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Justices uphold Arizona’s system for redistricting

June 29, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers.
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Housing-discrimination lawsuits backed by US Supreme Court

June 25, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The Supreme Court of the United States said people who file housing-discrimination lawsuits don’t have to show they were victims of intentional bias, in a blow to lenders and insurers and a surprise legal victory for the Obama administration.
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SCOTUS upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

June 25, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.
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Zoeller named ‘Attorney General of the Year’

June 22, 2015
IL Staff
The National Association of Attorneys General has given Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller its 2015 Kelley-Wyman Award, also known as the “Attorney General of the Year” award. Zoeller received the honor during its annual conference last week.
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AG sues Indianapolis-based test preparation company

June 22, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general is suing a college test preparation company, alleging it engaged in "unfair and abusive practices" when selling study materials for college equivalency exams.
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Indiana sentencing change delays need for more prison space

June 22, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers' decision to start sending more low-level criminals to community corrections and jails has delayed the state's need for new prison space for at least one year, officials say.
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SCOTUS strikes down raisin program as unconstitutional

June 22, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional.
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Crime victim funding up 500 percent; grant applications open

June 22, 2015
IL Staff
Funding for victims of crime will rise from $8 million last year to $40 million in 2015, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced Monday, opening the first of two cycles of applications for grant funding.
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Justices rule for small Arizona church in sign law dispute

June 18, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Thursday for an Arizona church in a dispute over a town's sign law in a decision that three justices said could threaten municipal sign regulations across the country.
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Confederate flag license plate bid spurned by top US court

June 18, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Texas acted legally when it refused to issue a license plate depicting the Confederate battle flag, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a decision that means dozens of states won’t have to open up their specialty-tag programs.
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California says Uber drivers are employees

June 18, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The California labor commissioner’s ruling that an Uber Technologies Inc. driver must be treated as an employee may have repercussions throughout the on-demand economy.
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Judge slams city with default sanction in wrongful arrest case

June 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
A federal judge threw the gavel at the city of Gary for ignoring court orders to respond to discovery in a social worker’s wrongful arrest suit against the city, Gary Community School Corp, and two Gary police officers who worked for the schools.
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Judge strikes another blow against proposed Illiana Tollway

June 17, 2015
 Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the federal government's approval of the proposed Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and Indiana is invalid.
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Tax on out-of-state earnings may be illegal under SCOTUS ruling

June 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
Thousands of Hoosiers with out-of-state earnings may have paid tens of millions of dollars in illegal tax, but whether litigating the issue will be worthwhile remains a question for experts in tax law, accounting and public policy.
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Immunity laws flourishing in Indiana

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
ITLA task force examines number of protections in the Indiana Code.
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Annexation law gives landowners more clout

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Forty-nine days after the start of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly, many landowners fighting municipalities around the state got what they wanted. But language ending involuntary incorporation was stripped from the bill.
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Ruling on robocalls expected this week

June 15, 2015
IL Staff
After an extended wait, the FCC plans to issue a ruling this week that may put an end to robocalls, scam text messages and telemarketing calls to home phones. Unwanted calls and telephone harassment continue to be the most common complaint received by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, reaching more than 13,000 filed complaints last year.
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Renewed fight expected over Indiana abortion clinic rules

June 11, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana's push to place tougher restrictions on a Lafayette Planned Parenthood clinic that provides abortions only by using drugs, not surgery, could spark a new court fight under a revised law set to take effect in July.
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Tippecanoe County Courthouse dome rusted, needs repairs

June 11, 2015
 Associated Press
Small pieces of metal are falling from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and officials say its dome and pillars need repairs.
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Appeals court tosses suits challenging climate change plan

June 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a pair of high-profile lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's sweeping plan to address climate change, saying it's too early to challenge a proposed rule that isn't yet final.
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Prosecutor offers parents behind on child support amnesty

June 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A northeastern Indiana prosecutor is offering parents who lost driving privileges because they're behind on child support payments a chance to get back behind the wheel.
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Indianapolis City-County Council to sue over $32M electric-car contract

June 9, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council has voted to sue the city as a way to prevent it from implementing a $32 million plan to rent 425 electric cars for its vehicle fleet.
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Court strikes down ‘born in Jerusalem’ passport law

June 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president's authority in foreign affairs.
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US House chops legal aid budget

June 4, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Budget cuts to legal aid funding approved June 3 by the U.S. House of Representatives could mean layoffs and office closures nationwide.
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Developer proposes revised plan for Indy criminal justice center

June 4, 2015
IBJ Staff
The partnership that wants to develop a criminal justice center in Indianapolis has proposed a slightly scaled-down version in hopes of resurrecting the project.
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  1. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  2. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

  3. She must be a great lawyer

  4. Ind. Courts - "Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged" What about Indiana? A story today from Dave Collins of the AP, here published in the Benton Illinois Evening News, begins: Illinois' court system had the third-worst score in the nation among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, according to new rankings. Illinois' "Justice Index" score of 34.5 out of 100, determined by the nonprofit National Center for Access to Justice, is based on how states serve people with disabilities and limited English proficiency, how much free legal help is available and how states help increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court, among other issues. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 and was followed by Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, respectively. Local courts in Washington, D.C., had the highest overall score at 80.9. At the bottom was Oklahoma at 23.7, followed by Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana. ILB: That puts Indiana at 46th worse. More from the story: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Maine had perfect 100 scores in serving people with disabilities, while Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, Missouri and Idaho had the lowest scores. Those rankings were based on issues such as whether interpretation services are offered free to the deaf and hearing-impaired and whether there are laws or rules allowing service animals in courthouses. The index also reviewed how many civil legal aid lawyers were available to provide free legal help. Washington, D.C., had nearly nine civil legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty, the highest rate in the country. Texas had the lowest rate, 0.43 legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty. http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/11/ind_courts_illi_1.html

  5. A very thorough opinion by the federal court. The Rooker-Feldman analysis, in particular, helps clear up muddy water as to the entanglement issue. Looks like the Seventh Circuit is willing to let its district courts cruise much closer to the Indiana Supreme Court's shorelines than most thought likely, at least when the ADA on the docket. Some could argue that this case and Praekel, taken together, paint a rather unflattering picture of how the lower courts are being advised as to their duties under the ADA. A read of the DOJ amicus in Praekel seems to demonstrate a less-than-congenial view toward the higher echelons in the bureaucracy.

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