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Black History Month CLE features relationship between Madam CJ Walker, her attorney

February 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
As Sarah Breedlove – better known to the public as Madam C.J. Walker, one of the nation’s first female, black, self-made millionaires – built up her line of haircare products at her Indianapolis factory in the early 20th century, there was always one person by her side to ensure that the I’s of her business were dotted and the T’s were crossed – her attorney, Freeman B. Ransom.  
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Supreme Court upholds disclosure requirement for issue ads

February 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that forces groups to say who is paying for issue advertising directed at candidates in an approaching election.
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Delphi girls’ killing investigators get bigger headquarters

February 27, 2017
 Associated Press
Investigators in Delphi have moved to a larger headquarters as they work on finding who killed two teenage girls near a northern Indiana hiking trail.
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60-year sentence for abduction, slaying of Indiana toddler

February 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-month-old girl was sentenced Monday to 60 years in prison after a judge accepted his plea agreement.
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COA affirms dismissal of PCR petition

February 24, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A man challenging his guilty plea on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel did not present any evidence to support his allegations, so the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed summary disposition of his petition for post-conviction relief.
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Acupuncture clinic fails to prove point before COA

February 24, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
An employee at an Indiana acupuncture and yoga facility who was repeated screamed at by the owner had good cause for quitting and is thus entitled to unemployment benefits, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Friday.
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Judges divided on retrial for voluntary manslaughter

February 24, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a man’s conviction of voluntary manslaughter, which the state chose to charge him with after he shot and killed his brother-in-law in what he claimed was self-defense.
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Toddler’s testimony supports adjudication as a delinquent

February 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Despite the three-year-old’s questionable testimony at a hearing, the Court of Appeals affirmed her stepbrother’s adjudication as a delinquent child because she never wavered when recounting the molestation.
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COA affirms sentence for man who violated drug court rules

February 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A man who repeatedly violated the rules and regulations of a drug court program failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals his ensuing advisory nine-year sentence was inappropriate.
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Judges reverse resisting law enforcement conviction

February 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned a man’s resisting law enforcement conviction after finding that the police officer’s actions justified the man’s resistance.
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COA affirms denial of motion to suppress traffic stop evidence

February 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Lawrence County woman cannot appeal the trial court’s denial of her motion to suppress drug evidence obtained during a traffic stop because the officers who stopped her had a reasonable suspicion to do so.
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COA reverses judgment in favor of law firm in legal malpractice case

February 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
A legal malpractice case against a northern Indiana law firm will proceed after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday that there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the litigant’s original negligence claim would have succeeded but for the firm’s negligence.
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COA orders return of bond balance

February 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Fayette Circuit Court decision to hold the balance of a man’s bond in trust after finding that Indiana law prohibits courts from holding bonds in trust for public defender fees not yet incurred.
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COA rules aggravating factors support consecutive sentences

February 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A man who tried multiple times to get his sentence overturn was unsuccessful when the Indiana Court of Appeals found the precedent he was relying on was materially different from his situation.
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Supreme Court could decide transgender case. Or not.

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys' bathroom and the Virginia school board that won't let him still want the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use.
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Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is praising the media at a time when the Trump administration has accused reporters of being dishonest and delivering "fake news."<
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4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge entered not guilty pleas Thursday on behalf of four people charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old western Indiana boy with cerebral palsy.
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Attorneys of man accused of eating girlfriend say he's not competent for trial

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014 say he's not competent to stand trial.
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Justices question meaning of EBITDA in HHGregg manager bonus case

February 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a key member of HHGregg’s leadership team died in 2012, his $40 million life insurance policy was paid out to the company and brought that year’s total earnings to $143.5 million. Now, senior managers on the HHGregg team say they should receive bonuses based on the total 2012 earnings, claiming that the life insurance policy propelled the company to an earnings level that warranted extra compensation for their work.
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Trump's immigration crackdown likely to bring lawsuit flood

February 23, 2017
 Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.
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Supreme Court hears Spirited Sales liquor wholesaling case

February 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The fate of Spirited Sales LLC’s liquor wholesaling license is in the hands of the Indiana Supreme Court as the justices consider whether allowing the company to keep its permit would enable its parent company, Monarch Beverage Co., to gain an unlawful monopoly in the alcohol wholesaling business.
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High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws.
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Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog — a goldendoodle named Wonder — to class.
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Indiana Senate panel advances restrictive abortion bill

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana abortion bill meant to strengthen parental rights would require notifying parents when a daughter under the age of 18 pursues legal action to obtain an abortion without their consent.
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COA: Theories presented to trial court in med-mal cases were presented to review panels

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
After finding that evidence of disputed medical malpractice theories in two cases were presented to the medical review panels in each, Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment in favor of a health care provider in one case but is allowing the provider in the other to present evidence related to a subsequent malpractice theory against him.
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  1. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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