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Man faces withheld evidence again in lawsuit against Indiana

March 29, 2017
 Associated Press
A man whose 1995 conviction was vacated after serving nearly 16 years in prison is facing evidence issues in a lawsuit he filed against the state of Indiana that were similar to those in his case.
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COA: Allowing removal of prosthetic eye not an abuse of discretion

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
A trial court’s decision to allow a woman to remove her prosthetic eye in the presence of the jury in a battery case was not an abuse of discretion because the relevancy of the demonstration was not outweighed by possible prejudice against the defendant, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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COA affirms drug conviction, sentence

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a southern Indiana man’s drug conviction and sentence after finding that the admission of certain evidence did not violate the man’s constitutional rights.
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Indy judicial selection bill revised: Bar groups out, vote in

March 29, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis voters would elect four of 14 members of a proposed committee to nominate Marion Superior Court judges under a revised bill that eliminates bar group representation on the panel and continues to draw opposition from African-American lawmakers and community members.
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Delinquency findings upheld against student who threatened to bomb school

March 29, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court did not abuse its discretion when it admitted incriminating statements from a 13-year-old who threatened to bomb his school, the Indiana Court of Appeals has found, because the in-school interrogation of the student did not trigger a Miranda warning.
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Indy attorney publicly reprimanded after immigration case

March 29, 2017
IL Staff
An Indianapolis attorney accused of encouraging a client to falsify federal immigration documents has been publicly reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Supreme Court rules man cannot convert felony theft conviction

March 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Lake County man will retain his felony theft conviction after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an amendment to Indiana Code does not invalidate the man’s agreement to not seek misdemeanor treatment.
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Indiana woman gets 12 years for neglect of malnourished teen

March 28, 2017
 Associated Press
An eastern Indiana woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the neglect of her 15-year-old niece who weighed just 40 pounds when she was admitted to a hospital.
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Sales of Polar Pure brings forfeiture dispute to US Supreme Court

March 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Supreme Court of the United States will enter the debate over civil forfeiture Wednesday when the eight justices consider whether the government can seize property from a convicted co-conspirator who did not receive any of the profits from the criminal transactions.
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COA affirms judgment for insurance company in work zone complaint

March 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
Summary judgment was properly awarded to an insurance company that denied a request to defend a construction company in a negligence suit, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday. The judges ruled the terms of the policy only obligated the insurance company after a certain amount of damages had been paid.
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Supreme Court takes multiple evidence admissibility appeals

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to four appeals last week, three of which hinge on admissibility of certain evidence at the trial court.
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COA remands child support case

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court did not err in finding a Marion County father is voluntarily underemployed, yet it failed to consider evidence of the father’s prevailing job opportunities or earnings level, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday.
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High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

March 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is struggling over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.
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Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme

March 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments.
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SCOTUS takes securities-fraud clash involving Indiana pensions

March 27, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case stemming from a New York City contract fraud to clarify investors’ ability to sue companies for omitting information from shareholder reports. Investors led by the Indiana Public Retirement System urged the Supreme Court not to take up the dispute.
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Senate hearing set on Marion County judicial-selection bill

March 27, 2017
IL Staff
A proposal to select Marion Superior judges through a unique merit-selection system will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday.
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Supreme Court issues public reprimand against Johnson County prosecutor

March 27, 2017
IL Staff
A Johnson County prosecutor accused of violating professional rules of conduct through comments reported in the press has been publicly reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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New judge appointed to hear Indiana sheriff's bribery case

March 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff facing bribery and official misconduct charges will have a new judge overseeing his trial.
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Judge says man accused of teacher's killing can't move trial

March 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused of killing a Lafayette art teacher must stand trial for her murder in the northern Indiana city.
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Jury awards $6.1M to brothers injured in Marion crash

March 24, 2017
A judge this week certified what’s believed the largest-ever Grant County jury trial award of damages in a case stemming from a fatal car crash that happened almost eight years ago.
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Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
For years, family members of those killed on Sept. 11 and insurance companies tried unsuccessfully through the courts to hold Saudi Arabia or businesses and organizations there responsible for the terrorist attacks. Now that Congress has cleared the way, they're making a fresh effort.
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Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban.
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Deal reached in Indiana homicide case of body in suitcase

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused of killing an Indiana woman nearly two years ago has entered a guilty plea after striking a deal with prosecutors.
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4th Amendment seizure case goes to Supreme Court

March 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
It was a high-crime area, he was wearing the color associated with a local gang, and police believed he was a juvenile who was truant from school. Given those circumstances, state officials argued before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday that officers were justified in stopping 18-year-old Jordan Jacobs and arresting him after discovering an handgun in his pocket.
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Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Two additional Democrats said Friday that they will vote against U.s. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.
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