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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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Gorsuch faced early test in court's life-and-death power

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Just 11 days on the job, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had an early taste of the weighty power that sometimes comes to a member of the nation's highest court.
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Supreme Court turns away GM appeal over ignition switches

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.
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Indy judges to have closed-door interviews before retention nod

April 24, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges would appear behind closed doors before a committee comprised mainly of political appointees who would recommend whether jurists should or should not be retained in office, according to a bill that passed the General Assembly.
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Justices affirm denial of PCR to man whose attorney called him a ‘Negro’

April 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed the denial of post-conviction relief to a man who said his attorney prejudiced him by referring to him as a “Negro” during the selection of jurors, but noted that the Court of Appeals misstated the legal standard of prejudice it applied when making its decision.
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Indiana Lawyer wins 2 journalism awards

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Lawyer took home two Society of Professional Journalists Indiana Professional Chapter awards Friday.
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Wabash College to honor 7th Circuit chief judge

April 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will be honored Monday by Wabash College as the 2017 recipient of the David W. Peck Senior Medal for Eminence in the Law. She is the second woman to receive the award since it was first given in 1974.
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COA hears malpractice case involving former Conour associate

April 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Roughly five years after former Indianapolis personal injury attorney William Conour was charged in a federal wire fraud case, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard a legal malpractice action involving one of his ex-colleagues for alleged malpractice. One of Conour's victims claims the attorney's actions kept her in the dark about theft of her settlement money.
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LaPorte County joins 40 others in allowing e-filing

April 21, 2017
IL Staff
LaPorte Circuit and Superior courts went live with e-filing Friday, becoming the 41st county to have either voluntary or mandatory e-filing in Indiana.
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Deaf man sues lawyer for sign language miscommunication

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A former IBM employee who is deaf says a sign language miscommunication with his lawyer caused him to accept a lowball offer in an earlier discrimination lawsuit.
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Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.
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Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Indianapolis officer

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A 27-year-old man on Friday pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis police officer, in a deal that spares him the death penalty.
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Judge mulls wrongful death lawsuit in baby sitter's drowning

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge is considering whether to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of an 18-year-old woman who drowned while baby-sitting at the home of two pastors in northwest Indiana.
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Holcomb’s Supreme Court pick will be a trial judge

April 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
With the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission’s stamp of approval next to their names, three trial court judges are waiting to learn who among them will be selected as the state’s next Supreme Court justice.
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Lawsuit alleges SEC investigation, financial cover-up at Celadon

April 20, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
A Celadon Group Inc. investor has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Indianapolis-based trucking company is misleading shareholders about its financial status and covering up a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the company.
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Justices: Colorado policy on court fees unconstitutional

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution.
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Holcomb appoints 2 trial court judges

April 20, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed two trial court judges, replacing judicial officers who were elected to new judgeships last November.
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Decline in bankruptcy filings slowing

April 20, 2017
IL Staff
Bankruptcy filings in federal courts continue to fall, but the rate of decline is slowing.
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3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

April 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month.
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COA upholds electric utility’s rate hike

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding substantial evidence supporting a regulatory body’s ruling, the Indiana Court of Appeals denied an attempt by Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana to overturn approval for a utility rate hike.
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Appellate court interprets amended habitual offender statute

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals, after finding the language of the habitual offender statute doesn’t support either the defendant’s or the state’s interpretation, reversed the denial of the defendant’s objection to his habitual counts and ordered the trial court to review the matter.
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COA affirms confidentiality of deposition in litigation between Greek brothers

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Discovery materials protected in Indiana courts under a protective order cannot be used in litigation between two brothers in Greece, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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COA reduces woman’s OWI conviction, orders new hearing on fees

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court did not properly determine whether a woman had the ability to pay fees owed after being convicted of a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, so the Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the case back to the trial court. The judges also ordered her conviction reduced based on the evidence presented at trial.
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Playground case touches on separation of church and state

April 19, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.
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COA: Signatures do not have to take a specific form

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A man who drove too fast and was given an electronic speeding ticket failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that all signatures are not the same.
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