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Marion County justice center debate proves divisive

April 22, 2015
Nearly a year-and-a-half after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion County Sheriff John Layton and other community leaders laid out a vision for an Indianapolis criminal justice center, its future is clouded as late opposition resulted in a major setback to the plan.More.

Legislature turns to attorney to lead new ethics office

May 28, 2015
A longtime legislative attorney has been tapped to lead the state’s new Office of Legislative Ethics.More.

Where the clients ‘are no stoned-out hippies’

May 28, 2015
Small firms, like  Brian Vicente’s in Denver, have been advising clients on marijuana law issues for several years. Now even some bigger corporate firms are tiptoeing into the business.More.

Lawsuit says Mourdock gave chief deputy 3-year contract

May 28, 2015
A lawsuit by former Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock's chief deputy challenging his firing claims the official gave him a three-year, $300,000 contract before he resigned from office last year.More.

Obama loses second bid to implement overhaul of immigration

May 27, 2015
President Barack Obama’s bid to make overhauling immigration policy a second-term victory was dealt a serious blow as federal judges ruled the effort must remain on hold while 26 states sue to overturn it.More.
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  1. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  2. Females now rule over every appellate court in Indiana, and from the federal southern district, as well as at the head of many judicial agencies. Give me a break, ladies! Can we men organize guy-only clubs to tell our sob stories about being too sexy for our shirts and not being picked for appellate court openings? Nope, that would be sexist! Ah modernity, such a ball of confusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmRsWdK0PRI

  3. I read the line "Quigley offered another means to introduce texts. “I have witnessed and been involved in depositions where someone asks someone else to take a cellphone out and read a series of messages,” he said. “What it did was ultimately preserve the fact that there were these communications.” That is not true. A message can be created and sent to a phone looking like it came from another phone, when in actuality it didn't. You must take the totality of the available data from all sources in order to judge what has happened. As far as in house people doing the phone investigation or pulling messages. Someone from a large local firm told me one time "we need to be one step removed from things like this, that's why we go out of shop" I just can't fathom a law firm using an in house IT person to do work on a case or a potential case when you can be called to task on that.

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