MarilynOdendahl

Marilyn Odendahl covers the Indiana General Assembly as well as law schools and bar associations across the state for the Indiana Lawyer. Prior to joining the Indiana Lawyer, she was a reporter for nearly eight years at The Elkhart Truth, in Elkhart, Ind., where she primarily covered business. She holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Louisville.

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COA tosses conviction after unlawful arrest

February 16, 2017
Testimony of police officers who stopped a man for walking on the wrong side of the road, then arrested him for intimidation and resisting law enforcement should not have been admitted at trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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COA: Dirty pictures allowed by Legislature

February 14, 2017
Revisiting the question of whether sending sexually explicit photographs to a 16- or 17-year-old is permitted under state law, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld its earlier ruling by finding the Legislature’s inaction to amend the statute implies dirty pictures are suitable for these teens.
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Lateral hiring up

February 8, 2017
The pace of attorneys jumping from one firm to another is expected to continue this year.
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Birth certificate battle moves to 7th Circuit

February 8, 2017
The new Indiana administration does not want to recognize non-birth mothers as parents.
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Indiana Bar Foundation gets help in Statehouse

February 8, 2017
A Barnes & Thornburg lobbyist is advocating for the organization as well as promoting access to justice.
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After heartbreak, tech startup maintains focus on case management software

February 8, 2017
Case Pacer, launched in 2013, continues to move forward and grow after the death of its founder, Kevin McCarthy and sales representative, Casey Speckman, in an car crash last year. It expects to double in size within the next year.
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Cop denied murder rehearing to appeal to US Supreme Court

February 6, 2017
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed itself and vacated its order to rehear a case of an Indiana police officer convicted of murder and arson. Glenn Patrick Bradford's attorney said he will ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the appeal.
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Eighth Amendment complaint splits 7th Circuit

January 31, 2017
A prisoner’s attempt to seek remedy for injuries he sustained from falling out of the bunk bed in his cell split the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The majority found the inmate did not sue the individuals who were responsible. However, Judge Richard Posner dissented, asserting a dog deserved better treatment than the prisoner received.
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Eighth Amendment complaint splits 7th Circuit

January 31, 2017
A prisoner’s attempt to seek remedy for injuries he sustained from falling out of the bunk bed in his cell split the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The majority found the inmate did not sue the individuals who were responsible. However, Judge Richard Posner dissented, asserting a dog deserved better treatment than the prisoner received.
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State immigration lawyers say clients fearful amid Trump orders

January 30, 2017
As the nation witnessed chaotic scenes over the weekend of immigrants detained at major American airports, Indiana immigration lawyers said President Donald Trump’s executive orders tightening immigration enforcement and banning immigrants from seven nations are dividing families and sowing fear with their clients.
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