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Lawsuit: DCS illegally slashes subsidies if special-needs kids adopted

October 30, 2015
Dave Stafford
A lawsuit filed Thursday claims the Indiana Department of Child Services violated federal law when it proposed to slash assistance for three profoundly disabled children after their grandparents who served as foster parents planned to adopt them.
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Court rejects ACLU's request to stop phone record collection

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court in New York has rejected the American Civil Liberties Union's effort to stop bulk collection of its phone records while a more limited collection system is put in place.
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Ohio county settling suit over morgue body mix-up for $165K

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
A county has reached a $165,000 settlement with two families over a body mix-up at a morgue that led to one Indiana man being incorrectly cremated and another man entombed in his place.
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Southern Indiana companies sue New Albany over road changes

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Eight companies are suing New Albany, alleging that changes made last year to a major thoroughfare in the southern Indiana city have made the road narrow and unsafe.
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Federal prosecutors have copies of alleged Fogle recordings

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have copies of audio recordings a Florida woman says she made of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle talking about sexual encounters he had with children and say they took those recordings "into account" before charging Fogle.
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Judge sentences former Owen County auditor to 20 months

October 28, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has sentenced a former western Indiana county auditor to 20 months in prison for embezzling $340,000 in public funds.
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Apple fights DOJ over attempt to unlock seized iPhone

October 28, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. is fighting the U.S. Justice Department’s demand for access to data on an iPhone seized during a drug probe just days after the company’s chief executive officer squared off against the director of National Security Agency over privacy.
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Lawyer: Escort unlikely to talk with NCAA without immunity

October 28, 2015
 Associated Press
The attorney for Katina Powell says his client is unlikely to cooperate with authorities and the National Collegiate Athletic Association unless she receives immunity for her allegations that a former University of Louisville men's basketball staffer hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
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Marion County auditor sues city, BlueIndy over car-sharing contract

October 27, 2015
Hayleigh Colombo
Marion County Auditor Julie Voorhies sued the city of Indianapolis on Monday over its contract with BlueIndy, saying the city illegally paid $6 million to the electric car-sharing service.
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Old hurdles and new haunt the Sept. 11 case at Guantanamo

October 26, 2015
 Associated Press
The latest hearing resolved some lingering issues, but old and new challenges continue to haunt a death penalty case that remains so mired in preliminaries that prosecutors and defense lawyers will no longer even estimate an approximate trial date.
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Expanding smoking ban would hurt casinos, study committee chair says

October 23, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a brief hearing Thursday, members of the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy voted to leave the state’s smoking ban alone.
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Indiana part of lawsuit challenging EPA carbon rule

October 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News, IL Staff
Indiana and 22 other states filed a legal challenge Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule requiring existing power plants to make technological changes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The rule change is expected to unleash a flood of lawsuits from lawyers challenging everything from the timing to the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature climate initiative.
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Case latest example of difficulty in prosecuting insider trading

October 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. dropped insider-trading charges against Michael Steinberg, a former fund manager at SAC Capital Advisors LP who was convicted by a federal jury, in the latest fallout from a major appeals court ruling that made such prosecutions more difficult.
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Preventable medical errors hit new high in Indiana

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
New data released from the Indiana State Department of Health shows that the state has set another record for medical errors.
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Pence decides to pay off federal unemployment loan

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning announced that the state would use about $250 million from Indiana's surplus to finish paying back the federal government for a loan the state took out to pay unemployment benefits during the recession.
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Indiana officer faces 13 felonies including voter fraud

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
A police officer faces 13 felony charges in connection with the 2015 primary election in Ohio County.
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FBI opens hate crime probe in Indiana attack on Muslim woman

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press
The FBI has opened a hate crime investigation into an attack on a Muslim woman in which police say a 19-year-old Indiana University college student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove her headscarf.
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Has it become impossible to prosecute white collar crime?

October 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
For close watchers of the interactions between the Justice Department and the financial industry, the mistrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case was about more than just the fact that a handful of jurors were too overwhelmed by the evidence presented to reach a verdict. The mistrial, after four months in court and 22 days of deliberations, hints at a much deeper problem: Perhaps most financial crime has simply reached a level of such complexity that it's beyond the reach of the law.
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UPS agrees to pay $4M to settle late-delivery probe

October 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Indiana is set to receive a portion of a $4 million settlement with UPS Inc. following allegations that the shipping company overcharged government customers in 14 states.
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Steele: Deal close on medical malpractice reform bill

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
Plaintiff and defense lawyers and state officials are close to an agreement on legislation to reform Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, a key state senator said Tuesday.
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Advisory council approves recommendations for DOC funds

October 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A recommendation to sprinkle $5 million in new state funding across nearly half of Indiana's counties has been unanimously approved by the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council, paving the way to expand treatment and rehabilitation programs to help low-level offenders.
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Study panel recommends opening adoption records

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
A legislative study committee Tuesday recommended opening records to thousands of Hoosiers born before 1994 who cannot access their own birth certificates.
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US prosecutors probing UN have plenty of work, documents show

October 21, 2015
 Bloomberg News
When U.S. federal prosecutors charged a senior United Nations official on Tuesday, it was the Justice Department’s first foray into the activities of the international organization in a number of years. The prosecutor behind the push says there’s more to investigate – and internal UN documents suggest he has a point.
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East Chicago councilman pleads not guilty to murder charge

October 21, 2015
 Associated Press
An East Chicago councilman who's running unopposed in the upcoming election has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
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DCS 'became the abusers'

October 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
A jury has awarded $31.3 million in an "arbitrary and capricious" case against parents in their child's death.
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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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