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Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

April 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices Monday over President Barack Obama's immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.
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NFL's $765M concussion accord upheld by appeals court

April 18, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement may not be perfect, but it’s fair, a federal appeals court said.
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Justices extend ruling on repeat offenders' prison terms

April 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has extended its year-old ruling that makes people convicted of repeated violent crimes eligible for reduced prison terms.
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Judge affirms 14-month sentence for ex-Putnam County deputy

April 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge has affirmed his original sentencing decision for a former central Indiana sheriff's deputy convicted of civil rights violations.
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Florida artist suing Wine & Canvas for second time

April 15, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
A Florida artist again is suing the Indianapolis-based Wine & Canvas chain, claiming its owners infringed upon the copyrights of her paintings by using them at the chain's painting parties without her permission.
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84-year sentence given in Indianapolis teen's brutal death

April 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A man convicted of killing a 15-year-old girl whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis backyard was sentenced Friday to 84 years in prison.
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Grand jury clears 2 officers in fatal shooting of naked man

April 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A grand jury in southeastern Indiana has cleared two sheriff's deputies involved in a deadly shooting of an unarmed naked man who charged at them.
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COA: Man entitled to refund after property reclaimed

April 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a Vanderburgh Superior trial court Friday, ruling a man can claim a refund after the property he bought at a tax sale was reclaimed by the owner due to a clerical error.
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7th Circuit: Prison honor program does not discriminate

April 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of an Indiana prisoner’s claim that he wasn’t being provided equal protection compared to prisoners who are in an inmate “honor program” because he failed to state a claim.
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Judge accepts 3rd plea deal in Granger party overdose case

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A South Bend judge has accepted a third plea agreement for a teenager accused of bringing drugs to a party that two brothers attended before dying of overdoses.
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Conour victims ask 7th Circuit for fees awarded to creditor

April 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared sympathetic to victims of former attorney William Conour during oral arguments Wednesday over legal fees that a District Court judge ordered paid to a Conour creditor rather than to defrauded clients who were shut out of the case.
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Telamon suffers new setback in $5M insurance lawsuit

April 14, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
A judge has dismissed the final count in a lawsuit that Carmel-based Telamon Corp. filed against its insurers in an effort to recoup more than $5 million in losses caused by a former employee’s thievery.
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COA: Fees can be charged in case without indigency hearing

April 14, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said an indigency hearing is not required before determining fees in a court case, though it should be conducted at some point, in a case where a man was charged more than $1,000 in court fees without a hearing. It also said the court cannot impose requirements that he maintain a “C” average in his school and have full-time employment.
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Maine senator restates support of hearings for Garland

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Maine Sen. Angus King says he is “more convinced than ever” that the Senate should hold nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
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Judge gives Texas ‘affluenza’ teen nearly 2 years in jail

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday ordered a teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck to serve nearly two years in jail, a surprising sanction that far exceeds the several months in jail that prosecutors initially said they would pursue.
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Judge clears ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright case for trial

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.
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COA: Venue convenience does not trump precedence

April 13, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said convenience does not trump precedence and reversed and remanded a transfer of venue that would have taken an auto insurance complaint from Marion to Johnson County.
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Peabody, largest US coal miner, files for bankruptcy

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.
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Justices: Custody petition permitted during CHINS case

April 13, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court reversed a trial court, ruling an aunt and uncle could bring a custody action despite a child in need of services case that was pending for the child in Posey Circuit Court.
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Supreme Court upholds man’s death sentence

April 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed a man’s death sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to brutally murdering a woman.
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E-filing pleadings to be mandatory July 1

April 12, 2016
After deciding last week all appellate pleadings and motions would be available online at mycase.in.gov within the next 60 days, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Tuesday electronic filing of all pleadings to pending cases will become mandatory for all attorneys in Indiana appellate courts as well as Hamilton County Circuit and Superior Courts July 1.
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Justices affirm domestic violence determination

April 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court sided with the trial court and overturned a Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday, finding a man’s domestic violence determination did not violate his Sixth Amendment right to trial by jury, and the evidence was sufficient to affirm his conviction.
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US Supreme Court to swear in large group of deaf lawyers

April 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Mobile phones ordinarily are strictly forbidden in the marble courtroom of the nation's highest court, but the justices are making an exception next week when roughly a dozen deaf and hard-of-hearing lawyers will be admitted to the Supreme Court bar.
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Senate Judiciary chair Grassley has breakfast with Garland

April 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley had breakfast Tuesday with the man whose elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court he has vowed to block and told him the Senate won't advance his nomination "during this hyper-partisan election year," the lawmaker's office said.
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7th Circuit: 4th, 6th Amendment rights not violated in gun case

April 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said a firearm discovered by police was not the product of an illegal seizure and affirmed the denial of a man’s motion to suppress it. The court also held the statement he gave to police did not violate his Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
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