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Death row inmate’s habeas petition denied by 7th Circuit

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The man who brutally raped and murdered a teenager in Spencer County in 2001 will continue to sit on death row after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of his petition for habeas corpus relief.
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Man’s sentence for body armor possession upheld

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the sentence for a convicted felon who was found wearing body armor after police pulled him over for traffic violations and fleeing officers.
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Ex-hospital security guard loses race discrimination appeal

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A security guard at a Noblesville hospital was unable to prove to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals his termination after slapping an autistic patient was based on his race.
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Spitting satisfies ‘fighting’ element of disorderly conduct statute

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court Monday found that the term “fighting” in the disorderly conduct statute is ambiguous and only covers physical altercations, but still upheld a man’s conviction based on his spitting on his wife during an argument.
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Breach of contract suit to get new venue

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court should have granted the city of Lawrenceburg’s request to move a breach of contract lawsuit against it filed by Franklin County out of Franklin County, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
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Ohio chief justice on court impacts, roles in drug epidemic

August 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The chief justice of Ohio's supreme court helped bring together experts and officials from nine states, including Indiana, in a regional judicial summit on the opioid drug epidemic, even as an overdose surge sweeping nearby streets showed dramatically the scope of the problem.
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60 teachers to get Supreme Court education

August 26, 2016
IL Staff
Sixty teachers from schools in 35 Indiana counties will take part next week in a court education and history program sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Historical Society. Judges and lawyers nominated the educators earlier this year.
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Woman’s outburst politically ambiguous; disorderly conduct conviction stands

August 26, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan City woman’s disorderly conduct conviction after finding the focus of her speech was politically ambiguous and the state acted rationally in impairing her speech while trying to serve an arrest warrant.
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Alere sues Abbott to force completion of $5.8B deal

August 26, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Alere Inc. sued Abbott Laboratories claiming the medical-device maker failed to get U.S. antitrust clearance for their $5.8 billion merger agreement, potentially scuttling the controversial deal.
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GM wins ignition-switch trial, but legal woes aren’t over

August 26, 2016
 Bloomberg News
General Motors Co.’s victory in a Houston courtroom Thursday makes the carmaker three for three in trials related to an ignition-switch defect, but its legal entanglements may stretch on for years.
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Burkini ban in French beach town reversed by Supreme Court

August 26, 2016
 Bloomberg News
France’s top court struck down a push by local governments to ban the “burkini” from the nation’s beaches, saying the Muslim-style full-body swimming outfits don’t create a public threat that justifies impinging on freedom of religion.
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Monarch affiliate gets big win in effort to sell liquor

August 26, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A Marion County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Monarch Beverage Co. affiliate called Spirited Sales LLC in its quest to gain a permit to wholesale liquor, a win in Monarch’s years-long effort to enter the spirits business.
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7th Circuit tackles ‘moral turpitude’ in immigration case

August 25, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is concerned about the classification of every crime involving deception involving “moral turpitude,” which would prevent some unauthorized immigrants from seeking discretionary cancelation of removal under the law.
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Regulators OK final settlement over controversial Edwardsport plant

August 25, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A bitter, costly fight over who will pay for Duke Energy’s $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant, one of the most expensive projects in Indiana history, is finally over.
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Summit focuses on coordinating efforts to fight drug abuse

August 24, 2016
 Associated Press
State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials huddled Wednesday to discuss ways to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit states.
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Willis takes first administrative lead role in state’s judiciary

August 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Mary Willis is known in the Indiana judiciary for going beyond the day-to-day duties of a trial court judge — a mover and shaker who seemed a natural choice for the newly created position of chief administrative officer for the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Swearing in Slaughter

August 24, 2016
A photo from the Aug. 11 investiture ceremony of Justice Geoffrey Slaughter.
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Workplace harassment endures, evolves

August 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Despite decades of on-the-job training for workers and numerous high-profile lawsuits, harassment by managers and co-workers persists. Though the number of sexual harassment claims has declined in recent years, companies still get hit with thousands of lawsuits alleging harassment of some kind each year.
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7th Circuit opinion highlights confusion over LGBT discrimination protection

August 24, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Within the first nine pages of its opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s ruling that sexual orientation is not protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And there, the panel could have ended its discussion. But the court spotlighted the growing confusion in the courts of when, exactly, sexual orientation crosses the line into gender nonconformity.
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Judge rules in favor of scorned e-liquid manufacturer in vaping case

August 23, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Opponents of Indiana’s controversial vaping law scored a victory Friday when a federal judge ruled in favor of a Florida e-liquid manufacturer that argued the law was unconstitutional.
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No appeal in Indiana woman's overturned feticide conviction

August 23, 2016
 Associated Press
The attorney for an Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned said Tuesday he's pleased the state's attorney general decided not to appeal that ruling and hopes she's freed soon from prison.
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Justices: Refusal to submit to chemical test depends on circumstances of each case

August 23, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court declined to go as far as one Court of Appeals judge did in declaring that “anything short of an unqualified, unequivocal assent to a properly offered chemical test constitutes a refusal.” In affirming the administrative suspension of a woman’s driver’s license, the justices concluded that whether someone refuses to submit to a chemical test depends on the circumstances of each case.
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Promise to pay for broken nose breathes life into estoppel claim

August 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A young woman who suffered a broken nose trying to help law enforcement can have her estoppel claim move forward even though she did not file a timely notice under the Indiana Tort Claims Act.
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Prisoner’s 2241 petition again fails in 7th Circuit

August 23, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A federal prisoner trying to challenge his sentence has again tripped over procedure and lost his second appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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COA advice: Leave affirmation out of jury instructions

August 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man’s convictions of battery and disorderly conduct will stand, but the Indiana Court of Appeals cautioned trial courts that including law enforcement affirmations in jury instructions should not, calling the practice “undesirable and completely avoidable.”
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