OliviaCovington

Olivia Covington joined the Indiana Lawyer team in September 2016. Prior to coming to Indiana Lawyer, Covington worked as a reporter for The Republic in Columbus, IN, where she specialized in education and local, state and national government reporting for 15 months.

Covington’s work has received honors from both the Hoosier State Press Association and the Indiana Associated Press Media Editors, which each awarded her second and third place awards for her work at The Republic in 2015.

Covington is an Indianapolis native who graduated from Franklin College with degrees in broadcast and news editorial journalism in 2015. While a student at Franklin, she worked for various media outlets in Indianapolis, including WRTV6 News and TheStatehouseFile.com. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State University.

Recent Articles

Goff joins high court

July 24, 2017
The bench of the Indiana Supreme Court is once again full after former Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Michael Goff joined the high court on Monday.
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COA to hear arguments in fire departments’ tax, annexation dispute

July 24, 2017
The Indiana Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments this week to determine whether a trial court has jurisdiction to hear a Fort Wayne case that involves questions of both annexation and tax laws.
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Justices: Plain reading of law supports denial of liquor wholesale license

July 24, 2017
Indiana beer and wine wholesalers will not be able to also obtain liquor wholesaling permits after the Indiana Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s order issuing a liquor wholesaling permit to an affiliate of Indiana’s largest beer and wine distributor.
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Supreme Court overturns grant of Monarch affiliate’s liquor permit

July 21, 2017
The Indiana Supreme Court has reversed a trial court’s order directing the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to grant a liquor wholesaling license to an affiliate of a major Indiana beer and wine wholesaler, finding statutory language prohibits companies with overlapping ownership to hold interest in both liquor and beer wholesaler permits.
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Supreme Court remands child molesting case for resentencing

July 21, 2017
A man who pleaded guilty to molesting his girlfriend’s son and was sentenced to 40 years in prison will return to court for resentencing. The Indiana Supreme Court determined Friday that the trial court considered an incorrect statutory sentencing range.
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State seeking to recover $11,000 in public funds related to theft from golf course

July 21, 2017
The state of Indiana is seeking more than $11,000 in public funds from a former Edinburgh golf course employee who admitted to repeatedly stealing money from the public course.
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COA: Doctor’s report to DCS not protected by anti-SLAPP statute

July 21, 2017
A doctor who reported medical child abuse to the Department of Child Services was not protected by the state’s anti-SLAPP statute, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday in a case of first impression.
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COA orders return of gun to rightful owner

July 21, 2017
A man whose handgun was confiscated after police believed it was stolen will soon have the gun returned to his family. The Indiana Court of Appeals found Friday the man proved his mother was the rightful owner of the firearm.
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Attorney suspended for practicing without a license, renegotiating fees

July 21, 2017
An Indianapolis attorney has been suspended for at least 180 days after he practiced law with a suspended license and modified fee agreements to work in his favor.
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COA: Trial courts can waive right to be at commitment hearing

July 20, 2017
State statute allows trial courts to waive respondents’ right to be present at their mental health commitment hearings, though the use of such statute should be limited only to cases where the evidence shows respondents’ presence would be injurious to their mental health, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in a precedent-setting case.
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  5. Patricia, i can't understand how painfully heartbreak ithis ordeal must have been for you. I read the appellate case and was surprised to see both sides of the story because your actions were harmful to your child; more so than the fathers. The evidence wasn't re weighed. It was properly reviewed for abuse of discretion as the trial court didn't consider whether a change of circumstance occurred or follow and define the statutes that led to their decision. Allowing a child to call a boyfriend "daddy" and the father by his first name is unacceptable. The first time custody was reversed to father was for very good reason. Self reflection in how you ultimately lost primary custody is the only way you will be able heal and move forward. Forgiveness of yourself comes after recognition and I truly hope you can get past the hurt and pain to allow your child the stability and care you recognized yourself that the father provides.

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