Government

COA reverses child welfare molestation case

October 31, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Court of Appeals has tossed out the convictions and 106-year sentence of a former Hamilton County child welfare worker accused of molesting two boys, including an autistic boy who he'd mentored.
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Chief justice to talk on government reform

October 29, 2008
IL Staff
Just one day after the general election, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will discuss the challenges of local government reform at an event organized by provocate.org.
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New St. Joseph Superior judge appointed

October 24, 2008
IL Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed South Bend attorney Margot Fisher Reagan to St. Joseph Superior Court to replace the retired Judge William T. Means.
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Court finds fax to be a contract

October 24, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of a landlord in his breach of lease claims against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, finding a faxed agreement amending the original terms of the lease constituted a contract.
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Child Advocates relocates

October 21, 2008
IL Staff
Child Advocates has relocated its offices, where it will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30.The organization moved to 8200 Haverstick Road, Suite 240, Indianapolis, IN 46240. The event is open to the public. People interested in attending should RSVP by Oct. 24 to Dionne@childadvocates.net or call (317) 493-2240.
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IU Law - Indy to host roundtable on economy

October 20, 2008
IL Staff
Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis faculty members will discuss Thursday their analyses of the current economic issues facing the U.S. in a roundtable discussion, "The Economic Crisis and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008."
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Court consolidates Lake County voter cases

October 15, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court has stepped in to settle conflicting rulings from two Lake County courts regarding early-voting sites in East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond, deciding that consolidating the cases to proceed in Lake Superior Court is the "most orderly approach."
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Federalist society to preview SCOTUS term

October 14, 2008
IL Staff
The Federalist Society's Indianapolis Lawyers Division Chapter will present a preview of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court 2008-09 term featuring Kannon Shanmugam, who served as assistant to the solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice and is currently a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm Williams & Connolly.
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Settlement may be largest of its kind

October 14, 2008
Michael Hoskins
In what is believed to be the highest-ever payout of its kind in the state, the Indiana Department of Insurance will receive $16.5 million from a national legal malpractice insurer as part of a federal lawsuit settlement.
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Russian lawyers in Indy to learn legal system

October 13, 2008
IL Staff
Five Russian lawyers currently are visiting Indianapolis to learn about United States' legal issues and legal system.
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State settles with legal malpractice insurer

October 13, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A legal malpractice insurance carrier has agreed to pay $16.5 million to Indiana's insurance department, settling a federal lawsuit that had come on the heels of a state malpractice claim where an Indianapolis law firm got hit with an $18 million verdict.
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COA to hear license plate args in Greencastle

October 13, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals travels to Greencastle Oct. 14 to hear arguments in a case involving Indiana's "In God We Trust" license plates.
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Court: CHINS records aren't available to media

October 10, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The circumstances that led to two siblings being deemed as children in need of services and the media attention their family received don't justify the trial court allowing the media access to the children's CHINS records, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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Retired teacher to be honored for CASA work

October 6, 2008
IL Staff
A retired teacher will be honored Thursday for her volunteer work for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
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President Bush signs Great Lakes Compact

October 6, 2008
IL Staff
An updated multi-state compact to implement more protections to the Great Lakes has been signed into law. President George W. Bush signed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Oct. 3.
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4.4 million Hoosiers registered to vote

October 3, 2008
IL Staff
ccording to the Indiana Secretary of State's Web site, Indiana has nearly 4.4 million registered voters, based on information last updated Sept. 27.
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Agency sues DOC over mentally ill prisoners

October 2, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A state agency created in response to a federal mandate is suing the Indiana Department of Correction for what it claims is poor treatment of mentally ill prisoners.
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Bar wants merit-based selection extended

October 2, 2008
IL Staff
The Lake County Bar Association will send a delegation to Friday's Commission on Courts meeting to endorse the adoption of legislation that would support merit-based selection of judges to the County Courts Division.
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After exoneration

October 1, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Wrongfully convicted Hoosier settles federal suit for $4.5 million.
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Judges disagree on attorney fee provision

September 30, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A legal battle that was once about Indiana's requirements to obtain a driver's license or state identification turned into a tug-of-war appeal about attorney fees.
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Evidence failed to support ending parental rights

September 29, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's ruling to involuntarily terminate a mother's parental rights to her young twins, finding the court issued deficient termination orders and lacked clear and convincing evidence to terminate the parental rights.
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Transfer granted to school financing case

September 29, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer last week to a case of first impression involving the courts' authority to review the state's school financing formula.
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Former Sen. Birch Bayh to speak at law school

September 23, 2008
IL Staff
Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh will present a public lecture about the importance of the separation of church and state Sept. 25 at his alma mater, Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.
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Event to focus on election, U.S. Supreme Court

September 23, 2008
IL Staff
University of Notre Dame Law School professor Richard Garnett is the featured speaker at an event discussing the upcoming presidential election and its impact on the nation's highest court.
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9th Circuit upholds Arizona immigration law

September 18, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Indiana lawmakers who want to pass legislation targeting employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants got ammunition from a federal appellate court ruling in California.
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