The judge says the restrictions create a chilling effect on free speech.
Activists flooded a meeting at Bloomington City Hall Tuesday night to protest the police department’s planned purchase of an armored vehicle.
Jackson County plans to close its juvenile detention center by the end of March. The sheriff says the space will help address jail overcrowding.
The lawsuit claims seven men facing charges in Johnson County received inadequate representation.
According to the bid, the state could make $750,000 off the deal.
Some of the pardons are for those who've had their records expunged. Others served their sentences decades ago and haven't committed any crimes since.
The charges come two months after the former county highway superintendent was arrested for a similar scheme.
Most of the funding for public defense in Indiana comes from local governments.
Indiana scored poorly in all categories, including its pretrial detention rate.
The income tax increase would help fund additional positions at the county jail.