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Disney IT workers allege discrimination in lawsuit

December 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A group of information technology workers laid off by Walt Disney World says they're the victims of national origin discrimination because they were fired and replaced by contractors from India.
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Defamation suit against community activist dismissed for failure to prove actual malice

December 15, 2016
Olivia Covington
A Lake County judge has dismissed a defamation suit brought against a northern Indiana radio personality and community activist by a police dispatcher, writing that the dispatcher failed to prove that the activist knowingly made false allegations of racial profiling.
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Petition to Supreme Court seeks statewide public defender system

December 15, 2016
Dave Stafford
Advocates for reforming Indiana’s patchwork approach to public defense for indigent Hoosiers announced they have petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court for a statewide system to remedy what they describe as an unfair, unequal and underfunded system.<
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Federal grand jury indicts 2 former Vigo school officials

December 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal grand jury indicted two former western Indiana school officials Wednesday on wire fraud and other charges for allegedly embezzling more than $80,000 through a kickback scheme with a contractor.
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US Supreme Court to hear appeal by Carmel firm over IP lawsuits

December 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider putting sharp new limits on where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed, accepting a case that may undercut patent owners’ ability to channel cases to favorable courts.
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Anthem-Cigna merger goes to judge for ruling that could end deal

December 14, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The first phase of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit to halt Anthem Inc.’s planned takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp. is in the hands of a federal judge after the government wrapped up its arguments Tuesday that the deal would harm competition in the national insurance market.
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Chief justice makes case for court technology, other additional funding

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush made her case to the State Budget Committee Tuesday for additional funding in the coming fiscal years for court technology, telling committee members that the additional investment in technology now would pay off for the state down the road.
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Order for parents to pay grad school costs reversed

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Parents who were ordered in a divorce decree to pay their child's costs of graduate school won’t have to after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled the trial court abused its discretion in so ordering.
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GM appeals ignition-switch ruling to Supreme Court

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
General Motors Co. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that held it responsible for ignition-switch injuries and deaths that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.
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RV plant-closing lawsuit proceeds

December 14, 2016
IL Staff
Workers at a northern Indiana recreational vehicle plant that closed in June may proceed with a lawsuit alleging company management failed to notify workers about the closing as federal law requires.
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Indiana judge gives father 40 years in 5-year-old's death

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana judge has sentenced a 35-year-old man to 40 years in prison for the death of his 5-year-old son who was found bound and beaten.
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Magnus-Stinson takes helm as chief of Indiana’s Southern District

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
When Jane Magnus-Stinson isn’t presiding over cases in one of the busiest federal district courts in the nation, she seems to be just as busy. And her workload just increased. On Nov. 23, Magnus-Stinson began her seven-year appointment as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Justices consider cellphone data in 4th Amendment case

December 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
Is the act of turning on a cellphone a voluntary agreement to share that data, or do consumers have a right to privacy of the location information collected from their personal devices? The justices of the Indiana Supreme Court heard legal arguments on both sides of that issue during oral arguments in a case on Dec. 8.
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Asian-American band fights trademark law's disparagement standard before SCOTUS

December 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Any rock band worth its volume is anti-establishment. However, a Chinatown dance rock ensemble is kicking up the volume by actively fighting the status quo and, as a result, could topple a key section of a 70-year-old trademark registration statute and possibly the entire U.S. trademark system.
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Federal lawsuit victor puts the ‘pro’ in pro se

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
An ex-teacher who won a $203,840 due process jury award in his lawsuit over his termination speaks out.
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COA keeps man’s name on sex offender registry

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
A man who has been convicted of multiple sex offenses must keep his name on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry for now after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday that he had failed to present a proper petition to keep his name off of the registry.
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ACLU challenges Clarksville yard-inspection ordinance

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
A Clarksville resident is suing the southern Indiana town for entering her yard without her permission or warrant, an action she says violates her Fourth Amendment rights.
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Drug dealer’s convictions upheld after ‘exceptionally weak’ arguments

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Monday a convicted drug dealer’s appeal of his drug conspiracy and firearm convictions and related sentence, calling his numerous arguments for reversal “exceptionally weak.”
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Cosby quips to security, ‘Don't tase me, bro’ before court

December 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Bill Cosby greeted security officers in Norristown, Pennsylvania with a joke Tuesday morning before a hearing in his sexual assault case, quipping, "Don't tase me bro" as they wanded him on his way into a suburban Philadelphia courtroom.
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Court rejects Illinois-Indiana gunrunner’s Facebook argument

December 13, 2016
 Associated Press
An appeals court in Chicago has reaffirmed that your Facebook posting can potentially be used against you in court.
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Hogsett unveils vision for jail, criminal justice reform

December 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett outlined his vision Monday — one he called “bold in its concept and immense in its scope” — for a new jail and a reformed criminal justice system that would prioritize mental health and addiction treatment for non-violent offenders.
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COA: Man’s sex-offender probation conditions 'overly broad'

December 12, 2016
Olivia Covington
Although a Boone County man waived his right to object to the delay of the imposition of the sex-offender conditions of his probation, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday that a handful of those convictions were erroneously imposed.
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Adams Co. judge not required to recuse himself from case involving former client

December 12, 2016
Olivia Covington
An Adams County judge who presided over a case in which the defendant was his former legal client was not required to recuse himself, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday.
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High court won't hear challenge to internet sales tax law

December 12, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States won't hear a challenge to a Colorado law that requires out-of-state internet retailers to tell customers how much they owe in state sales taxes.
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Child molester’s failure to register conviction vacated

December 12, 2016
Olivia Covington
A convicted child molester will not also have a conviction of failure to register as a sex offender after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday that his arrest was premature.
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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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