Indiana Trial Courts

COA affirms tax sale despite auditor’s noncompliance

July 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana redevelopment company can move forward with its purchase of two Henry County properties at tax sale after the Indiana Court of Appeals determined the county auditor’s failure to comply with state statute did not invalidate the tax sale process.
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Suit: Montgomery Sheriff’s Office violated constitution

July 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A complaint filed last week in federal court claims the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department falsely told a man that he had a no-contact order against him and was prohibited from seeing his 12-year-old son.
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Woman pleads guilty to cruelty but gets 21 dogs back

July 24, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge ruled 21 dogs can be returned to an Evansville woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, months after authorities removed dozens from her property in Vanderburgh County.
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Yorktown official faces complaint for removal from office

July 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The state of Indiana is employing a statutory procedure to remove the Yorktown clerk-treasurer from office amid allegations that she has failed to fulfill her elected duties for the last two years, amounting to more than $100,000 in errors.
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Trial delayed over newborn’s death in college dorm bathtub

July 14, 2017
 Associated Press
An Elkhart woman’s trial on charges of murder and neglect related to her newborn son’s death has been postponed until next year.
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Couple found with 111 cats in home pleads guilty to neglect

July 14, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana couple who lived in a house with 111 cats pleaded guilty to child neglect charges but avoided any jail time.
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State Sen. Glick gets probationary deal in attorney discipline case

July 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
A northern Indiana state senator who was accused of mishandling 22 estate cases — including several open cases that are decades old — will not be suspended from the practice of law if she abides by conditions imposed by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Man acquitted of murder in Lafayette art teacher’s slaying

July 14, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused of killing a Lafayette elementary school art teacher has been acquitted of murder and other charges.
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TV station challenging ban on airing court audio

July 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
A case currently before the Indiana Court of Appeals could have a precedential effect on the process judges must go through before prohibiting the broadcasting of court recordings, as a northern Indiana TV station argues for answers as to why it was banned from airing a court-provided recording of a sentencing hearing in a high-profile case.
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Mental exam ordered for Indiana mom who suffocated her kids

July 11, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge in Fort Wayne on Monday ordered a mental competency exam for an Indiana woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the suffocation deaths of her two children last year and still faces charges in the fatal shooting of a neighbor.
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Marion County courts seek comments on proposed bail rule changes

July 10, 2017
IL Staff
The Marion County courts are seeking comments from legal professionals and members of the public on proposed amendments to local rules dealing with bail.
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Supreme Court seeking comments on proposed rule changes

July 10, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court Appellate Technology section is soliciting feedback on proposed changes to four areas of Indiana judicial procedure.
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Man found incompetent for trial in Lake Co. strangulations

July 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A handyman facing murder charges for fatally strangling two Lake County women has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
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Trial court judge returning to bench after Guantanamo Bay deployment

July 7, 2017
IL Staff
An Indiana trial court judge who has spent the last year serving at Guantanamo Bay will return to his post in the Hoosier state this month.
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Prosecutor: No charges against 2 officers in man’s shooting

June 26, 2017
 Associated Press
Two central Indiana police officers won’t face charges for shooting a man who they said tried to run them down with his car after an attempted traffic stop.
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Fort Wayne TV station seeks to broadcast doctor’s sentencing hearing

June 21, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A Fort Wayne television station has filed an appeal challenging a Huntington Circuit judge’s order denying its request to air a trial court recording of a doctor’s sentencing hearing for felony sexual battery.
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Goff joining Indiana Supreme Court July 24

June 19, 2017
IL Staff
A temporary replacement for the judge of the Wabash Superior Court has been appointed as current Judge Christopher Goff prepares to step down from the trial court bench and transition to the Indiana Supreme Court next month.
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Indiana domestic violence law addresses phone plans, pets

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
A new Indiana law taking effect July 1 aims to help those affected by domestic violence leave abusive relationships.
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Canvassers charged in fake, fraudulent voter registrations

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Twelve employees of a Democrat-linked group focused on mobilizing black voters in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications ahead of last year’s general election to meet quotas, according to charging documents filed Friday.
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Judge gives man convicted in Gary slaying 147-year term

June 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced a man to 147 years in prison after he was convicted in the drug-related slaying of a man in Gary three years ago.
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Indiana man charged in crash that killed girl, 6

June 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man accused of causing a highway crash near Muncie that killed his girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter has been formally charged in the deadly crash.
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Anderson lawyer pleads guilty in estate misappropriation case

June 2, 2017
 Associated Press
Suspended Anderson attorney Stephen Schuyler has pleaded guilty in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds from six estates totaling more than $700,000.
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Man charged in Elkhart slaying says he met victim online

June 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A 22-year-old man charged with murder in the slaying of a former northern Indiana city councilman told detectives he met the victim after responding to an online advertisement for casual encounters, court documents say.
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Lack of statewide will procedures leaves unanswered questions about official documents

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
The final stop for a last will and testament in the e-filing era depends on where in Indiana an estate is opened and what the local probate court demands, at least for now.
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COA: Suspended attorney’s failure to litigate attributable to client

May 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A now-suspended attorney’s repeated failure to communicate with his client and litigate her case was a failure directly attributable to the client and, thus, made the opposing party entitled to summary judgment, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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  1. Joseph Buser, Montgomery County Chief Prosecutor, has been involved in both representing the State of Indiana as Prosecutor while filing as Representing Attorney on behalf of himself and the State of Indiana in Civil Proceedings for seized cash and merchandise using a Verified Complaint For Forfeiture of Motor Vehicle, Us Currency And Reimbursement Of Costs, as is evident in Montgomery County Circuit Court Case Number 54C01-1401-MI-000018, CCS below, seen before Judge Harry Siamas, and filed on 01/13/2014. Sheriff Mark Castille is also named. All three defendants named by summons have prior convictions under Mr. Buser, which as the Indiana Supreme Court, in the opinion of The Matter of Mark R. McKinney, No. 18S00-0905-DI-220, stated that McKinney created a conflict of interest by simultaneously prosecuting drug offender cases while pocketing assets seized from defendants in those cases. All moneys that come from forfeitures MUST go to the COMMON SCHOOL FUND.

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  4. Oh, and you fail to mention that you deprived the father of far FAR more time than he ever did you, even requiring officers to escort the children back into his care. Please, can you see that you had a huge part in "starting the war?" Patricia, i can't understand how painfully heartbreak ithis ordeal must have been for you. I read the appellate case and was surprised to see both sides of the story because your actions were harmful to your child; more so than the fathers. The evidence wasn't re weighed. It was properly reviewed for abuse of discretion as the trial court didn't consider whether a change of circumstance occurred or follow and define the statutes that led to their decision. Allowing a child to call a boyfriend "daddy" and the father by his first name is unacceptable. The first time custody was reversed to father was for very good reason. Self reflection in how you ultimately lost primary custody is the only way you will be able heal and move forward. Forgiveness of yourself comes after recognition and I truly hope you can get past the hurt and pain to allow your child the stability and care you recognized yourself that the father provides.

  5. Patricia, i can't understand how painfully heartbreak ithis ordeal must have been for you. I read the appellate case and was surprised to see both sides of the story because your actions were harmful to your child; more so than the fathers. The evidence wasn't re weighed. It was properly reviewed for abuse of discretion as the trial court didn't consider whether a change of circumstance occurred or follow and define the statutes that led to their decision. Allowing a child to call a boyfriend "daddy" and the father by his first name is unacceptable. The first time custody was reversed to father was for very good reason. Self reflection in how you ultimately lost primary custody is the only way you will be able heal and move forward. Forgiveness of yourself comes after recognition and I truly hope you can get past the hurt and pain to allow your child the stability and care you recognized yourself that the father provides.

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