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Indiana sheriff agrees to plea deal right before trial

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.
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7th Circuit: Title VII interpretation follows precedent

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The employment discrimination complaint that began as a pro se filing by an Indiana math teacher has led the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to become the first federal appellate court to find the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protection for LGBT workers.
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Discipline charges filed against suspended Dunkirk judge

April 5, 2017
IL Staff
Formal disciplinary charges have been filed against suspended Dunkirk City Court Judge Tommy Dale Phillips II, who was recently sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to felony battery on a law enforcement officer.
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Fishers fitness firm sanctioned for violating injunction

April 5, 2017
IL Staff
A Fishers fitness business must pay a $1,000 penalty for violating a court order in a franchise dispute.
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Court lets IPL rate increases stand

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
An approved rate change for Indianapolis Power & Light customers will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of various advocacy groups on Wednesday.
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Marion County judicial-selection bill headed for conference committee

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill that would establish a merit-based judicial selection system for Marion Superior judges is entering its final phases of negotiation after it cleared the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.
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Taft wins defamation lawsuit in appellate court

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
An Illinois appellate court has affirmed the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP did not defame a private business in a newsletter emailed to clients.
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Gorsuch plagiarism allegations involve Indiana source

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Reports that Neil Gorsuch may have plagiarized legal writings, including one from an Indiana lawyer, broke late Tuesday, adding to the Washington drama over President Donald Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court.
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Johnson County judge temporarily transferred

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Johnson Circuit Court judge will be temporarily transferred to the county’s Superior Court later this month when Superior Judge Cynthia S. Emkes retires.
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Northern Indiana sheriff pleads guilty to intimidation

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff pleaded guilty to an intimidation charge as his trial on bribery and other counts was about to begin.
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7th Circuit rules Title VII covers sexual orientation

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a landmark ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has found Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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Semifinalists set for second round of Supreme Court interviews

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
From a pool of 20 candidates to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court after Justice Robert Rucker retires, a little over half remain after the first round of interviews with members of the Judicial Nominating Commission last month.
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Fewer offenders paying user fees

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A money crunch hits probation and community corrections departments around Indiana as a result of less offenders paying fees.
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Disbarred Merrillville lawyer to face second mail fraud trial

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
The federal government will try again next month to convince a jury that disbarred Merrillville attorney Robert Stochel should be found guilty of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $330,000 from a receivership he administered.
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Disciplinary Actions - 4/5/17

April 5, 2017
IL Staff
Read who's been suspended or publicly reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Lawyer stands behind his own rollover crash tests courts ruled inadmissible

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
New Albany attorney Dave Scott wanted to prove a point when he strapped himself behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Explorer that was pushed down an embankment, violently rolling over multiple times. Just to be safe, he later buckled into another Explorer that again was sent careening roof over wheels, rolling three times.
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Political group takes ‘robocall’ law challenge to SCOTUS

April 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation.
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Supreme Court announces schedule for 2nd round of vacancy interviews

April 4, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will move to the next step in the process of selecting three finalists to fill an impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court during its second round of semifinalists interviews later this month.
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Trump defends Obama's for-profit college crackdown

April 4, 2017
 Bloomberg News
For-profit colleges were supposed to thrive under a Trump administration staffed by officials known to be friendly to the industry. A legal filing from last week suggests perhaps those assumptions were premature.
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Judge awards $850,000 to 8 fired Anderson city workers

April 4, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled the city of Anderson must pay about $850,000 to eight people who were fired when a new mayor took office in 2012.
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COA affirms neglect conviction against man with intellectual disability

April 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the felony neglect conviction of a Wayne County man with a mild intellectual disability, finding that the state presented sufficient evidence to prove that he knowingly neglected his child leading to the boy’s death, and that the testimony of two medical experts was proper.
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ACLU, Planned Parenthood praise preliminary injunction against abortion law

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Pro-choice advocates are celebrating a “major victory” for a woman’s right to choose Monday after a federal judge blocked a portion of an Indiana abortion regulation that would have required women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure.
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US Supreme Court rejects bid to revive ballot selfies ban

April 3, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected New Hampshire's bid to revive a law prohibiting voters from taking selfies pictures with their completed ballots.
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Judge's ruling ends civil suit against former Irwin Union bank officers

April 3, 2017
Susan Orr
An Indianapolis judge has ruled in favor of three former Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co. executives, closing the book on a civil suit that the bank’s bankruptcy trustee originally filed in 2011.
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White House no longer wants ABA evaluations for judicial spots

April 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The decision by the Trump administration to no longer seek input from the American Bar Association on nominees to the federal bench does not mean the national organization of lawyers will be cut completely from the evaluation process.
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  1. As one of the many consumers affected by this breach, I found my bank data had been lifted and used to buy over $200 of various merchandise in New York. I did a pretty good job of tracing the purchases to stores around a college campus just from the info on my bank statement. Hm. Mr. Hill, I would like my $200 back! It doesn't belong to the state, in my opinion. Give it back to the consumers affected. I had to freeze my credit and take out data protection, order a new debit card and wait until it arrived. I deserve something for my trouble!

  2. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  3. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  4. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  5. Different rules for different folks....

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