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Indiana Bar Foundation gets help in Statehouse

February 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A Barnes & Thornburg lobbyist is advocating for the organization as well as promoting access to justice.
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Lawyers who sought to destroy stored newborn samples vow to keep up fight

February 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana State Department of Health says it holds 2.2 million records on paper and in database regarding the newborn blood samples.
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Senate passes anti-indemnification clause bill

February 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana House of Representatives will soon consider a bill that, if passed, would prohibit attorneys from including malpractice indemnification clauses in their attorney-client agreements.
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Melania Trump says White House could mean millions for brand

February 7, 2017
 Associated Press
First lady Melania Trump has said little about what she intends to do with her prominent position. But in new court documents, her lawyers say that the "multi-year term" during which she "is one of the most photographed women in the world" could mean millions of dollars for her personal brand.
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Hate crime bill advances in Indiana Legislature

February 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislation targeting hate crimes is advancing in Indiana, one of five states without such a law.
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Tax court judge rejects request to compel further discovery

February 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
After previously allowing the deposition of the former commissioner of the Indiana Department of State Revenue, the Indiana Tax Court rejected the University of Phoenix’s requests to compel further discovery, writing that the additional discovery likely would not reveal admissible evidence.
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Panel backs bill for appointing state school chief

February 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana state schools superintendent would no longer be an elected position under a change being considered by lawmakers.
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‘Dreamers’ win may backfire under Trump presidency, judge warns

February 3, 2017
 Bloomberg News
An appeals court judge warned that a victory for millions of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children may unintentionally give President Donald Trump unprecedented authority to force unwilling states to comply with his immigration policies.
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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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Ex-Indiana schools chief Bennett ineligible for county seat

February 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett can't fill a vacant Clark County Council seat because he hasn't lived there long enough.
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GOP leadership: Time for serious discussion on Sunday sales

February 2, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana's legislative leaders say it's time to have a serious discussion on Sunday sales of carryout alcohol — again.
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JRAC presents 2 criminal reform bills to House committee

February 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
As Indiana’s criminal justice system continues to roll out legislatively mandated reforms, members of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council are working with legislators to implement changes that will benefit both law enforcement and offenders.
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Indiana's Hill among attorneys general supporting Gorsuch

February 2, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says he's leading Republican attorneys general from 20 states, including Indiana, in support of President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.
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Virginia joins lawsuit challenging Trump immigration order

February 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order restricting travelers from seven Muslim majority nations from entering the U.S., Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Tuesday.
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Senate committee considers vacating trafficking victims’ convictions

February 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Victims of human trafficking in Indiana could soon have a new mechanism for relief from charges brought against them while they were under the control of a trafficker if a new bill designed to vacate those charges is passed.
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Indiana Senate panel considers adding drone-related crimes

February 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Some Indiana lawmakers concerned that operators with nefarious intentions could turn peeping drones into peeping Toms are pushing to criminalize using the high-tech flying gadgets for voyeurism.
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Fueled by protest, liberals push for blockade of Trump picks

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Democrats are racing to respond to the wave of liberal outrage triggered by President Donald Trump, jumping into protests, organizing rallies and vowing to block more of the new president's nominees — including, possibly, his pick for the Supreme Court.
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State lawmakers discuss expanding screening for teachers

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will help strengthen Indiana’s system for running background checks for teachers.
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Anti-abortion groups hold triumphant rally after Obama years

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The politically ascendant anti-abortion movement gathered Friday for a triumphant rally on the National Mall, rejoicing at the end of an eight-year presidency that participants said was dismissive of their views.
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Legal aid filing fee bill moves to House

January 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would extend the $1 filing fee on civil cases submitted to Indiana state courts has breezed through the Senate and is now headed to the House of Representatives.
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Congressmen write Trump letter about East Chicago lead

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for details related to cleaning up lead contamination in East Chicago.
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Abortion ban bill won't be heard in Indiana House committee

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A key Indiana House panel won’t consider a contentious attempt to ban abortions, its chairman said Thursday, meaning the measure likely is dead this session.
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Exodus refugee group ‘deeply troubled’ by Trump plans

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana organization that successfully blocked former Gov. Mike Pence’s attempted ban on Syrian refuges says it’s “deeply troubled” by President Donald Trump’s plan to do the same across the U.S.
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Indiana mayor weighs ID program aimed at helping immigrants

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana mayor may pursue a plan to begin issuing ID cards to immigrants living in the country without legal permission. Latino community leaders have been urging Goshen officials for months to issue such ID cards.
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Senate to hear bill banning attorney indemnification clauses

January 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prevent attorneys from prohibiting clients from filing legal malpractice claims will soon be heard by the full Indiana Senate.
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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith .. http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2013/09/prof-alan-dershowitz-on-indiana.html

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

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