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Justices reject appeal of tea party groups over IRS review

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday won Senate confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency he repeatedly sued to rein in its reach during the Obama administration.
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Trump names law school dean as new choice to become labor secretary

February 16, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Thursday announced law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his new labor secretary nominee, one day after his original pick abruptly withdrew from consideration.
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Donnelly to vote against Trump AG nominee Sessions

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he will vote against Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general.
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Indiana pain medicine doctor faces 55 felony charges

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana doctor faces 55 felony charges after federal investigators say he traded pills for work on his farm among other accusations.
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Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey

January 13, 2017
 Associated Press
FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocol in the email server case.
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Trump selects former Sen. Coats for top intelligence post

January 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a role that would thrust him into the center of the intelligence community that Trump has publicly challenged, a person with knowledge of the decision said Thursday.
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DOE details Charlotte School of Law’s troubles

December 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In explaining its decision to boot Charlotte School of Law from the federal student financial aid program, the U.S. Department of Education provided a rare inside look at how the American Bar Association evaluated and ultimately placed the institution on probation.
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US Supreme Court weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants

November 30, 2016
 Associated Press
A seemingly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday tried to figure out whether the government can detain immigrants indefinitely without providing hearings in which they could argue for their release.
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Conway: Trump uninterested in further Clinton probe

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” further investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email practices, a top adviser said Tuesday, a turnaround from campaign rallies when Trump roused supporters to chants of “lock her up.”
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Catholic bishops ask Trump for humane immigration policies

November 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, meeting in Baltimore just days after Donald Trump was elected president, urged him Monday to adopt humane policies toward immigrants and refugees.
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FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims up 67 percent in 2015

November 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The FBI says the number of hate crimes reported to police increased by about 6.7 percent last year, led largely by a 67 percent surge in crimes against Muslims.
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Justices raise doubts about temporary presidential picks

November 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is raising doubts about the temporary appointment of a former labor official in a case that could limit the president’s power to fill top government posts.
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Janet Reno, former US attorney general, dies at 78

November 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Shy and admittedly awkward, Janet Reno became a blunt-spoken prosecutor and the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, yet she also was the epicenter of a relentless series of political storms, from the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, to the seizure of 5-year-old Cuban immigrant Elian Gonzalez. She died early Monday at 78.
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Appeals court: Consumer watchdog structure unconstitutional

October 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that the structure of a U.S. consumer watchdog agency is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to a single agency director.
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St. Vincent loses court battle over $15 million hospital loan

September 30, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
St. Vincent Health has lost a two-year battle over whether it can be reimbursed by Medicare for interest expenses on a $15 million loan it took out to build a new hospital in eastern Indiana.
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More Hillary Clinton emails to be released by State Department

September 23, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The State Department told a federal judge Friday it found 5,600 work-related e-mails from a disk of deleted messages recovered from the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, raising the possibility of further disclosures on a subject that has dogged the Democrat’s presidential bid.
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Zoeller adds Indiana to states’ challenge of new federal overtime rule

September 20, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has added Indiana to a list of 20 other states challenging a new federal overtime rule.
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Order: Strip searches violate religious rights of ‘American Taliban’

September 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has ruled strip searches prior to non-contact visits are a violation of the religious rights of Yahya (John Walker) Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban” who’s housed in the federal prison at Terre Haute. The judge also chided federal authorities who ignored Supreme Court precedent that was on point in the case.
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FAA forecast: 600,000 commercial drones within the year

August 30, 2016
 Associated Press
There will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration estimate.
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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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Judge rejects Durham’s bid to dismiss SEC civil suit

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Ponzi scheme operator Tim Durham has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss the government’s civil action against him and other convicted accomplices.
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Treasury corporate-debt rules exceed authority, tax lawyers say

July 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Treasury Department exceeded its authority by proposing wide-ranging regulations intended to curb corporations’ ability to shift their American earnings overseas, tax lawyers told agency officials during a hearing.
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Indy property management group accused of discriminating against families

July 13, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Fair housing advocates have filed a complaint with the federal government against Indianapolis-based property management group AMP Residential, alleging the group has “engaged in systemic discrimination against families with children.”
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Worker health, company headache

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
New EEOC regulations add to the milieu of rules governing company wellness programs.
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  1. I enrolled America's 1st tax-free Health Savings Account (HSA) so you can trust me. I bet 1/3 of my clients were lawyers because they love tax-free deposits, growth and withdrawals or total tax freedom. Most of the time (always) these clients are uninformed about insurance law. Employer-based health insurance is simple if you read the policy. It says, Employers (lawyers) and employees who are working 30-hours-per-week are ELIGIBLE for insurance. Then I show the lawyer the TERMINATION clause which states: When you are no longer ELIGIBLE! Then I ask a closing question (sales term) to the lawyer which is, "If you have a stroke or cancer and become too sick to work can you keep your health insurance?" If the lawyer had dependent children they needed a "Dependent Conversion Privilege" in case their child got sick or hurt which the lawyers never had. Lawyers are pretty easy sales. Save premium, eliminate taxes and build wealth!

  2. Ok, so cheap laughs made about the Christian Right. hardiharhar ... All kidding aside, it is Mohammad's followers who you should be seeking divine protection from. Allahu Akbar But progressives are in denial about that, even as Europe crumbles.

  3. Father's rights? What about a mothers rights? A child's rights? Taking a child from the custody of the mother for political reasons! A miscarriage of justice! What about the welfare of the child? Has anyone considered parent alienation, the father can't erase the mother from the child's life. This child loves the mother and the home in Wisconsin, friends, school and family. It is apparent the father hates his ex-wife more than he loves his child! I hope there will be a Guardian Ad Litem, who will spend time with and get to know the child, BEFORE being brainwashed by the father. This is not just a child! A little person with rights and real needs, a stable home and a parent that cares enough to let this child at least finish the school year, where she is happy and comfortable! Where is the justice?

  4. "The commission will review applications and interview qualified candidates in March and April." Riiiiiight. Would that be the same vaulted process that brought us this result done by "qualified candidates"? http://www.theindianalawyer.com/justices-deny-transfer-to-child-custody-case/PARAMS/article/42774 Perhaps a lottery system more like the draft would be better? And let us not limit it to Indiana attorneys so as to give the untainted a fighting chance?

  5. Steal a little, and they put you in jail. Steal a lot, and they make you king. Bob Dylan ala Samuel Johnson. I had a very similar experience trying to hold due process trampling bureaucrats responsible under the law. Consider this quote and commentary:"'When the president does it, that means it is not illegal,' [Richard] Nixon told his interviewer. Those words were largely seen by the American public -- which continued to hold the ex-president in low esteem -- as a symbol of his unbowed arrogance. Most citizens still wanted to believe that no American citizen, not even the president, is above the law." BWHaahaaahaaa!!!! http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/When-the-president-does-it-that-means-it-is-not-illegal.html

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