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Monroe County drug court wins award

January 12, 2010
IL Staff
The Monroe County Drug Treatment Court recently received a national award for its efforts to foster community transformation by reducing drug addiction and crime.
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Justices take case of dismissed drug charges

January 8, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether a trial court was correct when it sua sponte decided to exclude evidence from a warrantless search of a defendant's car and dismiss the drug charges against the man based on that search.
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Man accuses public defenders of malpractice

January 8, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
An accused child molester who sat in jail for 2 1/2 years until his case was dismissed is suing his former public defenders for legal malpractice.
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Justices overturn man's registration requirement

January 7, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A Grant Superior judge erred in sentencing a man to register as a sex offender because that requirement wasn't in place at the time he committed his crime, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled.
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Suit claims courthouse violates ADA

January 7, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
Four defendants in cases pending before the St. Joseph Superior Court have filed a lawsuit claiming that county's courthouse is inaccessible for people with disabilities
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CHINS finding establishes only status of child

January 6, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A finding that a child is in need of services only establishes the status of the child and means the child is a CHINS even if one parent isn't involved in the reasons for the determination, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled today
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Federal case challenges policies of Marion County Traffic Court

January 6, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A new lawsuit against Marion County's Traffic Court has implications for how all state-level judges handle fines for citations and violations, and raises questions about whether a part of the judicial system in Indiana's largest county operates fairly and openly.
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Parents, child service provider group sue DCS over subsidies

January 6, 2010
Michael Hoskins
In a one-two punch, a pair of lawsuits filed a week apart in December hit the Indiana Department of Child Services square in the gut over how the agency planned to reduce payment rates for foster and adoptive parents and juvenile service providers.
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Moving a law library, maintaining accessibility

January 6, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
What could have been a tragic end to a law library in central Indiana at the end of 2009 will be a new beginning in 2010.
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Newspapers join fight to unseal Durham records

January 5, 2010
The Indianapolis Business Journal and The Wall Street Journal have joined the legal fight to unseal search-warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. The IBJ is a sister publication of Indiana Lawyer.
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Harrison County joins Odyssey

January 5, 2010
IL Staff
Harrison County is the latest county to be added to the Indiana Supreme Court Odyssey Case Management System. The Harrison Circuit and Superior Courts and clerk's office joined the system online Monday.
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Judge: Reformatted tax appeal untimely

January 5, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
Even though a couple had originally filed their tax appeal within the 45-day deadline, the Indiana Tax Court still dismissed their appeal because their reformatted documents and notice of intent to appeal weren't filed until after the deadline.
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Silent settlement doesn't include fees, costs

January 4, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A federal judge rejected a northern Indiana sheriff's argument that a settlement agreement in a civil rights case includes attorney's fees and costs when the agreement doesn't say anything on the issue.
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Many rule changes effective Jan. 1

January 4, 2010
IL Staff
The new year has brought several amendments to Indiana Rules of Court that took effect Jan. 1, 2010.
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Superior judge steps aside because of illness

January 1, 2010
Michael Hoskins
A Grant County judge's illness has forced him from the bench temporarily, and the Indiana Supreme Court has appointed a deputy prosecutor from Marion as judge pro tempore.Grant Superior 2 Judge Randall Lee Johnson filed a petition earlier this week that notified the state's highest court that he was unable to perform Superior Court 2 duties because of illness. While details of his illness aren't outlined by the Supreme Court, Judge Johnson has been experiencing health problems for more than...
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Retired Huntington County judge dies

January 1, 2010
IL Staff
Retired Huntington Circuit Judge Mark A. McIntosh died Feb. 20 in Fort Wayne. Judge McIntosh, 76, served on the Huntington Circuit Court for 22 years before retiring in 2007. Before he became a judge, he worked in private practice. Prior to attending law school, he taught social studies and coached junior varsity basketball at Kendallville High School after he graduated from Michigan State University. He graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1962 and was admitted to the bar...
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Judge denies summary judgment for law firm

January 1, 2010
Jennifer Nelson
A federal judge has denied summary judgment for an Indianapolis law firm accused of failing to comply with court-ordered fee processes and charging more than necessary for its work as a receiver. U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney denied Riley Bennett Egloff's motion for summary judgment Friday in Neil Lucas, individually and on behalf of Phonebillit, Inc., as shareholder v. Riley Bennett Egloff, No. 1:07-CV-534. Neil Lucas filed his suit in 2007 accusing the firm of having a conflict of...
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Judges uphold contingent fees award

December 30, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The contingent fee contract a law firm entered into with a city regarding a sewer fee dispute, which ultimately led to the firm collecting nearly 10 times more than the city anticipated, was valid and reasonable, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed today.
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Company filed suit within applicable limitations

December 30, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A construction company's attempt to cast itself in the same class of professionals as attorneys or architects was rejected by the Indiana Court of Appeals today. The appellate court upheld on interlocutory appeal the denial of the company's motion for summary judgment in a breach of contract complaint.
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COA: Firefighter's e-mail didn't harm department

December 22, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A firefighter shouldn't have been fired for his e-mail commenting on the financial situation of the township's fire department because the e-mail didn't impact the effectiveness of the department, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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Marion Superior Law Library changes Dec. 31

December 22, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
The Marion Superior Court Law Library at the City-County Building will officially close Dec. 31, but in early 2010 the reference materials from that library will be relocated to the Central Library branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in downtown Indianapolis.
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Justices split on transfer of noncompete case

December 21, 2009
Michael Hoskins
Two Indiana Supreme Court justices disagreed with their colleagues in not accepting an appeal, finding that a ruling from the state's intermediate appellate court muddled caselaw on medical business and noncompete agreements, and significantly jeopardizes the public's access to medical care.
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Supreme Court rules on police traffic stops

December 21, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court has held that police don't have to verify whether the description of someone driving a vehicle matches the physical description of the registered owner obtained from a license plate check.
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High court to hear challenge to tests admittance

December 21, 2009
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to take the case of a man charged with drunk driving who challenges the admittance of two tests used to prove his intoxication.
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City violated constitution in denying refunds

December 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The city of Indianapolis' refusal to grant some homeowners' requests for a partial refund of Barrett Law assessments violated the Equal Protection Clause, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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