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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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Pacers’ legal tenacity on display in IRS fight

July 11, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
The legal fallout stemming from Melvin Simon’s decision to unload his half of the Indiana Pacers to his brother Herb just a few months before his September 2009 death is getting crazier by the day.
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Delays mount at State Department for Clinton records

July 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Just five months before the presidential election, the State Department is under fire in courtrooms over its delays in turning over government files related to Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.
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US health fraud stings net 301 people this year, most ever

June 22, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. charged 301 people this year in a series of medical fraud sting operations, the most ever, for allegedly running scams that bilked the government out of $900 million.
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Court upholds net neutrality rules on equal internet access

June 14, 2016
 Associated Press
In a big win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.
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Michigan governor halts internal Flint probes after prosecutors object

May 26, 2016
 Associated Press
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday called for an end to civil and administrative investigations into how two state agencies contributed to Flint's lead-tainted drinking water crisis, after being warned they are hampering state and federal criminal probes.
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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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