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Ransomware attack costing Madison County nearly $200,000

December 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A computer hack demanding a ransom is ending up costing Madison County nearly $200,000.
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Lawmakers push for DNA collection from felony arrestees

December 7, 2016
IL Staff
A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday announced legislation that would require collection of DNA from people arrested for a felony. The proposed legislation will be introduced in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
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Brexit case sees starkly different views of UK constitution

December 6, 2016
 Associated Press
U.K. Supreme Court judges were presented with starkly contrasting views of Britain's largely unwritten constitution Tuesday, as they considered whether government or Parliament has the power to lead the country out of the European Union.
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Some Indiana employers abiding by overtime rule, even though it's in limbo

December 6, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
The Obama administration’s new overtime rule is held up in federal court, but that hasn't stopped some Indiana employers from instituting changes to comply with the law.
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Notre Dame Tax Clinic to receive federal grant

December 5, 2016
IL Staff
The Notre Dame Law School will receive a federal grant to help fund its recently launched tax clinic.
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AG-elect Hill's chief deputy to succeed him as prosecutor

December 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Republicans in northern Indiana's Elkhart County have selected Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill's chief deputy to succeed him as prosecutor.
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Former CIB chiefs try to avoid entanglement in legal fight involving Pacers

December 2, 2016
Indianapolis Business Journal, Anthony Schoettle
Three former presidents of the city’s Capital Improvement Board—Pat Early, Bob Grand and Ann Lathrop—are fighting an effort by attorneys for the IRS to depose them about what they learned about the Indiana Pacers' finances during discussions with the team.
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Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight

December 2, 2016
 Associated Press
Gina Miller is paying the price for going to court. The financial entrepreneur says she has received death threats and racial and sexual abuse since she won a High Court ruling forcing the British government to seek Parliamentary approval before leaving the European Union.
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Tippecanoe County sees increase in felonies with firearms

November 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Tippecanoe County has seen an increase of felonies involving firearms this year with at least 59 people charged in crimes such as battery with a firearm or armed robbery.
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Incoming Indiana attorney general chooses chief deputy

November 28, 2016
 Associated Press
The incoming Indiana attorney general has named a persistent critic of the state's revamped criminal sentencing laws for a top position in the office.
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GOP to pick state attorney general-elect's county successor

November 28, 2016
 Associated Press
Republicans in northern Indiana's Elkhart County are set to select a new county prosecutor who will replace state Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill.
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Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

November 23, 2016
 Associated Press
An Obama administration Justice Department that emphasized the need to be "smart on crime" is being replaced with a Trump presidency that campaigned on being "tough on crime."
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Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

November 23, 2016
 Associated Press
In a blow to the Obama administration's labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.
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House seeks delay in health law appeal pending new president

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The Republican-led House of Representatives is asking the federal appeals court in Washington to delay consideration of a case involving the Obama health care law because Donald Trump has pledged to repeal and replace it when he becomes president.
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Indiana LGBT advocates ask Holcomb to take up civil rights

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
LGBT advocates delivered petitions with more than 5,000 signatures to incoming Indiana governor Eric Holcomb, asking him to support civil rights protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
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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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Indiana lawmakers convene for Organization Day

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are set to return to the Statehouse today to make preparations for the upcoming legislative session.
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Officials: now-legal hunting preserves operating smoothly

November 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana officials say operations are running smoothly at newly licensed fenced-in deer hunting preserves across the state, which lawmakers formally legalized this year.
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Trump names Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general

November 18, 2016
 Bloomberg News
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday selected Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, elevating one of his earliest congressional backers and one of the most conservative U.S. lawmakers to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
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New law creates murkiness on private university police records

November 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court left no doubt that it considered the Notre Dame Police Department exempt from the Access to Public Records Act when it affirmed dismissal of ESPN’s lawsuit seeking records of the department’s interactions with 275 student athletes. But a bill signed into law this year dealing with access to police body cameras could change that.
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Justice Alito rallies conservatives in tribute to Scalia

November 17, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a rallying cry to conservatives Thursday in the wake of newfound strength following Donald Trump's election.
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Conservative Indiana lawmaker proposes state abortion ban

November 17, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana Republican lawmaker says he will propose legislation next year that would effectively ban abortion in the state, despite a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.
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Repairs means no holiday lights on county courthouse dome

November 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Repair work on the county courthouse dome in Lafayette means workers won't be able to string holiday lights this year.
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Trump's path on health care law intersects with a lawsuit

November 16, 2016
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to preserve health insurance coverage even as he pursues repeal of the Obama-era overhaul that provided it to millions of uninsured people.
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Barnes & Thornburg managing partner named to presidential inaugural committee

November 16, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis attorney with ties to Vice-President elect and Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been named to the committee for the 58th presidential inauguration.
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  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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