Judges: A Slight Case of Contempt

As his part in a statewide crackdown aimed at Indiana's mounting traffic problem, Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Edward F. New Jr. decreed last month that speeders and other "moving violators" in his jurisdiction will no longer get off with mere fines paid to a local justice of the peace.

New will personally try them in his higher court— and motorists found guilty even of first-offense speeding will go straight to the state penal farm or the state women's prison.

"An excellent example of shotgun justice," wrote Editor James Neal of Hamilton County's...

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