Courts

New Southern District magistrate sworn in

February 3, 2016
IL Staff
Matthew P. Brookman was sworn in Monday as the newest magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, whose last day was Friday.
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Judge in power plant body case once represented suspect

February 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana judge who will preside over the murder trial of a man accused in a killing at a power plant has told attorneys that he once represented the suspect in an unrelated case.
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Judge says Spierer search warrants must remain sealed

February 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge says information regarding search warrants connected to the 2011 disappearance of an Indiana University student need to remain sealed so the investigation won't be compromised.
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Indiana AG sues 3 companies in alleged tax-sale scheme

February 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana is suing three out-of-state companies for allegedly orchestrating a scheme that bilked dozens of state residents out of millions of dollars after their homes were sold in tax sales.
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2 found in contempt for practicing law

February 2, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has fined two attorneys after finding them in contempt for practicing law while one was suspended and after one had resigned from the bar nearly 10 years ago.
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COA: CDL holder cannot enter diversion program for alcohol offenses

February 2, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A man who held a commercial driver’s license and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor drunken-driving offenses cannot participate in a diversion program, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. One judge on the panel had concerns that the law treats CDL holders and those without a CDL differently.
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Former Indy developer going back to prison for a year

February 2, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Former Indianapolis developer Sydney “Jack” Williams avoided legal disaster six years ago when prosecutors concluded he was an unwitting participant in a Miami fraudster’s $930 million Ponzi scheme.
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Cosby's lawyers push to get sexual assault case thrown out

February 2, 2016
 Associated Press
Bill Cosby arrived at court Tuesday to try to get the sexual assault charges against him thrown out because of what his lawyers say was a binding commitment by a previous district attorney not to prosecute him a decade ago.
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LeBron, Kobe tattoos in video games trigger copyright suit

February 2, 2016
 Bloomberg News
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are at the center of an obscure legal battle over a simple question: Can tattoos be copyrighted?
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Indiana man gets 27 months in international spam case

February 2, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana man who helped send millions of illegal spam messages to U.S. and international cellphones and computers has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison by a federal judge in Pennsylvania.
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Tax Court upholds land reclassification over assessor’s objection

February 1, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Tax Court affirmed a final determination by the state Board of Tax Review to reclassify nearly 3 acres of property from excess residential to agricultural, finding enough evidence to support the decision.
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Doctors’ affidavits cannot defeat summary judgment

February 1, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The affidavits submitted as evidence by the treating physicians being sued for medical malpractice were factually inadequate and did not raise a genuine issue of material fact regarding their care of the plaintiff, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Monday.
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Feds seek prison for Indiana man in international spam case

February 1, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh want an Indiana man sent to prison for helping send millions of illegal spam messages to U.S. and international cellphones and computers.
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Indiana Judges Association launches website

February 1, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Judges Association is now online. The organization has created a website with information for judicial officers and the public.
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Cardiologist wins $1.58M wrongful firing judgment

February 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis jury recently awarded a cardiologist fired from St. Vincent Medical Group $1.58 million after a two-week trial on his allegations of wrongful termination, breach of contract, tortious interference and other claims.
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Brief: Pence discriminating against Syrian refugees, posing security risk

February 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is unlawfully discriminating against Syrian refugees based on their national origin, argues a reply brief in a federal lawsuit that also includes statements from bipartisan national security experts who say his bid to suspend their resettlement is contrary to national security interests.
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COA declines to extend civil ruling to PCR case

January 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected an inmate’s request that In re Adoption of O.R. provides him an option for filing a belated notice of appeal.
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Dog sniff during traffic stop did not violate Constitution

January 29, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The time it took for the police pup to arrive and sniff around a vehicle did not unreasonably prolong the traffic stop in violation a driver’s Constitutional rights, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Court split on whether defendant’s actions were proximate cause of injury

January 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals ordered a man’s Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement conviction reduced to a misdemeanor because of a lack of evidence his actions were the proximate cause of the police officer’s injury during a foot chase.
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Attorney general sues ex-Gary employee over fraud scheme

January 29, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit in Lake County against a former city of Gary employee who he says used her former position in the information technology department to defraud the city of nearly $1.4 million.
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Appeals court reduces woman’s restitution order

January 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reduced a woman’s restitution owed to her ex-employer for money she stole over the course of a three-year period. The judges found no connection between additional missing funds and the defendant.
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COA dismisses credit card debt appeal

January 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals dismissed a woman’s appeal of a default judgment entered against her regarding credit card debt because she did not file an Ind. Trial Rule 60(B) motion for relief.
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7th Circuit finds cop’s sentence ‘light,’ orders resentencing

January 28, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A Putnam County police officer convicted of purposefully seriously injuring two people while arresting them will be resentenced after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found his 14-month sentence to be “light” in comparison to similar cases.
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Gary man out of prison after 24 years, convictions vacated

January 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A 47-year-old Gary man has been released after spending 24 years in prison for robbery and murder convictions that were overturned on appeal.
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Supreme Court applicants’ info online; interviews set

January 28, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana state courts Thursday released the applications of the 30 lawyers and judges who want to be the next justice on the Indiana Supreme Court as well as the interview times of the applicants.
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