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Experts say free speech at stake in 'American Sniper' appeal

October 19, 2015
 Associated Press
Legal experts say important free speech issues will be at stake when an appeals court considers whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is entitled to the $1.8 million judgment he won against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
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Man charged after shooting outside federal courthouse

October 12, 2015
IL Staff
A man who is accused of firing a handgun in front of the Birch Bayh Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis has been charged with firearm and drug offenses.  
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Federal jury rules against DCS, awards family $31.3 million

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
The family of a 14-year-old Pulaski County girl who died as a result of prescription error has been awarded $31.3 million in a judgment against state agents who wrongly removed the couple’s children from their home and prosecuted the parents for their daughter’s death.
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Man sentenced for buying guns in Indiana, selling in Chicago

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
A Chicago man convicted of helping to buy more than 40 guns in Indiana and then transporting them for sale on the streets of Chicago has been sentenced to just over three years in prison.
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Ex-Lake Station mayor wants delay in 2nd criminal trial

September 29, 2015
 Associated Press
The former mayor of Lake Station and his wife have asked for a delay in their second criminal trial and for a federal judge to recuse himself.
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Lawsuit: College prep company is insolvent, owes millions

September 29, 2015
 Associated Press
A credit union that holds loans on thousands of prospective college students is suing an Indianapolis-based college test preparation company, alleging that it owes it more than $12 million.
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Ex-US House speaker's lawyers talking possible plea deal

September 28, 2015
 Associated Press
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's attorneys are talking with prosecutors about a possible plea deal in the Republican's hush-money case, both sides told a federal judge Monday.
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Federal judge awards ex-jail inmate $225K in chokehold suit

September 25, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has awarded $225,000 to a former western Indiana jail inmate who alleged a jail officer put him in a chokehold and threw him to the ground.
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DCS workers' suit on unpaid overtime dismissed

August 27, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Indiana Department of Child Services investigators over having to work extensive overtime without receiving extra pay.
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Firm that took Conour cases ordered to pay creditor $774K

August 27, 2015
Dave Stafford
A law firm that took over personal-injury cases as attorney William Conour’s practice was unraveling before his fraud conviction must pay a Conour creditor almost $775,000, a federal judge ruled.
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Kentucky taxpayers owe $2.3 million in fees in same-sex marriage case

August 25, 2015
 Associated Press
Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses. The state of Kentucky, as the losing party in the case, gets stuck with the tab under federal civil-rights law.
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Fogle attorney: Jared taking responsibility for 'deplorable behavior'

August 19, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
The attorney for Jared Fogle said the former Subway pitchman was accepting responsibility for “his deplorable behavior” as he agreed Wednesday in federal court to plead guilty to paying for sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography.
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Indiana man wins $3 million wrongful conviction settlement

August 11, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man who spent more than three years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of breaking into Frankton High School and setting it on fire will receive one of the largest wrongful conviction settlements ever in Indiana, his attorneys announced Tuesday.
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Feds: Action taken to fix mistakenly awarded work permits

August 3, 2015
 Associated Press
Problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold, the Justice Department said in newly filed court documents.
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NCAA granted stay in O'Bannon case; payments delayed

August 3, 2015
 Associated Press
The NCAA was given a respite Friday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court delayed the implementation of possible payments to athletes for the use of their names, images and likenesses.
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Insurer off hook in Indy strip club shooting

July 31, 2015
Dave Stafford
A company that insured a westside Indianapolis strip club has no coverage duty for a patron who was shot in the face after an altercation outside the club three years ago, a federal judge has ruled.
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Teamsters sue regional airline over bonuses for new pilots

July 15, 2015
 Associated Press
Unions say that low pay is creating a pilot shortage at regional airlines, but the Teamsters are taking the unusual step of suing an airline for giving more money to pilots it represents.
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Judge orders Homeland Security chief, others to court

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Texas has threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court for not fixing problems that led to work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after the judge had put the plan on hold.
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Court rules litigants are responsible for lawyers ‘asleep on the job’

July 8, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed the party of investors did have a “poor lawyer,” the panel declined to overturn the nearly $450,000 judgment against them, saying “legal bungling … does not justify reopening a judgment.”
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Kristine Bunch’s malicious prosecution suit stayed

July 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
A woman whose murder conviction was overturned after she spent 17 years in prison may proceed with a malicious prosecution lawsuit against fire officials she claims framed her, a federal judge ruled Monday.
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Indy skyline photo copyright appeal not fully developed

June 30, 2015
Dave Stafford
A lawyer and photographer’s appeal in a copyright lawsuit over unlicensed use of his photo of the Indianapolis skyline was improper, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday, dismissing the appeal.
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Tim Durham fails to convince judge to reduce 50-year sentence

June 29, 2015
Scott Olson
Convicted Ponzi scheme leader Tim Durham failed Friday afternoon in his bid to get his 50-year prison sentence reduced.
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Judge tosses Angie's List suit, but gives investors chance to refile

June 19, 2015
Jared Council, IBJ Staff
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a class-action fraud lawsuit against Angie's List Inc., concluding plaintiffs failed to show that sharp cuts to membership fees the company rolled out in 2013 demonstrated the inaccuracy of executives' prior claims about its business model and caused the stock price to fall.
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Hussmann to retire from Southern District

June 10, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann Jr. has announced plans to retire Jan. 31, 2016, opening another vacancy in the Indiana federal judiciary.
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Suing wrong man over Indy skyline photo costs lawyer $34K

June 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
A lawyer and photographer who sued hundreds of people claiming copyright infringement of his Indianapolis skyline picture must pay almost $34,000 in legal fees to a defendant who never used the image.
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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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