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Failure to sign order sends dog dispute back to court

May 30, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Noting the plaintiff may want to let a sleeping dog lie, the Indiana Court of Appeals remanded a decision to the trial court, finding the judge had not signed the order awarding custody of a dog named Snickers.
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Appeals panel affirms termination of guardianship

May 30, 2017
Dave Stafford
The aunt and uncle of a 5-year-old who were appointed the child’s guardian after the child’s mother was charged with neglect failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals that a trial court had erred in terminating their guardianship.
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No jail time in hit-and-run death stuns victim's relatives

May 30, 2017
 Associated Press
The family of a northeastern Indiana man who died after he was struck by a car while bicycling say they're devastated the motorist received no jail time in the hit-and-run death.
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Notre Dame law clinic employee accused of embezzlement

May 30, 2017
IL Staff

An employee of the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center has been charged with 11 felony counts relating to what the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office says is a seven-year-long racketeering scheme in which the university found more than $199,000 was stolen.

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Justices to hear arguments in caseload case against DCS this week

May 30, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments this week to determine whether an employee of the Indiana Department of Child Services can bring a class-action complaint against her employer for an alleged violation of statutory caseload limits under the public standing doctrine.
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Justices consider ‘reasonable’ standard in flash bang search case

May 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
As criticism across the country continues to grow against the use of flash bang devices, a highly controversial police diversionary tool, the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court must decide whether the use of such a tool in Evansville constituted an unreasonable assault on the home.
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Ex-prosecutor faces discipline for failing to disclose false testimony

May 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
A former Porter County deputy prosecutor and a member of the Valparaiso City Council faces sanctions from the Indiana Supreme Court for allegedly withholding from the defense that an alleged victim said he had been coached to lie and had recanted allegations of sexual abuse.
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Reversal: Trial court ordered to revisit CHINS petition

May 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court imposed an “inappropriately high” burden on the Department of Child Services to prove a presumption of a child in need of services situation, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday in an opinion ordering the trial court to revisit the CHINS petition.
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Man convicted of killing Wisconsin woman buried in basement

May 26, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana man has been convicted of murder in the death of a Wisconsin woman whose body was found buried in a basement in 2015.
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Indiana sues 2 former school administrators for $3M

May 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office is suing two former Munster school administrators for more than $3 million, alleging the pair misappropriated, illegally retained or fraudulently obtained public funds.
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California man accused of defrauding former Colt of more than $4.5M

May 26, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal, Susan Orr
A financial adviser in California faces allegations that he defrauded a former Indianapolis Colts player out of more than $4.5 million in investments.
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Tax Court affirms board’s valuations of Bloomington CVS store

May 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a case involving the same litigants, attorneys and issues previously raised by the Monroe County assessor and CVS corporation, the Indiana Tax Court has affirmed the Indiana Board of Tax Review’s final determination as to the assessed value of a CVS store in Bloomington.
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Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

May 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Thursday, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims.
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Salvation Army sues neighboring Children’s Museum over expansion

May 25, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal, Scott Olson
The Salvation Army is suing the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, claiming its neighbor’s $35 million outdoor expansion project intrudes on its easements and restricts its access to Illinois Street.
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Appeals court reinstates grant of petition to relocate easement

May 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Town of Ellettsville Plan Commission can move forward with its plan to grant a petition to move an easement after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday the man who owns the easement did not prove the petition was unreasonable.
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Bloomington files lawsuit over last-minute annexation amendment

May 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The city of Bloomington has filed a lawsuit against Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, claiming an amendment dropped into the state’s biennial budget at 2 a.m. April 21 and approved less than 24 hours later is specifically targeting the municipality to prevent it from annexing seven unincorporated areas near the city limits.
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COA affirms convictions in nursing home burglary scheme

May 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a man’s various felony theft and burglary convictions after finding there was sufficient evidence to prove he broke into the dwelling of nursing home residents and stole narcotics worth more than $3,000.
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State agrees to pay family $25M to settle DCS case

May 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana will pay $25 million to conclude a northern Indiana family’s decade-long legal fight to clear their names after the Department of Child Services falsely prosecuted them for their daughter’s death.
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Evaluations of man accused of eating girlfriend sought soon

May 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana prosecutor says he expects to soon see mental competency evaluations of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body.
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Bosma Enterprises files lawsuit over VA contracting changes

May 25, 2017
 Associated Press, Indianapolis Business Journal
Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Bosma Enterprises and other advocacy groups for the blind on Wednesday sued the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court, alleging the agency ignored a long-standing law when it changed contracting rules that have been used for decades to give jobs to the visually impaired.
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Law firm entitled to $36k in unpaid legal fees, court rules, but not all it sought

May 24, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A Vincennes firm scored a partial victory in the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday after the court upheld the award of more than $36,000 in unpaid legal fees for guardianship and estate work. The appeals court remanded the case for reconsideration of other collection costs and prejudgment interest awarded.
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Federal court documentary premiere, debut airing set

May 24, 2017
IL Staff
A documentary coinciding with the bicentennial of Indiana’s federal courts will premiere at a special event next month ahead of its debut airing on public television.
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Justices to hear arguments in Evansville 'military-style assault' case

May 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s Supreme Court is set to hear cases Thursday involving the withdrawal of guilty pleas, the use of search warrants and the revocation of good-time credit.
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Indiana gets over $600K in Target data breach settlement

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana will receive over $600,000 from an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve a multi-state probe into the discounter's pre-Christmas data breach in 2013.
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COA affirms denial of educational credit time for inmate

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Correction correctly denied an inmate’s request for educational credit time after he was reincarcerated for a parole violation, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday, finding established caselaw does not allow inmates to “bank” credit time for future incarceration.
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