Courts

General Assembly leaders honor Dickson

February 9, 2016
IL Staff
A resolution honoring the service of retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson unanimously passed both houses of the General Assembly, and House and Senate leaders praised the second-longest-serving justice in state history Tuesday.
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Hoosier’s quest to reach public road ends at 7th Circuit

February 9, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The owner of a piece of southern Indiana property who could not reach his land because neighbors would not permit him to drive across their properties has lost his attempt to get to a main road.
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Inaccurate property description does not render mortgage invalid

February 9, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Despite errors, a mortgage still contained a “facially valid” description and the mortgage holder was protected from foreclosure.
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Arrest, search of woman who walked from police unconstitutional

February 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis police who arrested and searched a woman after she walked away from them violated her Fourth Amendment rights, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Supreme Court vacates Tax Court ruling in seized-dogs case

February 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indiana Tax Court ruling that the state improperly denied a refund of the value of 240 dogs seized from an alleged puppy mill in southern Indiana was vacated Monday by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

February 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.
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Walton sentenced to 9 years for role in Indy Land Bank scheme

February 9, 2016
IBJ Staff
Reggie Walton, the former director of the Indy Land Bank, was sentenced Monday to nine years in federal prison for his role in a scheme in which he received kickbacks for fraudulently directing the sale of abandoned or tax-delinquent properties.
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Decision against trying to bifurcate did not prejudice jury

February 8, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Refusing to second-guess trial strategy, the Indiana Court of Appeals found an East Chicago man did not meet his burden to prove he had ineffective counsel.
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Co-op discriminated against disabled renter, suit claims

February 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
A daughter and care provider for her quadriplegic mother who was denied housing at a south side Indianapolis housing cooperative has sued in federal court, claiming the apartment management violated state and federal housing and anti-discrimination laws.
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ICJI opens grant process to aid domestic violence victims

February 8, 2016
IL Staff
Agencies and organizations that serve victims of domestic violence may apply for grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute through March 4.
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Man accused of killing co-worker found guilty of murder

February 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A man accused of fatally stabbing a co-worker and dumping his body along a highway in Lafayette in 2014 has been found guilty of murder.
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Jury selection to open in trial of man charged in 1975 death

February 8, 2016
A man who was convicted of killing his second wife now is accused of murdering his first wife more than 40 years ago.
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7th Circuit: Plea agreement forecloses sentence appeal

February 5, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A man who pleaded guilty in federal court to drug charges is unable to challenge his sentence on appeal based on this plea agreement, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Officials accused of hampering probe of high school coach

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Federal court documents released Thursday allege Park Tudor School officials and their attorney impeded authorities as they investigated allegations of an inappropriate relationship between the school’s former basketball coach and a 15-year-old female student at the school.
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Cosby case could hinge on 2 issues: deposition and accusers

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press
With one crucial legal battle out of the way, at least two more loom in the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby: whether prosecutors can use his explosive testimony from a decade-old lawsuit, and whether other Cosby accusers can testify.
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4 life sentences for man in Indianapolis quadruple killing

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A man has pleaded guilty and will receive four consecutive life sentences for his role in a drug-related quadruple killing in Indianapolis two years ago.
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Court OKs bulk confidential juvenile data transfer to ICJI

February 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
Confidential data in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases around the state will be provided in bulk to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute under an order issued Thursday by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Court orders portion of roof removed due to trespass

February 5, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict in a trespass and negligence lawsuit brought in a dispute over water draining from a housing development into neighboring property. In doing so, the judges ordered part of a roof to come down due to trespass.
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Nightingale Home Healthcare sues state, feds alleging discrimination

February 5, 2016
IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Nightingale Home Healthcare Inc. said Friday it has filed a lawsuit against state and federal officials after Medicare sought to stop payments to the firm for allegedly putting patients in “immediate jeopardy.”
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Judges affirm co-defendants’ robbery convictions

February 4, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Two men convicted of robbing a West Lafayette money lending store could not persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals to reverse their convictions.
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Plaintiff failed to prove injury caused by crane lessor

February 4, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A man severely injured at work by a crane failed to prove that a company breached a duty to inspect a certain part of a crane before delivering it to the renter for use, and that the alleged breach was the proximate cause of the injury, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Federal court rejects convicted financier's sentence appeal

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has rejected a former Indianapolis businessman's bid to shorten his 50-year sentence for defrauding investors of $200 million.
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Exonerated Gary man readjusts to life outside of prison

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A 47-year-old Gary man is readjusting to life outside of prison after he spent nearly 24 years behind bars for robbery and murder convictions that were overturned in appeal.
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Suit by man accused of killing Indianapolis officer tossed

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Indianapolis has thrown out a $2.3 million lawsuit filed by a man charged in the killing of a police officer. Among the defendants named in the suit is the officer he allegedly killed.
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Led Zeppelin members deposed in 'Stairway to Heaven' lawsuit

February 3, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin have all been questioned in a lawsuit that alleges their hit "Stairway to Heaven" was filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant were each deposed separately over the past month as part of pretrial discovery in the copyright infringement case, new filings in Los Angeles federal court show.
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