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Pipe bomb targets judge’s home in southeastern Indiana

March 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Police say a second pipe bomb in less than two weeks has exploded in the southeastern Indiana city of Madison, and they think the criminal justice system is being targeted.
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Indiana Supreme Court hears lawmaker email case

March 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Lawyers for an open government group told the Indiana Supreme Court that lawmakers should be required to comply with the state's public records act.
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Indiana gay rights groups say history is on their side

March 16, 2016
Indiana LGBT rights activists said Tuesday that history is on their side and they will continue pressing for statewide civil rights protections for gender identity and sexual orientation despite lawmakers' unwillingness to act during the recently adjourned legislative session.
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Kokomo council votes to approve LGBT protections

March 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Kokomo's Common Council has voted to approve a measure banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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IBM case still pending as Indiana court awaits new justice

March 15, 2016
 Associated Press
The upcoming retirement of one of Indiana's Supreme Court justices has legal observers speculating on when the court might rule in a long-running dispute over IBM Corp.'s failed attempt to privatize Indiana's welfare services.
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Regulations coming for lawsuit funding industry

March 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In the final hours of the 2016 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly arrived at a compromise which, for the first time, will regulate companies that fund plaintiffs in civil lawsuits in Indiana.
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Democrats won't challenge Young's candidacy in court

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Time is dwindling for opponents of U.S. Rep. Todd Young to challenge in court a deadlocked decision last month by the Indiana Election Commission that keeps Young on the ballot for U.S. Senate.
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GOP launches campaign to oppose Obama Supreme Court pick

March 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The Republican Party is launching a campaign to try to derail President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, teaming up with a conservative opposition research group to target vulnerable Democrats and impugn whomever Obama picks.
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Lawmakers punt Marion County judge-selection bill to next year

March 11, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indiana lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement on how to select Marion County Superior Court judges by the end of the legislative session on Thursday night and punted the decision until next year.
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Lawmakers pass police video bill

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana law enforcement agencies will get the right to withhold all body and dash cam video recordings from the public under a bill that's now headed to the governor's desk.
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Pharmacist discretion bill heads to governor's desk

March 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A bill to allow pharmacists to serve as gatekeepers for cold medicines that contain the common methamphetamine ingredient pseudoephedrine is on its way to the Gov. Mike Pence for consideration.
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Failing to deliver car titles brings lawsuits from attorney general

March 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Four out-of-business auto dealerships and their owners are the target of lawsuits filed by the Indiana attorney general for violating the state’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.
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Clinton emails: GOP sues, senators press attorney general

March 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Republican senators pressed for more information Wednesday about an FBI investigation into the potential mishandling of sensitive information that passed through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, and their party sued for copies of the messages.
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Senate votes to raise medical malpractice payment cap

March 9, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Medical malpractices victims may be able to receive more money now that the Indiana Senate has passed a proposal to increase the compensation cap for the first time in nearly 18 years.
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Park Tudor scandal reignites debate about lawyers reporting child abuse

March 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Charges that former Park Tudor basketball coach and teacher Kyle Cox attempted to coerce and entice a 15-year-old student into a sexual relationship — and an attorney’s alleged actions after learning of the accusations — have refocused attention on a 2015 advisory ethics opinion that largely exempts lawyers from a law that requires reporting suspected child abuse.
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Indiana and other states choking on EPA’s new Clean Power Plan

March 9, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by imposing caps on states regarding carbon dioxide emissions, has incited a backlash that began before the rule was even published in the Federal Register. A coalition of states, including Indiana, is seeking review of the plan in federal court, claiming the rule exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency's statutory authority.
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‘No more stringent’ restrained

March 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Manufacturers, agriculture and other big Hoosier industries pegged House Bill 1082 at the top of their legislative agenda this year. So did about 20 environmental, health and public-interest groups that opposed the measure barring Indiana from adopting environmental regulations tougher than federal standards.
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Mother of severely malnourished twins reaches plea deal

March 8, 2016
 Associated Press
An Anderson woman who allowed her 2-year-old twins to become so malnourished they couldn't walk, crawl or talk has agreed to plead guilty to child neglect charges.
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Marion County Bar Association opposes judicial selection bill

March 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawmakers are working to craft an 11th-hour agreement on how judges should be chosen in Marion County after they were unable to reach a compromise Monday. Meanwhile, Indianapolis’ historically black bar association called for direct election of judges instead of a proposed merit-selection system.
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Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

March 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
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Private college records exemption heads to governor's desk

March 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Private college police departments won't have to follow the same rules for crime reporting as public police departments under a bill that's now on its way to the governor's desk.
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Vandalism at Islamic facility now a hate-crime investigation

March 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal authorities are investigating an act of vandalism at the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America near Indianapolis as a possible hate crime.
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Indiana House OKs measure to replace jailed councilman

March 4, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow East Chicago officials to temporarily replace a jailed councilman without removing him from office.
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Apple supporters weigh in, from big tech to a terror victim

March 3, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. drew support for its fight with the government over a terrorist’s iPhone from digital-rights groups, a United Nations official and even a man whose wife nearly died in the terror attack, as a deadline approached to weigh in on the historic privacy battle.
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Ex-LaPorte County auditor sentenced for embezzlement, fraud

March 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A former northwestern Indiana county auditor has been sentence to seven years in prison after being convicted of embezzling more than $150,000 in government funds, tax fraud and defrauding her father-in-law out of more than $600,000.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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