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Bouncing back from the bust

November 2, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Hammered in the recession, real estate law now faces competition from nonlawyers as well as the need to attract new faces.
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New report critical of Indiana’s indigent defense

November 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
The report found Indiana is failing to equally provide constitutionally mandated effective counsel to indigent people accused of felony, misdemeanor and juvenile offenses.
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Q&A with the Indiana AG candidates

November 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
Voters on Nov. 8 will replace outgoing Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Indiana Lawyer asked the candidates, Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo and Republican Curtis Hill, to respond to the same five questions. Here’s what they had to say.
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Prosecutors want pretrial release rule withdrawn

November 2, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
More than a month after the Indiana Supreme Court approved a rule that encourages state courts to release low-risk arrestees without bail, Indiana prosecutors are asking the justices to reconsider.
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If Clinton wins, more in GOP say no to 9 on Supreme Court

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has existed with its full complement of nine justices for close to 150 years, no matter who occupied the White House. Now some Republican lawmakers suggest they would be fine with just eight for four years more rather than have Hillary Clinton fill the vacancy.
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School district in Elkhart promises to nix live Nativity

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A student and parents suing a school district in Elkhart over its annual holiday pageant are still seeking a court order preventing the school from reverting to old versions of the show that contain live Nativity scenes.
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Indiana city wants to quickly resolve yard signs lawsuit

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
Officials in the southern Indiana city of Bedford say they hope to quickly resolve a resident's lawsuit that says a new yard sign law infringes on political expression.
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4 Indiana cities ask judge to dismiss LGBT protections suit

November 1, 2016
 Associated Press
Bloomington and three other Indiana cities have asked a Hamilton County judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
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Democratic representative asks US Attorneys for added vigilance

November 1, 2016
IL Staff
A state representative is asking the U.S. Attorneys from the Northern and Southern District of Indiana for added vigilance against potential voter intimidation during the Nov. 8 election.
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AG files for emergency stay in case against beer wholesaler

November 1, 2016
IL Staff
The state is fighting a court order that would require it to grant a wholesaler permit to Spirited Sales LLC, a company affiliated with Monarch Beverage that wants to sell liquor.
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Oregon case jury delivers blow to government in lands fight

October 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.
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Voter group wants documents unsealed in Indiana search

October 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A voter mobilization facing an investigation into possible voter registration fraud asked a court Thursday to unseal documents from an Indiana State Police search of its offices, saying it "has been publicly demonized by the highest state officials in Indiana."
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Judge lets Flint residents' lawsuit against state move ahead

October 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A Michigan judge has ruled in favor of Flint residents who sued the state over the city's man-made lead-tainted water crisis, rejecting a motion to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.
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Indiana police to discuss voter fraud probe no further

October 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The prosecutor in Indiana's most populous county has asked State Police to release no additional information on its investigation into possible voter fraud in 56 of the state's counties.
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Indiana candidates back Chicago man's stalled pardon request

October 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana gubernatorial candidates say they would likely grant a pardon to a Chicago man whose request hasn't been acted upon by Gov. Mike Pence for two years despite evidence he was wrongly sent to prison for an armed robbery conviction.
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Commission expects final regulations on daily fantasy sports by summer 2017

October 26, 2016
Olivia Covington
After Indiana became the second state in the country to authorize daily fantasy sports activities during the 2016 legislative session, the Indiana Gaming Commission told state lawmakers Tuesday that it is moving closer toward its goal of developing a set of rules to regulate the new industry.
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Holcomb, Gregg say Indiana must do more to fight drug abuse

October 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana gubernatorial candidates said during a debate Tuesday that they believe the state should do more to attack the growing abuse of heroin and other drugs.
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Planned Parenthood asks judge to strike abortion law

October 25, 2016
Dave Stafford
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has asked a federal judge to throw out abortion restrictions signed this year by Gov. Mike Pence that were blocked from taking effect July 1.
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Prison employee in New Castle files lawsuit over attack

October 24, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman who was severely beaten by an inmate at the New Castle Correctional Facility has sued the prison, her attacker and others.
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Prosecutor honored for victim advocacy efforts

October 24, 2016
IL Staff
A prosecutor is one of four central Indiana victim service providers to receive a 2016 Voices for Victims award from Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
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Report: Indiana fails to provide consistent indigent defense

October 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana is failing to equally provide constitutionally guaranteed effective counsel to indigent people accused of misdemeanor, felony and juvenile offenses, according to a report released Monday. In some counties, poor people facing criminal charges are encouraged to negotiate directly with prosecutors before being appointed counsel.
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Man who broke officer's jaw gets 30-year sentence

October 24, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man convicted of punching a jail officer so hard it broke his jaw in three places has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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SW Indiana county approves plan to digitize old records

October 21, 2016
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county has approved a plan to digitally preserve reams of court records dating to the 19th century.
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Fort Wayne changes law banning firearms from public parks

October 20, 2016
 Associated Press
The Fort Wayne City Council has approved changes to a city ordinance that bans firearms from city parks.
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Secretary of State: Altered voter registrations raise concerns

October 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Thousands of voter registrations were altered, raising concerns about possible fraud, says Indiana's chief elections official, whose office warned voters to check whether their information is correct online and encouraged voting early to avoid problems on Election Day.
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  1. Looks like 2017 will be another notable year for these cases. I have a Grandson involved in a CHINS case that should never have been. He and the whole family are being held hostage by CPS and the 'current mood' of the CPS caseworker. If the parents disagree with a decision, they are penalized. I, along with other were posting on Jasper County Online News, but all were quickly warned to remove posts. I totally understand that some children need these services, but in this case, it was mistakes, covered by coorcement of father to sign papers, lies and cover-ups. The most astonishing thing was within 2 weeks of this child being placed with CPS, a private adoption agency was asking questions regarding child's family in the area. I believe a photo that was taken by CPS manager at the very onset during the CHINS co-ocerment and the intent was to make money. I have even been warned not to post or speak to anyone regarding this case. Parents have completed all requirements, met foster parents, get visitation 2 days a week, and still the next court date is all the way out till May 1, which gives them(CPS) plenty of to time make further demands (which I expect) No trust of these 'seasoned' case managers, as I have already learned too much about their dirty little tricks. If they discover that I have posted here, I expect they will not be happy and penalized parents again. Still a Hostage.

  2. They say it was a court error, however they fail to mention A.R. was on the run from the law and was hiding. Thus why she didn't receive anything from her public defender. Step mom is filing again for adoption of the two boys she has raised. A.R. is a criminal with a serious heroin addiction. She filed this appeal MORE than 30 days after the final decision was made from prison. Report all the facts not just some.

  3. Hysteria? Really Ben? Tell the young lady reported on in the link below that worrying about the sexualizing of our children is mere hysteria. Such thinking is common in the Royal Order of Jesters and other running sex vacays in Thailand or Brazil ... like Indy's Jared Fogle. Those tempted to call such concerns mere histronics need to think on this: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-12-year-old-girl-live-streamed-her-suicide-it-took-two-weeks-for-facebook-to-take-the-video-down/ar-AAlT8ka?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartanntp

  4. This is happening so much. Even in 2016.2017. I hope the father sue for civil rights violation. I hope he sue as more are doing and even without a lawyer as pro-se, he got a good one here. God bless him.

  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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