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East Chicago-casino settlement up in air

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Marion Superior Judge David Shaheed on April 19 declined to immediately decide on the state's request to set aside a partial settlement in a dispute about East Chicago casino revenues.

The Attorney General's Office objects to a lawsuit settlement filed between the City of East Chicago and for-profit company Second Century that received about $16 million in casino revenue since the late 1990s. The AG wants Judge Shaheed to set aside the settlement granted April 8, specifically because the city council had rejected the settlement in March with a 5-4 vote. If approved, the settlement would release about $8 million in remaining funds. Of that, 54 percent is to go to the city administration and 46 percent to Second Century owners. In addition, the casino revenue stream is being redirected to the city without any accounting of how the money's been spent so far or how it might be spent in the future.

This case is part of a larger investigation into public corruption in East Chicago, which so far has been highlighted by the AG's recent victory against former mayor Robert Pastrick and aides in a federal civil racketeering case. In March, a federal judge ordered that they pay $108 million. While this Second Century case is separate, it involves most of the same players and the casino revenue that's been a part of the entire line of litigation. The AG's Office says it was not consulted on the settlement between East Chicago and Second Century.

Briefs were due from both Second Century and the East Chicago Foundations April 23, and the state's reply is due May 3. Following those briefs being filed, the judge will take the arguments under advisement and may hold another hearing in May.
 

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  1. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  2. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  3. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  4. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  5. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

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