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    JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Hoosiers will not have a right to resist police officers who go into their home illegally, according to an Indiana Supreme Court Ruling.

    The State Supreme Court ruling stems from a Vanderburgh County 2007 case where a man, Richard Barnes, blocked officers from coming into his home. According to the documents, the officers went to the man's home to investigate a Domestic Violence report. The man reportedly shoved a police officer.

    Meanwhile, people who live in Southern Indiana are sounding off about the ruling. Jeremy Mull with the Clark County Prosecutor's office said the ruling does not give police officers the right to go into a person's home illegally. If they do, Mull said then a person should fight it in court and let the court system take care of it, instead of resisting.

    "This is not going to mean we get fewer search warrants," New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey said.

    Bailey said the ruling is not going to change their policies. "I think people can rest assured their rights are not going to be violated by the New Albany Police department or any other Indiana Police department on this," he said.

    Attorney Larry Wilder has another take on Indiana's Supreme Court ruling. "We live in a different world than 300 years ago -no doubt. Has it gone too far, taking away your rights to be reasonable and defend yourself in some respect, maybe," Wilder said.

    Wilder hopes it does not open the door for imposters to take advantage and said it takes away a person's right to question who may be coming through your door.

    "If one officer's life is saved as a result of this, it's a wonderful thing. If one citizen loses their life as a result of this, it's a horrible thing," Wilder said.

    The attorney who represents, Richard Barnes, the man convicted in the 2007 case, wants the Indiana Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling.

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