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Gorsuch stresses ‘open mind’ on court rulings

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch batted away Democrats’ efforts Tuesday to get him to reveal his views on abortion, guns and other controversial issues, insisting he keeps “an open mind for the entire process” when he issues rulings.
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Clarksville man backs out of plea deal in girl’s abuse death

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man has backed out of a plea agreement in the child abuse death of his former girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
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House approves domestic violence bill on phone plans, pets

March 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill enabling domestic violence victims to retain their phone numbers and to protect pets when they leave an abusive relationship.
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Supreme Court seems divided in property-rights dispute

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A divided U.S. Supreme Court struggled Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas.
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Two-year prison sentence affirmed for convict with leukemia

March 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the two-year sentence handed down to an older man being treated for leukemia, though the dissenting appellate judge had serious questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ ability to meet the man’s medical needs.
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Tennessee death row inmates lose Supreme Court appeals

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected appeals of three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled.
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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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Supreme Court rejects appeal of former Connecticut governor

March 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to disturb the convictions of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland for conspiring to hide his work for two Republican congressional candidates, several years after he resigned from office and served prison time for corruption.
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The doctrine sure to emerge in Gorsuch hearings

March 17, 2017
 Associated Press
When Democrats question Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation hearing next week, they'll probably ask a lot about something called "Chevron deference."
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Court records sealed in Indiana homicide case

March 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Court records have been sealed in a homicide case against an Indiana mother accused of smothering her two children.
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COA orders new attempted murder trial

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial in a Greene County attempted murder case after finding the trial court incorrectly applied the standard of a “knowing” mens rea, rather than a “specific intent to kill.”
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Supreme Court: Man allowed to view video of controlled drug buy with informant

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Vigo County man facing drug charges will now be able to review a video of a controlled drug buy between himself and an informant after the Indiana Supreme Court decided Friday that the disclosure of the video would be relevant and helpful to his case.
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Dissent: Teen killer’s 110-year sentence warrants review

March 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man who was convicted of murdering two people in an East Chicago confrontation in 1996 when he was 16 is entitled by subsequent U.S. Supreme Court rulings to a fresh look at his sentence, a dissenting 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge wrote.
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Insurance company wasn’t required to cover late claim

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
An insurance company was not required to defend an Indiana doctor in a medical malpractice case because the applicable insurance policy had expired before the insurer received notice of the claim.
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Teen’s felony murder conviction upheld

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
An man’s felony murder conviction in Elkhart County will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday there was sufficient evidence to support it and that the trial court did not err in instructing the jury.
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COA: Mother denied right to counsel in adoption proceeding

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Johnson County adoption after finding the mother was denied due process when the adoption court found that she had waived her right to counsel.
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Pence wants Supreme Court to dismiss public records case after release of white paper

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a “white paper” detailing a legal challenge to a federal immigration order was leaked as part of a journalistic investigation, attorneys for former Gov. Mike Pence are petitioning the Indiana Supreme Court to dismiss a court case seeking to uncover the contents of the white paper, saying the case is now moot.
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Alito: US' dedication to religious liberty being tested

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told an audience Wednesday at an event in Madison, New Jersey, sponsored by a Catholic lawyers' organization.
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Women reach plea deals in prostitution case involving teen

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Three Indianapolis women, including a guardian, have reached plea agreements with prosecutors in connection with prostitution-related charges involving a teenage girl.
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Revised Trump travel ban blocked by 2 courts

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.
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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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CIB ordered to give deposition in IRS-Simon lawsuit over Pacers deal

March 15, 2017
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board has failed in its effort to avoid getting entangled in a legal dispute between the IRS and Mel Simon’s widow stemming from Mel’s sale of his half of the Indiana Pacers to his brother Herb in 2009.
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COA rejects ineffective counsel claim based on judge’s sentencing practices

March 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man who pleaded guilty to child molesting cannot prove that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday, but the post-conviction court must still address the issue of whether his plea was voluntary.
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Judicial Conference recommends new judgeship for Indiana’s Southern District

March 15, 2017
IL Staff
A new permanent judgeship for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is among the Judicial Conference of the United States’ recommendations to Congress for the creation of nearly five dozen new judgeships across the country.
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