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Tax Court: Orbitz doesn’t have to pay additional sales, innkeeper’s taxes

December 20, 2016
Olivia Covington
A popular travel and booking website will not have to pay the state more than $200,000 in back taxes after the Indiana Tax Court held that the website is not considered a retail merchant.
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COA upholds battery conviction for altercation outside bar

December 20, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man’s battery conviction Tuesday after finding that he failed to prove any abuse of the Delaware Circuit Court’s discretion.
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3 Pulse families sue social media, alleging aid for IS

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
Families of three patrons killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing Facebook, Google and Twitter, claiming the gunman who killed their loved ones was radicalized through propaganda found through social media.
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Trump University settlement filed for judge's review

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
Lawyers for Donald Trump and former students of his now-defunct Trump University filed an agreement in court to settle lawsuits alleging that the president-elect defrauded them, signaling that a deal announced last month remains on track for a judge's approval next year.
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Pot-legalization group wins injunction against Tippecanoe County rally ban

December 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
A group advocating the legalization of marijuana that was denied permission to hold a rally at the courthouse in Lafayette won an injunction against the county in federal court.
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Lawsuit throws spotlight on chaos surrounding Anderson cardiology practice

December 20, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A cardiologist fired after hospital officials accused him of overcoding and violating medical standards said the grounds for firing were untrue and unfair, and he fought them in court for more than four years. He sued St. Vincent Health for breach of contract and won more than $1.6 million from a jury.
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Roberts denies plea to force Senate action on Garland

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
Chief Justice John Roberts has denied a lawyer's bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
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Trial date set in Vigo County School Corp kickback scheme

December 20, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial date has been set for two former Vigo County School Corp. employees accused in an over-billing kickback scheme that cost the school district over $80,000.
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Regulators, insurers fight release of shadow insurance files

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The insurance industry and its regulators are asking a judge to allow documents detailing "shadow insurance" subsidiaries created by life insurers to remain secret.
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Southern District issues new court security order

December 19, 2016
IL Staff
Individuals going to any federal courthouse in the Southern District of Indiana will be required to comply with updated security procedures.
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Justices remand post-conviction case to COA

December 19, 2016
IL Staff
A man’s post-conviction relief case dismissed by the Court of Appeals was remanded by the Indiana Supreme Court, which found an appendix was timely filed.
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Indiana clerk who refused same-sex marriage license loses lawsuit

December 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
A southern Indiana deputy clerk who was fired after she refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple lost her civil-rights lawsuit against the county clerk. Her suit claimed religious discrimination on the basis of her avowed Christian belief that same-sex marriage is “against God’s law,” which is “above legal law.”
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Poker pro, friend must repay $10.1M to casino

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion must return more than $10 million they won from an Atlantic City casino while playing cards that were arranged in a way to give the players an edge.
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9 charged after toddler found locked inside box

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Authorities in northern Indiana have charged three people with neglect after a 3-year-old girl was found locked inside a wooden box for extended periods of time.
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Lake County sheriff's official pleads guilty to wire fraud

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The second-in-command at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department pleaded guilty to wire fraud Friday in a bribery case in which the sheriff and a tow truck operator also are charged.
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Defendant in Indianapolis house blast to be sentenced

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman who was one of five people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion is set for sentencing.
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Justices find Ohio, Indiana burglary statutes are ‘substantially similar’

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court Friday overturned a lower court’s decision to throw out a man’s serious violent felon charges, writing that statutes governing burglary convictions in Ohio and Indiana are “substantially” similar.
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Justices reaffirm decision after correcting factual error

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has reaffirmed its decision to deny relief to a man convicted of child solicitation after granting a rehearing on that decision to correct a factual error.
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COA affirms ex-wife’s murder conviction, sentence

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of a woman who shot and killed her ex-husband in 2014, finding that her claims of self-defense against domestic abuse were unsubstantiated.
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Lawyer asks Supreme Court to force Senate action on Garland

December 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A lawyer from New Mexico is mounting a longshot challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to order the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
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COA rejects Duke’s claims against proposed Franklin traffic expansion

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
Duke Energy of Indiana cannot prevent the city of Franklin from expanding an east-side intersection, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Friday, allowing the city to move forward with a project designed to beautify the State Road 44 corridor off of Interstate 65.
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COA: Case for relief against INDOT may continue

December 16, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals allowed a local government entity to continue seeking relief against the Indiana Department of Transportation Friday, holding that the local unit of government had standing to seek both injunctive and declaratory relief.
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Kidnapping leader from Detroit gets life in prison

December 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A Detroit man has been sentenced in federal court for leading an Indianapolis kidnapping conspiracy.
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Justices consider ‘reasonable suspicion’ standard in gun tip case

December 15, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday as to whether officers acting on a tip had reasonable suspicion to question and arrest a man in a movie theater lobby for having a gun without a license.
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Yahoo failed to protect consumers from hacking, lawsuit says

December 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Yahoo! Inc. allowed hackers to access personal and confidential information of its users and failed to warn consumers of a cybersecurity breach, a proposed class-action lawsuit claims.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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