message here in lake and porter county Indiana clearly indicates a powerful hegemony where, overwhelmingly, corrupt influences dictate the interpretations and applications of law...fail integrity. You there Mitch?
Government ethics

Washington, DC

#9 Apr 6, 2012
Does anyone in this thread realize these aren't just slimy attorneys from whom i've come to expect this type of behavior. The folks involved in this scandal are PROSECUTORS, JUDGES, and other staff CURRENTLY employed by the Lake County Indiana court system...paid for by our tax dollars. Forget Mitch...he's too far removed from being able to do anything about it...ask Joseph S Van Bokkelen to look into this.
longgone

Frankfort, IL

#10 Apr 11, 2012
Government ethics wrote:
Does anyone in this thread realize these aren't just slimy attorneys from whom i've come to expect this type of behavior. The folks involved in this scandal are PROSECUTORS, JUDGES, and other staff CURRENTLY employed by the Lake County Indiana court system...paid for by our tax dollars. Forget Mitch...he's too far removed from being able to do anything about it...ask Joseph S Van Bokkelen to look into this.
This goes on everywhere. More in the "tighter law" areas. This corruption is going on in Will County Illinois too. The law is not here to protect you these days, its about how many people you can wrongfully accuse and sentence. I know to many people who have killed and walked away, but let it be someone who was driving on a suspended license, they get 5 years. It's horrible.
Regioner

Valparaiso, IN

#11 Aug 24, 2012
...Philpot, Radoja, Ivancevich, Desancich, Henry, Moss...i don't get it...they couldn't have done any of this stuff...very nice folks...someone higher up must have it out for them..
Margaret W

Highland, IN

#12 Aug 30, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Dimitrijeivic. She was very nice and pleasant and she fought hard for my loved one who was the vicitm of a horrible murder. She fought for my brother and our family and gave us some peace. There is good out int he world. everyone please remember there are good, kind and honest people. Miss Dimirijevich is one of them. Everytime you make a horrible comment, it takes away from the succcesful prosections that these people gith for. Y
Burmila

Valparaiso, IN

#13 Sep 5, 2012
Drew Peterson is one of them good, kind, honest people also...say his followers
Melanie S

La Porte, IN

#14 Oct 22, 2012
Here's a new article about a girl in Westville of Porter County...sounds like she's just leading by these Lake County prosecutors' examples...any chance she'll be allowed a similar "fair trial" ?
Dave

Chicago, IL

#16 Dec 3, 2012
So Shante got herself put back in jail with no bail a couple of months ago for not showing up to court in a murder case ( http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/148055... )...that's around the time she pushed it to the edge repeatedly no-showing in a child abuse case too. they continued until they could no longer continue, then she started making up excuses. heck, by the time the child-abuse case was settled, the child was headed to college (true story)... anyway, she must like it in jail--or maybe her foreclosure case isn't going so well and she's looking for new digs...or maybe it's like that proverb "because the punishment was not dealt swiftly" she keeps thinking she can get away with things, one day they're going to lock her up and she WILL NOT be getting back out, God Willing!
Sever the ties

La Porte, IN

#17 Dec 7, 2012
...no wonder more and more parents keep their kids out of school for "meet the prosecutors" day...

Judge reissues arrest warrant for defense attorney
Updated: August 30, 2012 8:03PM
Lake Superior Court Judge pro tem J. Philip McGraw reissued an arrest warrant for a defense attorney who failed to appear for a contempt-of-court hearing.
McGraw denied attorney Shante Henry’s written request to transfer the case to another judge based on her position that McGraw had overstepped his authority.
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Henry had missed a court hearing for her client at the time, Evan Hodge, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in a Gary homicide in April. She has since withdrawn from the case and defense attorney Teresa Hollandsworth has been appointed from the public defender’s staff.
McGraw, a senior judge from Jasper County, agreed that Henry could transfer the contempt portion, but that he would be a witness and that Hodge’s murder case would remain before the presiding judge, Thomas Stefaniak Jr.
Defense attorney Jerry Peteet presented Henry’s motion, as well as her request to continue the hearing, which was denied. Henry has filed a complaint against McGraw.
Last month, defense attorney Randy Godshalk appeared on Henry’s behalf and asked McGraw to delay the hearing. At the time, Godshalk said Henry had found a full-time position out of town.
Earlier in July, McGraw issued a warrant for Henry’s arrest after Henry failed to appear on Hodge’s behalf after being ordered by McGraw to do so. The judge recalled the warrant two days later
The Indiana Roll of Attorneys lists Henry’s status as inactive.
LUVmYhORSE

Saint John, IN

#18 Dec 17, 2012
Melanie S wrote:
Here's a new article about a girl in Westville of Porter County...sounds like she's just leading by these Lake County prosecutors' examples...any chance she'll be allowed a similar "fair trial" ?
Westville is Laporte County, Not Porter
Birds of a feather

Westville, IN

#19 Feb 27, 2013
I hear that Joseph Elliott McCowan was tight with some of these peeps...
William

Westville, IN

#20 Mar 14, 2013
Much appreciation to U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for his appearance and inspiring words in Hobart this week...gonna take alot of work but we will keep fighting the good fight.
Daniel

Westville, IN

#21 Apr 4, 2013
Joe wrote:
Wow... should be punished. Lake county could save money and embarsement by shit canning all these people
You nailed this right on the head Joe!...now they're gonna take even more of our hard earned money from us...so they can continue using the lake county government offices as their personal arsenals against their business competitors and such...DISGUSTING!

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council is preparing to take its first vote this month on adopting as much as a 1.5 percent personal income tax on residents and workers to bail local government out of either cutting services or increasing debt.

The seven-member council will begin discussing the politically incendiary subject Thursday morning at its workshop meeting and could take the first of several votes at its 10 a.m. regular meeting Tuesday in the Lake County Government Complex auditorium.

Council President Ted Bilski, D-Hobart, said Wednesday, "This is not a cure all. We are in a position where we cannot completely cut our way out and we cannot tax our way out of the situation we are in."

Lake is the only county in the state that hasn't adopted a local income tax and is being punished for its refusal by the General Assembly, which has frozen the total amount of property taxes, called a levy, collected annually since 2007.

Lake County officials previously have opposed such an income tax as unfair to working people because business income is exempt.

They can no longer stand aloof.

Lake's county, municipal and township government units have lost tens of millions of dollars in recent years not only to the freeze on Lake County's property tax levy, but also because of a separate statewide law that reduces the amount of taxes that can be extracted from any single property.

Bilski said county government has been forced to shed about 350 jobs from its payroll, and the council was still forced this year to borrow $15 million to afford an increased corrections and medical staff the U.S. Department of Justice said is needed to improve inmate health care and safety.

They also are trying to find money to repair county highway bridges, roads and drainage ditches and county buildings, including the jail. The county also is facing millions of dollars in new spending to operate a new countywide E-911 police and fire communications network.

The council is expected to give details today on how many millions of dollars an income tax would generate. Recent estimates indicate it could be anywhere from $90 million to $94 million to all county, township, city and town government agencies in the first year.

Bilski said he expects the council to dedicate most of the money to lowering property tax bills. The rest would be dedicated to public safety services.

He said even with a tax, the county will be forced to make further spending cuts.

The council attempted to pass an income tax in 2007, but the commissioners vetoed it. The Lake County Council couldn't muster a supermajority to override the veto.

Lake County Commissioners Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, and Mike Repay, D-Hammond, said Wednesday they cannot support a income tax.

If commissioners veto it, the council would have to find at least five votes to override in order to enact the tax.

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