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Congressional Democrats sue Trump over foreign payments

June 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire.
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Comey's release of Trump memo to newspaper: Was it legal?

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
When former FBI Director James Comey revealed Thursday that he orchestrated a disclosure of damaging details about his conversations with President Donald Trump, he demonstrated his savvy use of media and his skills as a Washington operator. He also kicked up a hornet's nest of questions about the legal and ethical implications of the move.
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US House poised to roll back post-2008 financial rules

June 8, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump has said he wants to do "a big number" on the Obama-era financial rules devised after the Great Recession, and House Republicans were poised to fulfill that goal Thursday.
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Potential death of Affordable Care Act likely to cut taxes

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Health Care Act, which seeks to repeal and replace the ACA, passed the House on a party-line vote but has not gained much traction in the Senate. In fact, the upper chamber is crafting its own repeal-and-replace legislation that could differ widely from the House proposal.
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Indiana mayors push Congress to keep funding block grants

May 24, 2017
IL Staff
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is scheduled to speak to congressional members this afternoon in support of continued funding for Community Development Block Grants.
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Indiana women trial lawyers preparing for Congressional push

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A contingent of Indiana female trial lawyers will head to Washington, D.C., this month to participate in the 20th anniversary of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus lobby day.
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Birch Bayh to be honored at 25th Amendment celebration

May 8, 2017
IL Staff
Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh will be honored this week by the American Bar Association for his work as an attorney and for being the only non-founding father to draft two enacted amendments to the Constitution.
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GOP-led House panel votes to overhaul Dodd-Frank

May 5, 2017
 Associated Press
House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.
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Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.
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3 Hoosiers joining ABA advocacy effort

April 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Three Indiana lawyers will be part of an American Bar Association delegation headed to Washington, D.C., next week to connect with lawmakers and discuss key legal issues.
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Data privacy attorneys consider future of consumer protections

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
A rule designed to provide internet users with an extra layer of control over their web use history is dead before it ever fully came to life, but data privacy law experts say there’s little reason for consumers to panic.
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Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling after reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of the House intelligence committee.
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Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
For years, family members of those killed on Sept. 11 and insurance companies tried unsuccessfully through the courts to hold Saudi Arabia or businesses and organizations there responsible for the terrorist attacks. Now that Congress has cleared the way, they're making a fresh effort.
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Democratic leader Schumer vows filibuster of Gorsuch nomination

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.
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Bill in Congress targets class actions

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
Trial lawyers contend the legislation would gut court access; defense attorneys say reforms are overdue.
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Justices won’t hear Menendez appeal in corruption case

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s appeal of his corruption indictment, setting the stage for a federal trial in the fall.
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GOP chairman praises Gorsuch pick as confirmation opens

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee praised President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick on Monday for an “unfailing commitment” to the principle of separation of powers, as Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing got underway.
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Young wants to fill Indiana seats on federal courts quickly

March 15, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
With the deadline passed to apply for openings in the federal courts in Indiana, Sen. Todd Young’s office says it wants to move quickly to select candidates to fill the positions.
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US House passes bill to restrict legal claims against companies

March 10, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. House has approved a bill that would make it harder for individuals or groups to bring legal claims against companies in consumer disputes, employment discrimination cases and other areas.
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Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.
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Attorneys trying to stay apprised, advise clients as Congress weighs health care reform

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Affordable Care Act brought a sea change to the health care industry, and whatever replaces it is expected to bring another. Attorneys practicing health care law or with clients greatly impacted by the rules and regulations of the ACA are scrambling to stay afloat.
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Senate hearings for Supreme Court pick to begin March 20

February 16, 2017
 Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on March 20.
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Geyh, testifying for judicial reform, warns of Trump’s criticism

February 15, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Charles Geyh testified in favor of several federal court reforms Tuesday before a congressional panel on the judiciary. He also used the opportunity to warn that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric threatened to undermine confidence and independence in the judicial branch.
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Applications being sought for federal judicial, US Attorney vacancies

February 14, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Sen. Todd Young is taking applications for several vacancies in federal court as well as U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal positions.
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Donnelly to vote against Trump AG nominee Sessions

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he will vote against Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general.
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  1. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  2. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  3. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  4. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  5. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

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